Below is a map of my favourite big climbs by mountain bike in the Alps.…
We were in Val d’Isère for Sunday’s Col de l’Iseran “bike-only” day and I decided to spend Saturday exploring up high and off-the-beaten-track.
Steep, unpaved, very fun climb up to Col du Joly – and above.
A third way up the legendary Col de Joux Plane – by mountain bike.
A Truly superb loop in central Switzerland in the shadows of the heavily glaciated Wildstrubel Alps. And two fantastically named passes.
I would happily put either side of Grosse Scheidegg on any top ten list of great Alpine cycling climbs.
The other day while riding through the vallée verte I saw a path up high in the distance that looked very intriguing.
I was looking to see of it was possible to climb a tiny “road” up to Col de la Charmette.
If you don’t like a little bike pushing and carrying then you best ignore this post.
Ovronnaz is a little ski station in the Valais region of Switzerland that has featured recently in the Tour de Suisse. It’s a beautiful and steep 10 kilometre climb. Vineyards down low, south facing for plenty of sun on a cool November day, and dozens of amazing hairpins: