Cycling in Switzerland may not be as well known as France or Italy, but it is considered a paradise for road cyclists. Indeed, the Swiss Tourism Bureau has announced it is making cycling the theme of its summer campaign in 2018.
“We guarantee the most intense cycling experience in the world,” declared Switzerland’s Tourism director Martin Nydegger at a media conference in Zurich to launch the campaign.
Devotees of road cycling are drawn to Switzerland by the 17 mountain passes at over 2,000 metres in height.
Today, considering that the Cancellara-Gaimon race is approaching, we want to ‘virtually’ take you on a ride through one of the Top Road Cycling routes in the Alps: Aigle - Villars-sur-Ollon.
Our ride starts in the little town of Aigle, in Switzerland’s Chablais region. Aigle is currently home to the UCI, the International Cycling Union.
The loop will take us over 3 passes in the French speaking part of Switzerland: Col des Mosses, Col du Pillon, and Col de la Croix, to end in the village of Villars-sur-Ollon, a well known stage finish of the Tour de Romandie and the Tour de Suisse, the two Swiss legs of the UCI WorldTour.
With the starting point in Aigle and a climb of 1056m we arrive to the first pass: Col des Mosses. Col des Mosses, (1445 m) is a mountain pass in the western Bernese Alps of Switzerland. A cross-country skiing paradise, Les Mosses also attracts downhill skiing enthusiasts from a young age and hikers in the summer.
From there we will descend to Chateau d’Oex to climb again towards Col du Pillon (1545m). During the descent we can stop and recharge some of our energy at the ville of l’Etivaz, famous for its cheese of the same name.
The last climb, to Col de la Croix (1778m), is considered one of the longest and most arduous Switzerland has to offer, no regrets when you get to see the views!
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