DEAD ENDS & Cake

Dead Ends & Cakes – an unsupported bikepacking adventure in Switzerland

DEAD ENDS & Cake

Dead Ends & Cakes – an unsupported bikepacking adventure in Switzerland

Road Cycling Collection by DEAD ENDS & Cake

What are the perfect ingredients for a great bikepacking event? Besides a good portion of passion, there are basically two things – great landscapes and cake. After all, what could be better than crowning a fantastic day on your bike with a lovingly baked treat? We are firmly convinced that cycling without cake is possible but pointless. At Dead Ends & Cakes, a very special self-supported bikepacking event in northeast Switzerland, that's exactly why there’s not only a stamp at the checkpoints, but also a sugary reward. #incakewetrust

We also came up with something special for our time on the bike around the Swiss community of St. Gallen. Rather than well-trodden paths, Dead Ends & Cake follows roads and paths that are usually forgotten, as they lead to a dead end. Yet it is often precisely these routes that are particularly beautiful; small roads carving through the rock, steep alpine paths and rustic blasted tunnels, that are practically traffic-free, that head up an alp or to the end of a valley – where the cake is already waiting. Five such dead ends feature in this adventure, at the end of which lies a checkpoint.

It’s up to participants how they collect their ration of cake. Both the checkpoint order and route choice are up to them to decide. Likewise, everyone can choose what kind of bike they want to ride and what pace. It doesn’t matter if you like to speed-bolt on a racing bike, overland with a gravel bike, or take the direct route over mule tracks on a mountain bike. What counts in the end is that you’ve had a good time on your bike and a delicious slice of cake.

In this Collection, we've compiled the five cake/checkpoints of the 2021 Dead Ends & Cakes. They form the basis of route planning for the participants who will arrive in St. Gallen from June 25 to 27, 2021. For further information about the event, visit deadendsandcake.ch/en.

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Tours & Highlights

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    The coach house on Kleinbergstrasse is our cozy base camp. It is the meeting point before the start and after the finish line. The doors are open to you!

    Here are some amenities waiting for you:
    - a bike workshop for use
    - Luggage can be deposited
    - There is coffee, drinks and cake
    - There is a barbecue and a fireplace for use.

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    Checkpoint Hochalp

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The Hochalp is just five kilometers from the Schwägalp pass. It is another 250 meters higher than the famous pass at the foot of the Säntis and offers a breathtaking panorama of the Alpstein. And yes: not only the panorama, but also the steep ascent will take your breath away! Whoever pushes his bike here does not lose his honor or a lot of time.

    Once at the top, the mountain inn appears beautifully located on the ridge and offers a magnificent view of the Säntis and the surrounding mountains from the sun terrace. The restaurant offers traditional cuisine and the famous Appenzeller Biber (gingerbread).

    Caution is advised on the steep descent with some grazing grids. The entrance to the spur road begins in the typical Appenzell village of Urnäsch. The surrounding hamlets and villages with the typical Appenzell houses and farms are picturesquely embedded in the hills.

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    Checkpoint Safiental

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The checkpoint in Safiental is at the Berggasthaus Turrahus (Berggasthaus Turrahus). The Turrahus offers fresh cuisine and beautiful rooms in the over 300 year old inn. There are many ancient wooden houses to discover along the way. An absolute highlight awaits you on the approach shortly before Versam: “Ruinaulta” - the Rhine Gorge. It is one of the most spectacular streets in Switzerland with an impressive view.

    If you want to replenish your supplies, the self-service shop in the village of Versam is recommended. Fresh, homemade products provide a lot of energy and are extremely tasty. After that, almost traffic-free, you continue to Safiental, where the mountain landscape becomes more impressive meter by meter. Time seems to have stood still back here and you can imagine the simple life of a few hundred years ago.

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    Checkpoint Calfeisental

    Road Cycling Highlight

    At the back of the Calfeisental is Sankt Martin. An almost forgotten village consisting of a chapel, a water mill and some 700-year-old wooden houses. Time seems to be standing still here. Thanks to a lot of passion and craftsmanship, the wooden houses have been preserved to this day.

    Remember: The road from the Gigerwald reservoir is so narrow that the traffic is alternating every half hour, as follows:
    - Full hour until 8 pm to> direction Sankt Martin,
    - half an hour to 10 a.m. before> driving in the direction of the dam,
    - from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m.> free travel.

    The checkpoint is in the Walser village of Sankt Martin with the alpine economy of the same name and is located directly below the Sardona tectonic arena, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tiny village around the church from 1312 has an eventful history (sanktmartin.info/geschichte). The alpine economy offers the finest regional cuisine and if you want to treat yourself to an extended break, you will even find a wellness area with sauna and hotpot here.

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    Checkpoint Sernftal

    Road Cycling Highlight

    A fantastic path leads from Schwanden along the Sernft to the back of the valley. The last meters up to the Obererbs ski hut demand everything from you again. But hey - what do you not do for a good cake and a magnificent view.

    The checkpoint is located in the immediate vicinity of the Obererbs ski hut (obererbs.ch). The mountain inn is also open in summer and offers food and accommodation in shared rooms. But the real highlight is the magnificent view of the surrounding mountains!

    If you take a little detour when you arrive, you will find a fountain here (komoot.de/highlight/527923) filled with cool "Elmer-Citro" - the famous lemonade from the region.

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    Checkpoint Tösstal

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The Dägelsberger Wiesli is quiet and secluded below the Dägelsberg. The ascent from Steg in Tösstal leads over small, steep streets, high up to 1,100 meters. The many fountains offer fresh spring water and the friendly Sennhütte restaurant invites you to refresh yourself. From here an easily navigable gravel road continues, past the Hübschegg to the quaint little Dägelsberghütte, where the well-earned cake is waiting for you!

    Countless narrow streets, paths and trails run through the wild forests (be careful when planning - some trails and paths in this area are extremely steep!). With a little luck you will see chamois, capercaillie, golden eagle or even a lynx!

    The checkpoint is located in the Dägelsberghütte (cevi-uster.ch/daegi/index.php?page=29). This is a very rustic mountain hut with fresh spring water, but no electricity. There is a public fireplace right next to the hut. A little below is the mountain inn “Sennhütte 1028”, which offers food, cool drinks and overnight accommodation.

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DEAD ENDS & Cake

Dead Ends & Cakes – an unsupported bikepacking adventure in Switzerland