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Alain Rumpf (A Swiss With A Pulse)

Best of Alpes vaudoises

Collection by Alain Rumpf (A Swiss With A Pulse)

8

Tours

38:33 h

353 mi

36,950 ft

I live in the Alpes vaudoises and have created this collection of my favorite rides in this beautiful Swiss region located east from Lake Geneva. The Alpes vaudoises are easily accessible by plane, car and train. There are many quiet and well surfaced roads that will blow away first time visitors.It is a climbing paradise with several passes that are regular features in pro races such as the Tour de Romandie, the Tour de Suisse and the Tour de France.The Union Cycliste Internationale, cycling's world governing body, has its headquarters in Aigle, at the World Cycling Centre. It is a great coffee stop and there is a velodrome, a hall of fame and a small exhibition area with bikes from all eras.This collection is a mix of challenging loops in the mountains and easier rides down in the Rhone valley. There is also one gravel loop for off road lovers.

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  • Classic passes of the Alpes vaudoises

    08:32
    71.1 mi
    8.3 mph
    7,850 ft
    7,775 ft

    The classic loop of the Alpes vaudoises with the Col de la Croix, the Col du Pillon and the Col des Mosses. The ride starts in Aigle at the World Cycling Center which is home to the UCI.

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  • Difficult
    06:03
    58.3 mi
    9.6 mph
    7,600 ft
    7,600 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This route starting in Villars-sur-Ollon uses mostly small roads with moderate traffic, with exceptional views of Lake Geneva and the Alps.

    

    Starting from Villars, the Col de la Croix (km 8, 1774 m) has several demanding climbs and then a flat section where you can recover before tackling the last 3 kilometres

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  • Difficult
    04:31
    37.1 mi
    8.2 mph
    4,800 ft
    4,800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Villars is located mid-way up the Col de la Croix, the essential climb for cyclists in the region. After reaching the summit, there’s a long descent to Aigle before you climb back up to Villars via Bex.

    

    With nearly 1300m of climbing, the Col de la Croix (1778 m) is one of the toughest passes in Switzerland

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  • Easy
    02:00
    28.6 mi
    14.3 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Easy road ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This flat route to the shores of Lake Geneva, along quiet roads, is ideal for families.

    

    Le Chablais is the ideal terrain for easy cycling away from the main roads. On the way, you cycle along the train line, through Aigle (km 11), to Villeneuve (km 21) where you can have a well-deserved rest and admire

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  • Intermediate
    02:06
    25.2 mi
    12.0 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,675 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This undulating route takes you through the hills of Le Chablais and returns along the banks of the Rhône.

    

    There are three hills on this moderately difficult route: La Pelouse (km 5), Bévieux (km 10) and Verschiez (km 18), while the return trip is on the flat. You can refuel in the café-restaurant at

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  • Difficult
    05:02
    30.7 mi
    6.1 mph
    4,725 ft
    4,700 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Alpes vaudoises offer many options for gravel lovers. This loop from Villars-sur-Ollon takes you to the ski area of Bretaye via a small, quiet road with great views on the Rhone valley near the top.

    

    From there you traverse towards the Diablerets ski area, on mostly gravel roads with some steep sections

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  • Difficult
    07:12
    77.5 mi
    10.8 mph
    6,300 ft
    6,300 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Allow a day for this ride which starts by taking you to the shores of Lake Geneva and then climbs back up to Bulle.

    

    For a change, this route from Les Diablerets starts with a descent towards Aigle (km 19). Then there’s a flat section to Montreux (km 35), before heading up again to Châtel-Saint-Denis

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  • Difficult
    03:07
    24.4 mi
    7.8 mph
    3,700 ft
    3,700 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    At km 2, just before Vers l’Eglise, take a right towards Les Voëttes. Then there’s a short climb followed by a descent to La Comballaz (km 10) and an 11 km section of climbs and descents through the mountain pastures to Leysin.

    After the descent to Le Sépey, you follow a small road back up to the charming

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    UCI World Cycling Centre

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The World Cycling Centre is an elite level cycling training center that also hosts the headquarters of the UCI, cycling's world governing body.
    The centre is open to the public. You can stop for coffee or a meal at the Vélodrome, the in--house café. You can also check out the indoor velodrome and visit the exhibition area with a Hall of Fame and a collection of vintage bicycles

    Tip by Alain Rumpf (A Swiss With A Pulse)

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    Col des Mosses north side

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    A regular feature in the Tour de Romandie and Tour de Suisse, the Col des Mosses is the easiest climb of the Alpes vaudoises, with two flat sections and otherwise gentle slopes.

    Tip by Alain Rumpf (A Swiss With A Pulse)

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    Col du Pillon south side

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    The south side of the Col du Pillom from Les Diablerets is short (5km) and offers fantastic views on the Massif des Diablerets and spectacular waterfalls.

    Tip by Alain Rumpf (A Swiss With A Pulse)

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    Col de la Croix south side

    Road Cycling Highlight

    From the Rhone valley, the Col de la Croix is a BIG challenge with more than 1300m of climbing. The upper part meanders through woods and pastures all the way to the top at 1775m.

    Tip by Alain Rumpf (A Swiss With A Pulse)

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    Col de la Croix north side

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    The gradient is almost constant (around 7%) on this climb which offers beautiful views on the Massif des Diablerets. Enjoy the famous tarte (cake) de Francine at the top!

    Tip by Alain Rumpf (A Swiss With A Pulse)

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    Le Bévieux to Barboleuse climb

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    The first part of the climb in the vineyards has the steepest gradients (10 to 12%). The rest is much easier (6 to 8%).
    This is the best option to climb the Col de la Croix as the road from Ollon to Villars is much busier.

    Tip by Alain Rumpf (A Swiss With A Pulse)

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    View on the Grand Muveran

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Take a break and sit a the pic nic table on the right to enjoy the view!

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    Nice gravel section with a fantastic view just before you get to the Bretaye ski area

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    Boulangerie Tea Room Charlet

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Great place to stop for coffee on the way to Villars and the Col de la Croix. Fantastic choice of baked goods, sandwiches and salads

    Tip by Alain Rumpf (A Swiss With A Pulse)

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    Bike path along the Rhone

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    Quiet road reserved for bikes along the Rhone river. You can stop at the UCI's World cycling Center for coffee and food

    Tip by Alain Rumpf (A Swiss With A Pulse)

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    Descente du Lac de l’Hongrin

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    Stunning view on Lake Geneva from Les Agites just before the start of the big downhill.
    Respect the schedule indicated on the sign at the entrance of the dark and narrow tunnel at the top to avoid scary encounters with oncoming traffic!
    The downhill is steep in places (>20%), control your speed.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Highlights
    14
  • Distance
    353 mi
  • Duration
    38:33 h
  • Elevation
    36,950 ft

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