Off to the clouds on slick asphalt

Road Cycling Collection by
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As you push round bend after bend, the only thing that matters is that you keep pedaling. Push. And now push some more. As you crank yourself ever upwards, you adjust to the lowest gear possible. It's not going to get any easier than this. Your lungs are screaming, meter by meter, but the end has to arrive soon. Your muscles are burning, your forehead sweating, and it's getting tough to even drink. Raising your head up slightly, you see it: There it is! The end is in sight. The top of the pass is patiently waiting for you, and it's been here the whole time. As soon as you crest the hill, you unclip your shoe, place your foot on the tarmac and take a moment to look over the valleys all around before admiring the roads snaking into them. Now this is where the fun really starts. The agony and the joy that comes with climbing and descending mountain passes is something that is only comprehensible to those who know. To those who have pushed themselves up passes — only to witness both the extraordinary views and the exhilarating feeling you get from climbing so high. So you can inject more of this into your life, here are the best passes in the Alps — and they're all waiting for you.

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    Stilfser Joch-Serpentinen

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    She is also known as the "Queen of the Pass roads". Truly bold is the road leading up to 2757m, to one of the highest alpine passes. The 48-sweeping driveway of Prad is a true classic, but therefore often crowded. If you want to fight the 1800m high to the Stilfser Joch alone, this is best done in the low-traffic hours in the morning at 7 o'clock in the morning or at 8 o'clock in the evening. Quieter driveways are possible from Santa Maria or Bormio.

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    Colle del Nivolet

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    Very little used pass road, because no real pass. After about 2km the paved road stops on the other side. From Cuorgnè you can enjoy the beautiful nature undisturbed. A highlight is also the 3.5km long tunnel behind Noasca, which is almost alone.

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    Furkapass

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The Furkapass is one of the most impressive and beautiful passes in the Alps. Those who make it up here will be rewarded at 2429m with a unique mountain panorama and a view of the Rhone glacier. Already in Roman times, the pass was committed, a street was first in 1866.

    In 1964, some film scenes of the James Bond film "Goldfinger" with Sean Connery as Bond were filmed on the Furkapass. The scenes in Switzerland are now regarded as classics of Bond history and were therefore cited in later films.

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    Col de la Lombarde

    Road Cycling Highlight

    For real border crossers! Between France and Italy, this 44km long border pass balances across the Maritime Alps. From both sides a brisk increase is imminent. At the top of the pass, tired calves are welcomed by the historic Fort Col de la Lombarde and can relax there for a short while.

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    Albulapass

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    Hardly any transit traffic, a sporty 2315 m pass and an amazing panorama make the Albula one of the most popular mountain passes among experienced saddle skiers.

    The much tougher ride climbs the pass from Tiefencastel and covers 1280 vertical meters. From La Punt it is less than half: 625 vertical meters.

    The Albula is not only popular among cyclists; Railway enthusiasts all over the world enjoy the historic Rhaetian Railway. Opened in 1903, it is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a prime example of Swiss engineering.

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    Grimselpass

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    The fact that the Grimsel is a true classic, can already be proved by these numbers:
    Ten times the Grimselpass was already part of the Tour de Suisse: 1937, 1953, 1956, 1962, 1973, 1986, 1996, 2002, 2007 and 2011. He arrived in 2007. The Grimsel is also the eighth highest pass, which ever part of the tour de Swiss was.

    But that does not mean that only professionals can beat him. Especially from the south (Ulrichen), it is never hellish and amateurs still come to the desired high alpine feeling.

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    Grödner Joch

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The Gardena Pass is one of the four Dolomite passes and can be reached by both Corvara and Wolkenstein. It is located at an altitude of 2,121 meters below the mighty north face of the Sellastock. When you start in Val Gardena, you first have to go to Plan de Gralba and continue along winding roads. Spectacular, the road now passes below the northern walls of the Murfreitspitzen before it becomes steeper just before the transition. The average gradient is eight percent over 10.5 kilometers and 560 vertical meters. Alternatively, Corvara can be chosen as a starting point. The route is about one kilometer shorter.

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    Timmelsjoch

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    Crisp 800 height meters complacent as completion? The Timmelsjoch is not only famous for the beautiful, rough mountain landscape. The total of 1,800 meters of altitude from St. Leonhard, 30km away, puts muscles and lungs to the test. You can feel the glacier's proximity and the Jochwind, while one clenched teeth climbs one of the largest continuous slopes of the Alps.

    Here every year at the end of August the Ötztal-Radmarathon takes place, which is considered by experts to be extremely difficult. In 1988, the Giro d'Italia led with a stage from Meran over the Timmelsjoch to Innsbruck. The pass separates Austria and Italy and lies at an altitude of 2474 m.

    The Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road is open daily from 7 am to 8 pm. Due to the exposed high mountain location, a tour is only possible in the period from about the beginning of June to about the end of October. Driving is at your own risk, a functioning bicycle lighting is mandatory.

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    Sellajoch

    Bike Touring Highlight

    A good paved road with a steady, but never very steep slope leads here to the pass at 2244m. The impressive panorama of the Sella Group makes you almost forget that you are sitting in the saddle and fighting straight up a mountain.

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    Pordoijoch

    Road Cycling Highlight

    There are a total of 65 bends to overcome if you drive up and down the Passo Pordoi between Canazei and Arabba for a total of 22 kilometers. From Canazei it goes up 809 meters, then rapidly down 656. At 2,239 meters, the road below the Piz Boé is the highest asphalted pass in the Dolomites.

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    Großglockner Hochalpenstrasse

    Road Cycling Highlight

    A hard but rewarding piece of work is the pass road past the highest mountain in Austria for cyclists. It leads through several vegetation zones - from the mountain meadow to the eternal ice. The classic route leads from Bruck (755 m) in the north to Heiligenblut (1301 m) or Winklern (965 m) in the south. In between you can reach the 2504 m altitude with a great view of the Alps. From here it is only and the collected altitude will be converted directly into speed and joy.

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