"Coop Ride the Alps"— a spectacular cycling experience

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Swiss roads are famous for leading you through breathtaking mountain landscapes and over mythical Alpine passes. And the "Coop Ride the Alps" event offers some of the best Swiss cycling possible, with numerous roads and passes being reserved exclusively for cyclists on selected dates.

The Coop Ride the Alps event consists is a 10-day cycling celebration spread over the summer season. On each of these days, a selected route belongs entirely to cyclists. The tracks are closed to cars, allowing you to properly enjoy this beautiful mountain world in its original tranquillity together with many like-minded people. And there is something for everyone: Some events, such as the "Unicef - Cycling for Children" offer a more relaxed experience, which is just right for enjoying the Swiss Alps with the whole family. On other days, you'll find ample opportunity to test your mettle: Compete in the "Granfondo San Gottardo" or the "Chasing Cancellara", and go up against cycling pro Fabian Cancellara. At the "Challenge Davos Festival," the whole city is completely dedicated to cycling.

Whatever you choose, you are guaranteed to get your money's worth.

By the way: You can also enjoy cycling in the Swiss Alps outside of this event series. Information about routes, cities, accommodations—as well as innumerable tips—can be found here: myswitzerland.com/de-de/rennrad.html

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Tours & Highlights

  • Expert
    02:56
    28.5 km
    9.7 km/h
    1,690 m
    70 m
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Swiss roads lead through breathtaking mountain landscapes and over mythical Alpine passes. The event series "Coop Ride the Alps" (ridethealps.ch) offers a first class cycling experience: on selected dates, pass roads are reserved exclusively for cyclists. On May 26, 2018, the "Coop Ride the Alps Susten" starts.The Susten Pass connects the Reusstal at the foot of the Gotthard with the Haslital in the Bernese Oberland, the town of Wassen in the canton of Uri with Innertkirchen in the canton of Bern. The Sustenpassstrasse was only opened in 1945 and is the first pass road specially conceived for traffic in the Alpine region.The structurally spectacular Sustenstrasse is mainly used for tourism and is therefore cleared of snow late, the winter lock often lasts from early November to June.In Innertkirchen the starting point separate the pass roads of the Susten and Grimesls. In partly tight bends, the street leads from the village Gadmen with its beautiful old houses the Gadmertal up to the pass. Finally, you will be rewarded with an overwhelming view of a barren mountain landscape with Steinsee and the stone glacier.All information about racing cycling in Switzerland can be found here: myswitzerland.com/de-de/rennrad.html

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  • Expert
    06:38
    83.4 km
    12.6 km/h
    2,500 m
    1,660 m
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Swiss roads lead through breathtaking mountain landscapes and over mythical Alpine passes. The event series "Coop Ride the Alps" (ridethealps.ch) offers a first class cycling experience: on selected dates, pass roads are reserved exclusively for cyclists. On July 1, 2018, the "Coop Ride the Alps vaudoises" starts.The Col de la Croix (1779 m) connects Les Diablerets with the Rhone valley. Together with the Col des Mosses and the Col du Pillon, this is a round of first-class passes - both scenic and sporty.At the Coop Ride the Alps, presented by Chasing Cancellara, you will not only have the pleasure of driving without timekeeping, but also the unique opportunity to compete against the champion. Can you beat Fabian Cancellara in a direct duel and finish in front of him?All information about racing cycling in Switzerland can be found here: myswitzerland.com/de-de/rennrad.html

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  • Expert
    02:14
    32.9 km
    14.7 km/h
    990 m
    690 m
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Oberalp connects Surselva in the Grisons with the canton of Uri in Central Switzerland. Only a few decades ago, a section of the old Oberalpweg was called "via Romana" (Roman road).Near the Oberalppass lies the small, mystical Tomasee. Here is the source of the Rhine,
    one of the most important rivers in Europe. As a symbolic connection between the Alps and the North Sea stands on the Oberalp Pass stands a lighthouse, a popular photo subject.
    The Oberalp is only passable in summer. A year-round connection between the two cantons forms the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn with car transport and open-air wagons.At Chasing Cancellara on June 24, 2018, you will have the unique opportunity to compete against the champion in addition to the enjoyable tour of the Oberalps without timekeeping. Can you beat Fabian Cancellara in a direct duel and finish in front of him?Anyway, this weekend, you can concentrate fully on driving the champion away. Because the 32 kilometers of the pass road are completely closed to traffic.All information about racing cycling in Switzerland can be found here: myswitzerland.com/de-de/rennrad.html

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  • Intermediate
    01:36
    17.8 km
    11.1 km/h
    850 m
    30 m
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    The Challenge Davos Festival from 15.-16. September 2018 is a highlight of the season for the Swiss triathlon and multi-sports season and, at the same time, its glamorous finale. All races take place in the context of "Coop Ride the Alps" (ridethealps.ch) on the Flüelapass, which is completely closed to motorized traffic. Information about the festival can be found here: challenge-davos.chThe Flüela Pass is the northernmost "second millenium" of the Swiss Alps and connects Davos in Landwassertal, the highest city in Europe with Susch in the Lower Engadine. In the past, the Flüela Pass formed the shortest link between the Rhine Valley and the Lower Engadine.The Flüelapass promises a beautiful ride through the breathtaking mountain landscape. The road meanders in numerous curves and in varying gradient to the pass, where a small, dark lake and the view of Flüela-Weisshorn and Schwarzhorn invite you to linger.In 2015, the car rental company Avis even named Flüelapassstrasse the fourth best street in the world. Because the road leads through avalanche-prone area, the Flüela is closed during the winter months.All information about racing cycling in Switzerland can be found here: myswitzerland.com/de-de/rennrad.html

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  • Expert
    04:54
    54.3 km
    11.1 km/h
    2,230 m
    1,240 m
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Swiss roads lead through breathtaking mountain landscapes and over mythical Alpine passes. The event series "Coop Ride the Alps" (ridethealps.ch) "offers a first-class cycling experience: on selected dates, pass roads are reserved exclusively for cyclists. On August 11, 2018, the "Coop Ride the Alps Croix-de-Coeur" will be launched as part of the Valais Cycling Festival.The Alps Croix-de-Coeur takes you to the Col de la Croix de Coeur, a previously unknown pearl. To the panorama during the first kilometer of the climb, include the Dent de Nendaz, Mont Gond and Mont Gelé. An even climb leads over a dozen hairpin bends to the top of the trail.The last climb is on a unpaved road and has legendary potential. The view on the Col de la Croix de Coeur over the Val de Bagnes and Verbier is absolutely fantastic.Like the cyclists Tour de Suisse and Tour de France 2009, you will ski on the south ramp to Verbier.All information about racing cycling in Switzerland can be found here: myswitzerland.com/de-de/rennrad.html

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  • Intermediate
    01:14
    19.4 km
    15.6 km/h
    570 m
    560 m
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Located on the sunny high plateau high above the Rhone Valley, the two neighboring towns of Crans and Montana at 1500 meters above sea level provide a magnificent backdrop. The track, which is also run by professionals for training, is surrounded by an impressive summit parade from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc.Once a year, the Col de Crans-Montana is reserved for cyclists only. In 2018, everyone will fight for a common goal as part of the "Coop Ride the Alps" (ridethealps.ch) event series on June 9th. For all the children in the world to get what they urgently need to survive: enough to eat, access to clean water and medical care. Give everything. Cycling for Children.All information about racing cycling in Switzerland can be found here: myswitzerland.com/de-de/rennrad.html

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  • Expert
    03:11
    40.9 km
    12.8 km/h
    1,160 m
    1,160 m
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    Swiss roads lead through breathtaking mountain landscapes and over mythical Alpine passes. The event series "Coop Ride the Alps" (ridethealps.ch) offers a first class cycling experience: on selected dates, pass roads are reserved exclusively for cyclists. On July 22, 2018 starts the "Granfondo San Gottardo".For 50 years, stagecoaches clattered over the world-famous Tremola. While their traffic significance is dwindling, their historical value is increasing. In the most spectacular section the road overcomes a length of four kilometers 300 meters in 24 bends.Today, the listed pass road over the Gotthard is largely in the state of 1951: The cobblestone (pavé) made of granite stones, which is notorious for cycling, is largely preserved, as are the milestones. The road is partly bounded by up to eight meters high dry stone walls and supported.The absolute non plus ultra for passport drivers!All information about racing cycling in Switzerland can be found here: myswitzerland.com/de-de/rennrad.html

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  • Expert
    03:33
    32.5 km
    9.1 km/h
    2,000 m
    500 m
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    Swiss roads lead through breathtaking mountain landscapes and over mythical Alpine passes. The event series "Coop Ride the Alps" (ridethealps.ch) offers a first class cycling experience: on selected dates, pass roads are reserved exclusively for cyclists. On September 16, 2018, the "La Désalpe Reichenbach", a charity event in the fight against the disease Leukodystrophien launches. More information can be found at ela-asso.ch.The demanding mountain arrival in the Franco-Swiss border area is located directly on the impressive dam of Lac d'Emosson. This has become known in 1976 by the discovery of 250 million year old dinosaur tracks.The breathtaking mountain world is in no way inferior to the large alpine passes and in good weather you have a wonderful view of Mont Blanc above, which seems close enough to touch.The magnificent mountain landscape but also the technical marvels around the Lac d'Emosson are a unique experience. Once at the top you are at a stage destination of the Tour de France 2016.All information about racing cycling in Switzerland can be found here: myswitzerland.com/de-de/rennrad.html

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  • Expert
    07:47
    128 km
    16.4 km/h
    3,130 m
    3,130 m
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    Swiss roads lead through breathtaking mountain landscapes and over mythical Alpine passes. The event series "Coop Ride the Alps" (ridethealps.ch) offers a first class cycling experience: on selected dates, pass roads are reserved exclusively for cyclists. On the 22nd and 23rd of September 2018 the "FreiPass Klausen Pragel" starts.From the Schwyzer side, the ascent to the Klausenpass leads through the enchanting Schächental with its imposing view of the Stäubifall. Ortstock, Gemfairenstock and Clariden form an impressive backdrop from the Glarner side.The Pragel is the little brother of the Klausenpass and parallell runs from Schwyz through the Muotatal to Klöntal into Glarus. Together, the two passes make a nice but challenging round trip.Although the Pragelpass is less high, but steeper. From the Schwyzer side you can climb up to 18 percent. Also, the downhills on both sides have it all and you're almost constantly pulling the brake.Both sides are scenically attractive: on the Schwyzer side the wild-moral Muota valley and the wild rugged mountain valley of the Starzlenbach. On the Glarner side the imposing walls of the Silberen and the Glärnisch and the fjord-like Klöntalersee, one of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland.All information about racing cycling in Switzerland can be found here: myswitzerland.com/de-de/rennrad.html

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  • Intermediate
    01:25
    12.4 km
    8.7 km/h
    870 m
    30 m
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    Swiss roads lead through breathtaking mountain landscapes and over mythical Alpine passes. The event series "Coop Ride the Alps" (ridethealps.ch) offers a first class cycling experience: on selected dates, pass roads are reserved exclusively for cyclists. On August 25, 2018, the "Coop Ride the Alps IAM Champex Challenge" starts.The ascent to Champex-Lac is short but crisp. But you can find yourself in the finish in the midst of a fantastic landscape, which makes you forget the effort quickly. Nature lovers call the area "Little Canada": The picturesque village is located on a wonderful mountain lake and near a unique and intact plateau.All information about racing cycling in Switzerland can be found here: myswitzerland.com/de-de/rennrad.html

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