Cycling Switzerland

Discussion in 'Touring and recreational cycling' started by crazylegs76, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. crazylegs76

    crazylegs76 New Member

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    Hi, I'm planning to cycle Switzerland in September with a friend.

    At the moment we've booked a return train from London to Paris. From here we were thinking of catching the train to Geneva, doing our tour of Switzerland and returning back from Geneva or another city by train.

    So, I was wondering if anyone has any tips for a route to take, where to go? We were thinking of maybe heading northeast to Zurich or maybe to Chiasso or Chur. Maybe doing about 50 miles a day with some camping, fairly challenging but not too intense.

    I also thought about taking my Specialised Allez, but after the trouble I had with the pannier rack on the back last time I may have to buy a new tourer or hire a bike there.

    If anyone has any ideas that would be great.

    Cheeers!

    Ry
     
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  2. chrisch

    chrisch New Member

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    Hi Ry,

    I live in Switzerland and highly recommend it as a place to tour. The country has nine national routes, which you can read about at http://www.veloland.ch/en/welcome.cfm . There's also an interactive online map at http://map.veloland.ch/ (be sure to select "National" in the left column. Each route has its own guidebook, and you should have no problem finding those at a bookstore once you arrive in Geneva.

    You can't go wrong with any of the routes, but some require a lot more effort with the mountains. Fortunately, many of those intense climbs can be skipped by a jump on the train (train details are also in the guidebooks mentioned above).

    For a comprehensive overview of cycling in Switzerland check out this post: http://www.englishforum.ch/sports-fitness/9793-cycling-switzerland.html . If you tire of camping you can try a Schlaf im Stroh ("sleep in straw") as a fun alternative.

    In Geneva is a tour company called Bike Switzerland. They'd be able to set you up with a rental if you don't want to bring your own bike.

    Have fun!
     
  3. crazylegs76

    crazylegs76 New Member

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    Hey, thanks for all this info, I'll check it out
     
  4. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

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    West Switzerland is interesting.

    Based near Basel you can take in Germany (Freiburg) and France (Mulhouse).
    It is hilly terrain mind!
     
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