Andermatt, Uri, Switzerland
An Instagram post from a friend in Switzerland triggered a little look at the roads around one of my favourite ski destinations, Andermatt.
I suspect that those weekends I spent in Northern Europe this spring have given me a bit of a pave fetish as, when I saw the picture below, I got a little excited at the thought of a possible trip to Uri in late summer!
Pave in the Alps; and it looks pretty good.
There’s a great place to stay in Andermatt that’s perfect for touring from: Basecamp-Andermatt – I’ve stayed there more than once in winter and never been disappointed. At around 40 CHF a night it’s a bit of a bargain too.
There seems to be plenty of 100km+ Circular rides with climbs in excess of 3000m from Andermatt and the train opens up quite a bit of point to point rides.
I got the following suggestions from Lars Tanninen, a keen cyclist based in Andermatt (and Majorca)…
Here are some pics from the legendary Tremola cobblestone road over Gotthardpass. You can easily ride it uphill. Downhill i would not recommend.
The ride Andermatt-Furkapass-Ulrichen-Nufenepass-Airolo-Tremola up to Gotthard pass-Andermatt is one of the swiss classics. About 3100m vertical and 100km
Another great loop is:
120km and 3200 vertical
Past rhone glacier and the Steinglacier at Sustenpass:-)
The Kingline is Andermatt-Gotthardpass-Looong downhill to Biasca-Lucomagno pass-Disentis-Oberalp pass-Andermatt
160km and 3300m vertical
So, if any Wheelers fancy a trip to Switzerland this or next year let me know.
More information on the St. Gotthard pass can be found here.