Tour de Suisse 2019 Report – Part 1

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Today, we have moved to Sedrun, a small town on the Oberalp, between Andermatt and Disentis.

This means that the first week of my Tour de Suisse 2019 has come to an end.

Although I eventually cycled almost every pass I wanted, that didn’t go as planned.

I already knew beforehand that my road book was something I was most likely not going to stick to anyway, but I didn’t anticipate the actual reason why I had to make changes to my stages…

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Tour de Suisse 2019 – Countdown

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Tomorrow night, we’ll be heading for Switzerland for my own ‘Tour de Suisse 2019’.

After a stopover for the night near Basel, my tour officially begins on Saturday, with a prologue over the San Bernadino (2,065 m) and the Splügenpass (2,114 m).

As that stage is already 90 kilometers long to the summit of the Splügenpass, with 2,600 meters of elevation difference, I will probably have a good idea about where I stand.

In previous posts (part 1 / part 2) I have described the stages I have in mind, which will require every bit of my limited – climbing – capabilities under the best of circumstances.

However, although I’m in much better shape than I was some 4 months ago, I have still not fully recovered from the injuries I sustained in December last year…

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Tour de Suisse 2019 Stages – Part 2

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In a previous post, I have described the area around Andermatt, our second base camp for my Tour de Suisse 2019.

This post provides more details on the possible stages and alternatives I have in mind and which I will probably not ride.

Although not for lack of trying, but just because most of my trip ideas are insane, given that I would like to ride every day and I’m not a world tour pro rider…

(Plus, I will have a week’s worth of ass-whooping climbs in my legs by the time we settle in Sedrun)

Another factor is, that there are many climbs, most of them with at least two alternative routes to cycle them, and I have only so many days during either part of my Tour de Suisse.

So, each stage below is described including alternatives – if you’d rather not read all of that, just wait for my post stage reports later on 🙂

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Tour de Suisse 2019 Stages – Part 1

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In a previous post, I have described the area around Slivaplana, our first base camp for my Tour de Suisse 2019.

This post provides more details on the possible stages and alternatives I have in mind and which I will probably not ride.

Although not for lack of trying, but just because most of my trip ideas are insane, given that I would like to ride every day and I’m not a world tour pro rider…

Another factor is, that there are many climbs, most of them with at least two alternative routes to cycle them, and I have only so many days during either part of my Tour de Suisse.

So, each stage below is described including alternatives – if you’d rather not read all of that, just wait for my post stage reports later on 🙂

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Prepping for the Tour de Suisse

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This past weekend, the official Tour de Suisse came to its end, with two stages – 7 & 9 – that were in the area I’ll be cycling my own TDS in August.

I traveled to the south of my country, to test myself a bit on a hilly course.

Obviously, the area is no match for the Alps, but it’s good enough to do ‘hill repeats’, which is next to impossible in my backyard.

The wind is often referred to as ‘the Dutch Mountains’ and a headwind sure feels like climbing a mountain every now and then, but still.

From Friday to Sunday, I cycled some 270 kilometers, with around 3,700 meters of elevation difference.

I was a bit weary beforehand about whether or not I’d be able to get up the steeper climbs, but I think I did surprisingly well, considering where I come from…

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