Tour de Suisse

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I already shamelessly dubbed my cycling adventures in France ‘Tour de France‘ and those in Italy ‘Giro d’Italia‘, so it should not come as a surprise that, now I have planned an adventure in Switzerland, I will dub it the ‘Tour de Suisse’.

In 2015, I already had a taste of what Switzerland has to offer, when I concluded my Giro d’Italia of that year with an entirely Swiss epilogue.

That stage brought me the Gotthard (old Tremola road), the Furka and the Grimsel and I was so impressed by the landscape and the overwhelming views, that I promised I would be back one day.

So, in August this year, Paula will once again support me in yet another crazy quest…

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Tour de Suisse 2019

Belvedere near the summit of the Furka
Hotel Belvedere on the Belvedere on the Furka – photo credit: Anthony Leutenegger Photography

This year’s official Tour de Suisse, will take place from June 15th to June 23rd. While this is an event I like to follow – and watch, if it is at all possible to find a feed – this post is to inform you that I will construct a ‘Tour de Suisse 2019’ of my own 🙂

I already have my own Giro and Tour, and at the end of my last Giro d’Italia in 2015, I rode a final stage in Switzerland.

This stage made such an impression, that I promised myself to get back there one day, so as usal, I have no problem dubbing that Tour de Suisse.

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Cols of the Swiss Stage

Tour de Suisse logo smallIn June last year, at the end of my Giro d’Italia 2015, I rode an entirely ‘Swiss Stage’ including the Gotthard (Tremola road), the Furka and the Grimsel.

You can read a report on that stage here – it offered some of the most stunning views I have encountered so far and I am determined to get back there for more, during a longer stay.

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Giro d’Italia 2015 – The Swiss Stage

Tour de Suisse logoEarlier this year, when we decided that a “Tour de Suisse” was not going to happen, I did plan on climbing some of the great passes there on our way home.

As it was going to be a one day event, I had to limit the amount of climbs.

The most obvious road to take was the one up and over the Gotthard, Furka and Grimsel – my own short version of the Alpenbrevet

The weather looked fine for the Friday, but we needed to transfer to Airolo first, a 3.5 hour trip.

We got up shortly after 5 am and took off around 7 – as usual, the trip took “a little” longer, mainly because of traffic.

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Cycling the Alps

Coming from a basically pancake-flat country – he actually lives below sea level – it’s amazing how much Cyclopaat likes cycling the Alps. Even on a good day, he’s an average climber at best, but he claims it’s all about the views.

More often than not he barely makes it up a (famous) mountain pass, returning afterwards to his apartment half past dead, only to prepare himself to take yet another beating the next day.

It’s anybody’s guess what might be going on in that head of his, but he seems to be determined to ‘conquer’ every single climb he can find in the Alps. Or maybe that should read ‘be conquered by’.

This destructive desire – he calls it ‘grinta’ – doesn’t allow for basic things like a ‘rest day’ once in a while.

“I WILL REST WHEN I’M DEAD!” is his standard answer to pleas to DO have a rest day every now and then…

Despite his efforts, during every cycling the Alps trip he discovers many more climbs for him to die on, so the list of links on this page to the reports of his insane expeditions will most likely continue to grow.

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