Alps glow  – over 110 passes in 8 days

The ultimate challenge for each curve junkie in Europe! 8 days include intensive driving whereof six days imply only riding passes. If small or big, each pass on the way will be conquered and makes sure several adrenaline kicks.

Day 1: We pick up our bikes in Munich and start our trip taking the highway direction Lindau / Switzerland. Near Lake Constance we left the highway and ride through the region of Appenzell with the famous cheese. Then we come into the heart of Switzerland – Innerswitzerland. Susten will be the most famous pass of today. We reach the valley of Rhone and drive near Lake Leman, where we stay for the night.

Day 2: First of all we bike to Martigny, seated at river Rhone, before we start for pass Great St. Bernard. This pass is the border between Switzerland and Italy. On Italian side we enjoy the superb curves to Aosta. We pass Massif Mont Blanc and enter France over pass Little St. Bernard. The way down to Bourg-St. Maurice offers a lot of speedy curves. Then we bike over Cormet de Roselend and reach the corresponding dam, the fourth highest of France. We continue our trip to Albertville, host of Winter Olympics in 1992. Next highlight will be the pass Col de la Madeleine, before our attention is on the 18 hairpins of Montvernier. Over St. Jean-de-Maurienne we ride to Les Sybelles, the fourth biggest ski resort in France. There will be our hotel for this night.

Day 3: The royal stage lines up: a lot of Tour de France classics – Col de la Croix de Fer (2.067 m), Alpe d’Huez (1.860 m), Col d’Izoard (2.360 m) – and the highest asphalted pass in the Alps, Cime de la Bonette (2.802 m) are on our route. At first we enjoy the curvy road up to Col de la Croix de Fer. Shortly after we pass Col de Glandon before we reach Grand-Maison dam, the second highest rock-fill dam in Europe. Over the little pass Pas de la Confession we travel to the world-famous ski spot Alpe d’Huez. Next passes are Col de Sarenne and Col du Lautaret, before Briancon will be our next goal. Afterwards we enjoy the curves and hairpins of Col d’Izoard and Col de Vars. Over the pass Col de Larche we come to Italy. Another highlight will be the pass Col de la Lombarde, also the border between Italy and France. Down in Isola, situated in the valley of Tinée, we arrive at Route Napoléon.  
The 42 km up to Cime de la Bonette increases our adrenaline level significant. Afterwards we ride to Barcelonnette, situated in the valley of Ubaye, where we will stay the next both days.
Day 4: The round trip today reaches Grasse, where we can see the Mediterranean Sea. First we ride through the National Park Mercantour over Col de Cayolle in the valley of Var. Over Col de Champs we reach Colmars which has a well-preserved curtain wall and two forts from Vauban. Next goal is Castellane, the entrance to Grand Canyon du Verdon. Today we don’t drive into the canyon but we enjoy the Route Napoléon until Grasse, which is the world capital of fragrance. Near Grasse on the top of Col de la Faye, finally we can see the Mediterranean Sea. Afterwards we leave Route Napoléon and enjoy some little passes until Entreveaux. Through Annot and over Col de la Colle St. Michel we ride to Col d’Allos, which is near Barcelonnette where we stay one night again.   

Day 5: This morning belongs to the roads and passes around Lake of Serre-Poncon, the biggest fresh water reservoir of France. Here we enjoy splendid views on and curvy roads around the lake, before we bypass Gap on little mountain roads. Massif du Dévoluy with its wonderful passes is our next goal. Afterwards we bike to pass Col de Cabre, a genuine highlight of French roadworks. Over the passes Col de Grimone and Col de la Croix-Haute we reach Mens, located at the old Roman road from Grenoble to Briancon. In the afternoon we enjoy all the curves of Vercors Massif, the westernmost part of the Alps. In Gresse-en-Vercors we finish the day cozily.

Day 6: We start with pass Col de Menée and ride to Die. Now we are in the western part of Vercors, the biggest nature reserve in France. Our adrenaline rush rises because the roads and views in this lime rock massif are stunning. We fully enjoy the westernmost part of the Alps before we reach over Grenoble the Chartreuse. Also here we will have wonderful mountain roads to make the heart skip a beat. At the top of Mont du Chat we enjoy the splendid view to Lake of Bourget, located 1.250 m lower. Down in Aix-les-Bains is our hotel for this night.

Day 7: Today we start with a highlight: viewpoint Le Revard with its skywalk! Here we can enjoy again the spectacular view to Lake of Bourget and Aix-les-Bains before we take our wheels on the curvy mountain roads of Massif de Bauges. In the French part of Jura the pass Col du Grand Colombier is our next goal. Over the mountain Mont Salève, the local mountain of Geneva, we reach the brigde Pont de la Caille, until 1912 the highest suspension bridge of the world. Afterwards in the district “High Savoy” we enjoy the small and hidden mountain roads again and also some panoramic views to Lake Leman. Over the pass Pas de Morgins we enter Switzerland. From the border our hotel is not far away.

Day 8: The last day of our ride: We go back to Munich. First we drive over Col de la Croix and Col du Pillon to Gstaad, the famous ski resort in Canton of Berne. Through the pretty Simmen Valley we reach Interlaken, situated between Lake of Thun and Lake of Brienz. Afterwards we ride over Brünigpass to Lake Lucerne and pass the city of Lucerne. Then we take the highway and ride via Bregenz back to Munich.

An exciting tour with over 110 passes ends…

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