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Cycling Sanetsch Pass, Switzerland
Ride 24.3 kilometers gaining 1,885 meters at 6.5% average grade.
How many times do you get to do a Top 100 World Climb and end at the foot of a glacier?
Our climb begins in Chalais (population as of 2018 3,524), Canton of Valais.
The climb begins in Chalais and initially winds its way through many lovely hillside vineyards up to and through several villages and communities until moving above treeline at mile 13 (6,500’) and offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, and ends at Tsanfleuron Glacier.
This is one of several top Swiss HC bike climbs in the Rhone Valley Top Bike Climb Area. This is the top bike climbing area in the world as it contains more Top 100 World Bike Climbs (7) than any other area.
The middle portion of the route has a lot of pasture land, some waterfalls, and many grazing cows.
This is a tough climb at 23 kilometers (14.3 miles), with 2 kilometers (1.3 miles) averaging over 10%.
Views along upper portion of climb during late summer.
There is a 900 meter tunnel beginning at km 21, so bring lights.
We encounter a couple tunnels tunnels near the top so be sure to bring at least tail lights -- we are also above treeline by the time we enter the tunnels, and there are breathtaking views of distant and dramatic mountains along this segment of the climb.
Le Sérac (part of the Wildhorn massif) to your right near the finish.
Finish at the Sanetsch Glacier.
Auberge du Sanetsch and Lac de Sanetsch is 2 kilometers past the finish.