Ride 14.5 kilometers gaining 1,345 meters at 9.1% average grade.
The climb begins in Laax (pop. 1,857 in 2018) which is a popular Swiss ski area combining separate ski resorts of Flims, Laax and Falera.
Begin climb in Laax.
This incredible bike climb is in Switzerland’s great bike climbing hub Rhone Valley.
Similar to the mighty Briethorn (#9 World Climb) to the northeast, both climbs look down on the Rhone Valley, Marjalensee from the south and Breithorn from the north.
Southwest end of the Rhone Valley far below.
The first few kilometers of the climb are paved but then turn to dirt and gravel. We rode this on a cross bike with 30mm tires but a gravel bike or mountain bike is recommended.
We ride through a ski resort at kilometer 10.5 that is accessed by the Fiescheralp-Eggishorn cable car in Fiesch (pop. 921; a designated UNESCO World Heritage site).
This is an extremely popular hiking area.
The climb ends at the Talligrattunnel.
Steepest kilometer beings at km 1.7 (14.5%)
Input from Strava members:
Ralf Machoy - https://www.strava.com/segments/15584629?filter=overall Only the first part is paved, followed by gravel. Climb gradient is approximately by 12% average. No chance to do it with a race bike, you will need a MTB! But there are many mountain passes in the vicinity, where you can have a lot of fun. Furka, Grimsel, Susten, Oberalp, Gotthard, Simplon...
John Johnson: Ralf - sorry to be pushy - but I am charting the Top World Climbs by Road Bike and if i can get up a climb on road bike with 32mm tires, i add it to the list - with 34 chainring and 36 or 42t cassette do you believe this climb could be done on a road bike? Thank
Ralf Machoy Probably yes. But I guess, nobody tried it before and you won’t have much fun. Neither uphill nor downhill;-)
Stefano Barbazza Hi John . The ascent is asphalted in the first part, then becomes dirty but beautiful.you.
Hwg j: No it is not paved. Some parts are gravel.
John Johnson Thank you hwg j - although not paved, do you believe that with the proper gearing and
32mm tires, it could be done on a road bike? Like Col delle Finestre? Thank you
hwg j Hi John, I think the descent is a little bit too rough on a road bike.