Sion is one of the most important pre-historic sites in Europe. And, while Sion has been populated since about 6200 BC (that's about 8,200 years), it has never in that time become known as a cycling hub - unbelievable!
Sion (just southwest of Lake Geneva) is the cycling hub of the greatest concentration of HC road bike climbs in Switzerland, and one of the greatest cycling areas in the world. There are an unbelievable five Top 100 World Climbs within a 20 kilometer radius of Sion.
THE HARDEST BIKE CLIMB IN SWITZERLAND AND #9 WORLD
Of Switzerland’s 12 World 100 Bike Climbs, Breithorn is the one to crack the Top 10 and is the most difficult bike climb in that country. The climb is beautiful, and when PJAMM Cycling did it, there was no sign of life whatsoever for the last 10 kilometers -- it is as private and as peaceful as a double digit 13 kilometer climb can be. There are no visual obstructions to impede the distant views after climbing above tree line at about kilometer 11.
WORLD’S 11TH MOST DIFFICULT CLIMB BY BIKE
Left (south) to Martigny and Sion; Right (northeast) to Rhône Valley and Lake Geneva;
Center is La Cime de l’Est (3178 m / 10,426').
This Top World Bike Climb is located in the Berneses Alps, a subrange of the Alps located in western Switzerland. We start this climb in the Rhone Valley and have spectacular views of it as we climb. Throughout much of this climb we are in view of La Cime de l’Est, the highest peak (3,178 m / 10,380’) in the Lake Geneva area.
Spectacular views along a terribly difficult bike climb.
WORLD’S 49TH MOST DIFFICULT BIKE CLIMB
Cycling Croix de Coeur-Riddes
The last third of the climb is on gravel, but manageable on a road bike.
This #49 World/#5 Switzerland most difficult bike climb gains 5,743’ elevation over 13.7 miles, at an average 7.9% grade.
Restaurant la Croix de-Coeur at the top.
WORLD’S 59TH MOST DIFFICULT BIKE CLIMB
Galm is one of the lesser known of the beautiful Swiss cycling climbs. You will ride 19.8 kilometers, gaining 1,611 meters at an 8.2% average grade.
WORLD’S 69TH MOST DIFFICULT BIKE CLIMB
Ride 15.3 kilometers gaining 1,432 meters at 9.2% average grade.
Located in the Martigny District of southwestern Switzerland, this #69 world/#10 Switzerland most difficult cycling climb is another one to not be missed. Over the course of this 9.5 mile climb, you will gain 4,697’ in elevation at an average 9.2% grade.
THE BEST SWISS BIKE CLIMB THAT ENDS AT A GLACIER
This is a tough climb: 15 miles, 6,325’ and 7% average grade (¼ mile 20.7%, ½ at 15.2%, and one full mile averaging double digits at 12%). The Sanetschpass climb begins in Conthey and initially winds its way through many lovely hillside vineyards up to and through several villages/communities until moving above treeline at mile 13 (6,500’) and offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, ending at Tsanfleuron Glacier.