- Distance Instructions
- Distance 102 km
- Time 0 s
- Speed 1 km/h
- Min altitude 1149 m
- Max. Alt. 2481 m
- Alt. Gain 3123 m
- Descent 3308 m
Start: Andermatt, Swiss Alps, Switzerland
This is going to be a big day - three of Switzerland's highest mountain passes.
The ride starts at the Swiss ski village of Andermatt. After approximately 5 kilometres, you reach the start of the first climb of the day. The Furkenpass starts with a series of switchbacks then a gradual climb that follows the curve of the mountain. If there are no clouds in the sky the views over the surrounding mountains are superb. After reaching the Furkenpass (2430m) the descent takes you onto the west side of the mountain and you can see both the descent in front of you and the switchback ascent to the Grimselpass (but that will need to be a different day). The descent from Furkenpass is fast and smooth with a series of switchbacks followed by long sweeping turns that take you down to Gletsch. The exhilarating descent continues down through forest until the valley floor is reached. The road is flat as a tack and gives you the opportunity to prepare before the ascent of the Nufenenpass began at Ullrichen. The start of this climb greets you once again with switchbacks through farmland and forest until an alpine valley is reached. At the end of the valley there is a 'wall' of mountains with a series of switchbacks that you are about to tackle. The climb is tough as the gradient is constantly changing and is over 8%. Once over Nufenenpass (2478m) you have another long and fast descent to Airolo. From Airolo you begin the last climb of the day…the infamous San Gotthardpass. Now whilst this is the smallest of the 3 climbs, most of the ascent is on cobblestones. This must be ridden to be believed. From the bottom to the top, you are riding on cobblestones. There were a few short sections where you can ride on the smooth guttering at the side of the road but otherwise, be prepared for a long and bumpy ride. Whilst, you may curse the cobblestones, the workmanship in the pattern of the cobblestones is truly incredible. After reaching San Gotthardpass (2108m), you can ride the cobblestones down or use the bitumen road (as this ride does).
In summary, a brilliant loop of 102km with an impressive 3123m of ascent!