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The Trans-Swiss Challenge


 
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THE TOP 50 COLS
... you have to ride:


Duration
8 days / 7 nights

2014 Trip dates
August 30 › September 6

Start location
Geneva Airport

Ending location
Milan Malpensa Airport

Accommodations
mix of 4-star, 3-star hotels

Rental Bikes Available
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Price per person
$4,795 (double occupancy)
Single supplement: $900

Non-rider price
20% Discount (double occupancy)


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Possibly our most demanding trip, the Trans-Swiss Challenge crosses Switzerland from west to east, and includes many of the legendary climbs that feature regularly in the Tour de Suisse.

Included in the itinerary is the spectacular St Gotthardpass - one of the few cobbled passes in Europe.

But the Trans-Swiss is more than just climbing - it's a magnificent journey through the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Europe.

The trip starts in Charmey and makes its way through the Pre-Alps region towards the high peaks and glaciers that surround Ulrichen. From Ulrichen we head east towards the Italian border where a certain Passo Stelvio awaits to close off our journey!

Trip Profile

Trip Highlights

  • Climb the spectacular St Gotthardpass - one of the few cobbled passes in Europe!
  • Conquer the mighty Passo Stelvio - from both sides!
  • The views of the surrounding glaciers from the Grimselpass
  • 2 days of beautiful rides through the Pre-Alps region to the north of Interlaken - over the Gurnigel and Glaubenbielenpass.
  • More than 56,000ft of climbing in 7 days!
  • As always the top support in the industry!

Top Support in the Industry

Throughout the trip you can relax and enjoy the rides knowing that you have the best Support Team in the industry right behind you all the way!

1 Sag Van and 1 experienced TBT ride leader for every 10 clients. And the highest staff to client ratio....1 staff member per 4 clients!


Your daily rides

Day Itinerary
Ride Distance
Elevation Gain
1

Warm-up ride around Charmey

30 miles
2,500 ft
2

Charmey › Gurnigel Schallenbergpass › Kemmeriboden

76 miles
6,600 ft
3

Kemmeriboden › GlaubenbielenpassBrunigpassGrimselpass › Ulrichen

82 miles
10,500 ft
4

Ulrichen › Nufenenpass St GotthardpassOberalppass › Disentis

58 miles
8,750 ft
5

Disentis › Obersaxen Lenzerheidepass › Davos

82 miles
8,500 ft
6

Davos › Fluelapass OfenpassPasso Umbrail (north) › Bormio

61 miles

9,150 ft

7

Bormio › Passo Stelvio Passo Umbrail (south) › Passo Stelvio › Bormio

61 miles

10,200 ft

TOTAL:
450 miles
56,125 ft
DAILY AVERAGE:
64 miles
8,018 ft

 

What's Included

  • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
  • All breakfasts
  • All but 1 dinner
  • Lunch on the first day
  • Pick-up at Geneva Airport
  • Drop-off at Milan Malpensa Airport
  • All ground transportation
  • All luggage transfer
  • Services of our expert guides
  • Support vehicles
  • Thomson Bike Tours maps, cue sheets and elevation profiles

What's Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance
  • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
  • Lunches (except lunch on the first day which is included)
  • 1 Dinner

Climb these Famous Cols

In just 1 week climb many of the legendary cols in the Swiss Alps and a few famous cols in Italy! Here are some of the cols included in our itinerary (sorted by Difficulty Index):

Climb
Elev. Gain
Average
Grade
Length
Profile
(m/km)
Difficulty
Index
Passo Stelvio (from Prato)
5932 ft
7.4%
15.1 miles
172
Passo Stelvio (from Bormio)
5030 ft
7.1%
13.4 miles
144
Grimselpass
5052 ft
5.9%
16.1 miles
142
Nufenenpass
3714 ft
8.5%
8.3 miles
133
Passo Umbrail (north)
3694 ft
8.5%
8.2 miles
132
Lenzerheidepass
2890 ft
5.0%
10.9 miles
Profile
111
St Gotthardpass
3058 ft
7.3%
7.9 miles
Profile
104
Fluelapass
2720 ft
6.4%
8.1 miles
83
Ofenpass (Passo dal Fuorn)
2218 ft
3.1%
13.4 miles
79
Gurnigel
2428 ft
4.5%
10.2 miles
76
Glaubenbielenpass
2388 ft
4.7%
9.7 miles
75
Oberalppass
1982 ft
5.7%
6.6 miles
72
Mittelberg
1926 ft
5.3%
6.9 miles
68
Brunigpass
1667 ft
4.1%
7.8 miles
59
Schallenberg
853
5.7%
2.8 miles
43

 

Bike Rental

The Bianchi Sempre Pro is available for rent on all our trips. Click here for full details of our rental bike program.

 

The Thomson Bike Tours Difference

Your trip to Europe may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you deserve the best! Performance cyclists now rate Thomson Bike Tours as the premiere provider of performance trips to Europe. Here are a few details that set us aside from the rest:

LESS VAN - MORE BIKE: NO Van Transfers between your hotels and the start/finish of the bike rides. Each day we ride from and to the hotel. Our local knowledge, extensive planning and vast experience mean that you spend less time in a van and more time on the bike!

Best-in-class Support & ride leaders: another key to our success! Sag van and ride leader for every 10 riders.

Highest Staff to Customer Ratio: 1 staff member per 4 customers!

THE THOMSON RIDES: over the years we've also gained a reputation for providing the best (and most challenging!) rides. 25 years experience riding in the Swiss Alps counts!