SFIDA Switzerland
SFIDA Switzerland

A CLIMBERS PARADISE!

With a dozen climbs above the 2,000m, SFIDA Switzerland is definitely a climber’s trip. To give you an idea, we will be climbing the top 5 highest paved roads in the country.

If you like climbing incredibly beautiful climbs, then Switzerland is your next trip with SFIDA Cycling. This is one of the top cycling destinations and with great hospitality and our top-notch support, it is time to start ticking off those bucket list climbs.

Starting in the Italian town of Aosta, we will enter Switzerland from the canton de Valais, in the French-speaking part of the country. Then we will move East towards the German and Italian-speaking regions of this formidable mountainous country. The climbs are as varied as the languages spoken, Col du Gran San Bernard, Sant Gotthard pass, Col du Sanetsch, Maloja Pass, Furka Pass, so different and so amazing!!! And this is just a sample of what’s to come.

DISTANCE: 805km               daily average: 100km

CLIMBING: 22,1300m         daily average: 2,765m

 

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  • Destination:Switzerland
  • Duration:8 days
  • DATES : Aug 04 - Aug 12
    • HOTELS:3-4 Stars
    • MEALS:All meals included
    • ARRIVAL:Milano (MXP)
    • DEPARTURE:Milano (MXP)
    • NON RIDER:20% discount
    • RENTAL BIKE:Available
    • RENTAL EBIKE:Check Availability
  • PRICE :

    4,150.00

DAY 1: A beautiful climb to start up!

Meet the SFIDA Cycling staff at Milano Malpensa Airport (MXP) or at a designated hotel.
Our two-hour transfer will take us to Aosta, still in Italy but a perfect place to start our trip, keep in mind that there are quite a few mountain passes between Italy and Switzerland, which is a long and mountainous border.

After check-in at our hotel in Aosta, we will proceed with our orientation meeting, lunch, and bike set-up before heading up to the hills to test our legs. There are a good number of riding options out of Aosta, we decided to ride a loop route up to Pila.

DAY 1
45km / 1,335m
CLIMB: Pila 1,814m
HOTEL: Hotel Milleluci

DAY 2: Across de Gran San Bernardo, an historical pass.

We will be crossing the Italian – Swiss border no less than six times. The bordering climbs are worth the effort. The first one will be the Col du Grand Saint Bernard, this historical road is one of the oldest passes in the Alps, with traces back to Roman times. The opening of a tunnel in 1964 has meant that today the higher parts of the Col have less traffic and are ideal to climb on a bike.

At the top of the climb, already on the Swiss side, we find the Hospice du Grand Saint Bernard, founded in 1049 to help stranded travellers.

It is here where the use of Saint Bernard dogs for rescue operations began. After our picnic lunch at the top of this mountain, we will keep riding, it is a long descent and fun to the small town of Orsieres where a scenic road will take us up to Champex Lac.

From the top of Champex Lac, a thrilling descent will take us to Martigny, our hotel is on the outskirts of this town, that was supposed to host the UCI Road Championships in 2020!

DAY 2
91km / 2,600m
CLIMBS: Passo del Gran San Bernardo 2,469m. Col du Champex 1,497m.(last 11km)
HOTEL: mARTigny Boutique Hotel

DAY 3: Col du Sanetsch, giant dormant of the Alps.

Today we start our ride in the prosperous wine region of the Valais.

Note that today both climbs have only one side, so we will be descending the same way we climb them, the main reason to take our clients up to Derborence and Col du Sanetsch is very simple: both routes are so stunning that we must share them with you!

But before we get onto those amazing climbs, we ride a few kilometres up through the Valais vineyards, some narrow and steep roads, perfect warm-up! and very scenic too!

The climb up to Derborence is a mix of cliff roads with tunnels and amazing views. When we reach the top of the valley, we will find Derborence lake, this marks the end of our climb.

The second majestic climb of the day is Col du Sanetsch, one of the great unknown HC climbs in the Alps, and also is considered one of the nicest. We are happy to bring our lucky clients to discover this dormant monster climb. A spectacular descent will take us to Sion, the capital of the Valais Canton, inhabited since prehistoric times, today the Castle of Tourbillon dominates the landscape of this interesting city. After the ride, we will have a 1H30 transfer to Ulrichen.

DAY 3
109km / 3,485m
CLIMBS: Derborence 1,464m. Col du Sanetsch 2,252m.

HOTEL: Hotel Walser

DAY 4: Sant Gotthard pass, enjoying the cobbles while climbing!

Today we are starting our ride at the foot of the Nufenenpass. With 14km at 8%, this is a long and steady climb with plenty of hairpins and great views.

The top of the Nufenen pass is the end of the canton de Valais, and once we start our descent to Airolo, we are in the Tesino, an Italian-speaking canton.

From Airolo we will start one of the most memorable climbs in the Alps, the Passo del San Gottardo or Sankt Gotthardpass is live history.  We will join the Tremola road and for the last 7 km, we will be riding in the cobbled section, unforgettable. My advice, ride slow, stop to take pictures, and enjoy every meter of this singular climb.

Descending towards Andermatt, we will still ride some sections of the old road. We are spending two nights in this centrally located town, a lot of great climbing starting from here, and for sure we will show you a few tomorrows!

DAY 4
62KM / 2,130 m
CLIMBS: Nufenenpass 2,480m. Sant Gotthardpass 2,109m.
HOTEL: Hotel Sonne

DAY 5: SFIDA Swiss loop: Susten, Grimsel, and Furka. Hard to decide which one is nicer!

Today’s ride is one of the most famous loops (and beautiful) that you can ride in Europe. Riding Anticlockwise from Andermatt we will climb three of the most iconic passes in Switzerland, in this order: Sustenpass, Grimselpass, and Furkapass, all over 2000mts high and very scenic.

Expect some amazing picture opportunities on this amazing ride, especially from the top of the Grimsel pass over the Furka pass!

And of course, we will try to get a picture of each one of you when riding through the iconic Belvedere Hotel. One of the most photographed switchbacks in the Alps.

DAY 5
120km / 3,800m
CLIMBS: Sustenpass 2,224m. Grimselpass 2,175m. Furkapass 2,429m. from Gletsch.

HOTEL: Hotel Sonne

DAY 6: Our longest ride.

Leaving Andermatt behind we start the longest ride of the trip, luckily the two climbs today are not too hard, the Oberalppass and Lukmanierpass. This last one is on the border with Italy, today we will cross the border twice!

Our hotel is situated in Soazza, on the slopes of the Passo San Bernardino.

 

DAY 6
136km / 2,220m
CLIMBS: Oberalppass 2,044m. (from Andermatt)  Lukmanierpass 1,908m
HOTEL: Hotel Soazza (no website)

DAY 7: San Bernardino, Splugen, Maloja…Queen stage!.

We start our ride climbing up to Passo San Bernardino, another mountain that becomes more scenic the closer you get to the top. Definitely one of the most beautiful climbs in Switzerland. This is another historical route, open to traffic in 1770, at the top, there’s the Ospizio San Bernardino, used to give shelter to travelers, sited by a small lake, very picturesque.

An incredible descent will take us to Splugen, where we start the second climb of the day, the Splugenpass top is also one of the many mountain borders with Italy. This pass has some great views the closer you get to the top.

The descent of the Passo della Spluga on the Italian side is a kind of “mother of all the descents”. It has everything you dream of a perfect descent, a lake at the top, switchbacks, tunnels, switchbacks on tunnels, mostly on great new paved road.

Once we reach Chiavenna, we start our last climb of the day, the Malojapass, on the way up, we cross into Switzerland again. The last kilometres of this pass will be memorable with a collection of switchbacks that are shown very often on different Instagram pages.

Today our hotel is in between the lakes Silser and Silvaplaner, at the top of the pass. A great place to rest after one of the top days at SFIDA Cycling!

DAY 7
124km / 3,900m
CLIMBS: Passo del San Bernardino 2,065m. Splugenpass 2,113m. Malojapass 1,185m.

HOTEL: Hotel Post Sils

DAY 8: Our last climb up to Passo Umbrail, is also the highest of the trip.

Last ride of the trip and we have spared you the highest climb for last! We will start the day with a pleasant ride along the valley to Zernez, from here starts the 22km climb to the Ofenpass, a gentle one after the ones we had to endure in the last days.

A fast descent will take us to Santa Maria, here starts the infamous Umbrailpass. This is the climb where Tom Dumoulin got in trouble in the Giro d’Italia 2017 but still got to hold the maglia rossa until the end. Our last climb is also the highest. At the top we will cross the border into Italy for the last time, we will continue for another 3 km to the top of the Passo del Stelvio.

We think this is the way to end an epic trip!

A beautiful descent will take us to our hotel in Bormio, time to celebrate!

DAY 8
117km / 2,600m
CLIMBS: Oftenpass 2,149m. Passo Umbrail 2,501m.
HOTEL: Baita dei Pini

DAY 9: After breakfast, morning transfer to Milano Malpensa Airport (MXP). Expect to arrive there by 13:00. Plan your flights accordingly.

MORE INFORMATION

PRICES:

TWIN room:  4,150 Euros pp
SINGLE Supplement:  800 Euros
Rental bike:  600 Euros

Rental ebike: 700 Euros

PAYMENT TERMS:
600 Euros when making the booking. Balance to be paid 90 days before the trip starts.

INCLUDED:
8 nights of accommodation between 3 – 4 Stars

ALL MEALS INCLUDED.
8 breakfasts.

1 lunch on day 1.
7 Picnic lunches during the rides.
8 dinners, including wine.

NOT INCLUDED:
International flights.

Travel insurance.
Hotel extras: mini-bar, spa, massage.
Tips for the staff.

SUPPORT:
We will have ride leaders and at least one mechanic on our trip.

Our staff/client ratio is 1:4 staff.
Our passenger vans come fully equipped with all necessary to give the best support during the rides.
We carry gels, energy bars, powder mix, water, fruit, riding food, tools, pumps, spare tubes and tyres to ensure our first-class support helps you through the trip.
Professional first aid kit.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

Adapting to our current COVID-19 pandemic, and incoordination, with most of the hotel’s terms and conditions, we are adjusting our cancellation policy accordingly as follows:

If there’s a travel ban from your country to travel to the country you are doing a trip with us, you will receive a full refund on any payments you have made to SFIDA Cycling.

For any other reasons not related to COVID-19, the following will apply:

61 days before the trip starts – the return of your deposit.
60 days before the trip starts – the return of the full amount of the trip less 300 Euros cancellation fee, plus any amount that we can’t recover from Hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.
Less than 30 days before the trip starts – no amount will be refunded. We will, however, try to credit as much as possible towards a future trip. This depends on the amount that we can get back from the hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.

We understand that it is difficult to commit too much in advance given the situation we are all living in.

For this reason, we won’t be holding any spots until the full deposit has been paid.

Hotels are now more strict with how many rooms they are willing to have on hold for groups, so until deposit payments are made we won’t be able to confirm your spot.