Day 1: Meet & Greet & Stage of the Tour de Suisse
We meet you at the Zurich airport on day one of the TDS and transfer you to nearby Frauenfeld where the tour is gettting under way. We will assist you in assembling your bikes and have enough time to watch the first days introductions and time trial. We have an optional short warm up ride, to test your rig, that drops down into the medieval town of Diesenhofen situated along the Rhine River and acts as a border town between Switzerland and Germany before your welcome dinner in town.
Day 2: Stage 2 and ride Hulftegg Pass
Today we ride into the farmlands Switzerland is renowned. This loop can be longer or shorter and will be mixed in with TDS route so we see start/finish. Our destination is Hulftegg Pass at an elevation of 956 meters today's ride will test you. The pass lies between the Toggenburg in St. Gallen and the valley of the Töss River in Zürich. The pass road has a maximum grade of 10% and at the summit there is a popular restaurant as well as the trail heads for several hiking trails to climb the surrounding Hörnli and Schnebelhorn Mt. peaks. Our ride of 98k (60 miles)/2200m (7200') covers some of today's stage so we will have the choice of setting up to watch the tour pass or side step them and hope to catch them at the finish line.
Lodging: 3-star hotel in same town of tour's first two stages
Day 3 & 4: Sherlock Holmes & the Giants of the Swiss Alps
As the tour riders make their way along the Rhine river to ride within the lower elevations of the wine making region and eventually into the chic city of Staadt we leave the tour to scale some of the Giants Switzerland is renown. Our short transfer puts us into the town that was the setting for Sherlock Holme's death in Sir Conan Doyle's legendary books (poetic don't you think?) After a brief look at the bronze tribute to the legend we start our climb up the formidable Susten Pass (27k (16mi)/5.8%) that leads us into Andermatt.
If you thought susten was tough, today you have the chance to do the iconic loop of the Giants recently featured on a video featured by mavic wheels. Leaving Andermatt we first scale Furka Pass (16.5k(10mi)/6.4%) which was once used as the setting to a Bond film and located near the receding Rhone glacier (source of the Rhone River that flows down to Marseilles). We continue our loop over the Nufenen Pass (13k/8mi/8.5%) which is sure to test your mettle. A very long descent where only the Alpine Ibix dare to dwell puts us in position to climb our final pass, the Gotthard whose tunnel may be more famous than the pass once favored by Roman legions. The pass i renowned for being cobbled for most of the 14 kilometres and 1000 metres ascent from Airolo. Once at the top we drop down 3 kms of teeth shattering cobbles, into a nearly traffic-free, well maintained, hairpin paradise htat leads us back into Andermatt.
Day 5 & 6: Source of the Rhine River & Oberalp Pass
Today we ride just one pass; the Oberalp. It's 10.6k (6 miles) and 5.7% average grade takes in some stunning scenery and then drops down into a very long. The Rhine River springs from a source nearby here (Tomasee), which is marked by a working lighthouse. The following day we have a choice of passes that puts us in position to see the tour mountain stage
Day 7 & 8: Ideal Postioning to see the last Mt Stages before the finish
We are now in the heart of Switzerland’s largest Canton, Graubunden, where you get the chance to climb the stunning Albula Pass (29k/4.5%). Our destination will put us in position to ride parts of toda's stage and arrive in time to watch the tour arrive.
The last day of riding Watch TDS. Once we know the exact route we may be riding the same pass and if so you will have the option to ride ahead and station yourself for the tour to pass us en route.
Day 9: Departures
We will make arrangements to ensure we get you and your bike to the airport on time.