Switzerland's alpine cycling exclusiveSwitzerland
As one of the most cycle-friendly countries in the world, Switzerland sees almost two million visitors hop on two wheels during their holiday – 45% jump on city bikes, almost 30% go for e-bikes and road bicycles, and the reminder traverse trails by mountain bike – and it's easy to see why. Featuring a series of bike hotels, bike-storing facilities on public transport and a comprehensive network of cycling routes, Switzerland’s rising popularity among cyclists was inevitable.
Now Switzerland Tourism has launched Ride the Alps, a website dedicated to the various cycling events around the country between May and September. Avid riders will find a full run-down of the selected mountain passes that will be closed off to motorists during the five-month period, featuring 13 set dates for cyclists to take advantage of car-free roads.
Some of the traditionally popular alpine cycling routes include the Gotthard region, the Valais, and the Vaud Alps. Now, cyclists can fully explore other alpine regions around the country sans pesky motor traffic.
You can use the Swiss Travel Pass, an all-in-one ticket that covers rail, road and water journeys, to get around Switzerland or cycle your way throughout.
Prices for cycling various passes vary. Check Ride the Alps website for details.