- Wednesday 22nd July to Monday 27th July 2015
- 5 days guided riding
- 5 nights full board accommodation
- Training rides on famous Alpine Cols
- Take on the Granfondo Gottardo sportive
Our Granfondo Gottardo cycling holiday features the Granfondo Gottardo, an epic cycling sportive in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland.
The Granfondo San Gottardo is a 110km sportive with climbs of the mighty Col du St. Gothard, Col de la Furka and Col de la Nufenen.
How to Book
We have limited availability for this tour – please Contact Brevet to check availability before booking.
After you have confirmed availability to book your place select from the room and payment options above and then press the ADD TO CART button.
If you have a question check out our How to Pay Guide and our Frequently Asked Questions and if you can’t find an answer please contact us using the form in the enquiry tab to the right.
Granfondo Gottardo Itinerary
Challenge Rating: ✭✭✭✩✩
Total Distance: 300km
Sportive: Granfondo San Gottardo
- Stechelberg (923m)
- Grosse Scheidegg (1,962m)
- Beatenberg (1,153m)
- Passo del San Gottardo (2,106m)
- Passo del Furka (2,429m)
- Passo della Nufenen (2,478m)
Wednesday – Bike Set Up and Welcome Ride
Climb: Stechelberg (923m)
After the short transfer from Zurich airport we’ll have lunch before setting up the bikes and setting out on a Welcome Ride to introduce you to riding in the mountains!
Our 40km Welcome ride up the stunning Lauterbrunnen valley is selected to welcome you gently to the Alps with a range of gradients over a steady 18km climb. The ‘Lauter Brunnen’ valley (‘many fountains’) has 72 waterfalls plunging from the vertical cliffs of this classical U shaped glacier cut valley. It was this landscape that inspired J.R.R. Tolkein to write The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings!
Thursday – Grosse Scheidegg
Cols: Grosse Scheidegg (1,962m)
This truly is the most beautiful Pass I have ever ridden, and with the road closed to cars, it’s an all around 5 Star experience.
Dan Patitucci, Professional Cycling Photographer
On the closed road ascent of the Grosse Scheidegg you’ll be treated to the most beautiful Alpine views in Switzerland as featured in best selling book Mountain Higher. We’ll descend through the Rosenlaui Valley that feeds the infamous Reichenbach falls where Sherlock Holmes met an untimely death at the hands of his arch enemy Moriarty.
Friday – Beatenberg
Cols: Beatenberg (1,153m)
Our 40km Beatenberg loop includes a 10km climb that is similar to the challenges you will face at the weekend. Your efforts are rewarded by stunning mountain and lake views throughout the ride.
Saturday – To Ticino
Cols: Col du St. Gothard cobbles recce
After a morning transfer to the Italian speaking region of Ticino we will collect our race numbers and take a relaxed 25km out and back spin along the opening section of the course to familiarize ourselves with the cobbles and the deceptive false flat that the Granfondo Gottardo kicks off with.
Dinner at our conveniently located hotel right next to the start of the Granfondo San Gottardo is a great opportunity to eat plenty of pasta before race day and get an early night.
Sunday – Granfondo Gottardo
Cols: Col du St. Gothard (2,106m), Col de la Furka (2,429m) and Col de la Nufenen (2,478m)
Race day! Today you’ll add a number of mythical Alpine cols to your cycling palmarès starting with the Col du St. Gothard (2,106m) followed by two cols that feature in the top 5 highest cols in Switzerland, the Col de la Furka (2,429m) and Col de la Nufenen (2,478m).
For more information check out our guide to the Granfondo San Gottardo.
Our hotel is a 5 minute freewheel from the start so you’ll be able to enjoy a relaxed start to the day. Breakfast will be served early in our cycling friendly hotel.
After you have successfully completed the Granfondo Gottardo we will toast your success with beers at the Brevet Club House by the finish line.
Monday – Zurich
A relaxed start to the day allows you to enjoy a well earned lie in before we transfer to Zurich. Guests with evening flights will have time to do some sight seeing and chocolate purchasing in Zurich.
Can I do it?
Short answer: Yes!
Longer Answer: Our cycling holidays are designed to be challenging Alpine Cycling Adventures. The Granfondo Gottardo holiday is rated at ✭✭✭✩✩ on our Challenge Rating system. The Granfondo Gottardo itself features three 2,000m+ Alpine passes, one of which, the Col du St. Gothard is the highest cobbled road in the Alps.
Our professional guiding and vehicle support as well as our route design and hotel selection are all aimed at creating a supportive environment that will get the best out of you as an individual. Therefore each cycling holiday is designed to be suitable for varying fitness levels. Within the group people will have different strengths and weakness, some will love hill climbing but might be slower on the flat sections where you might be stronger.
Clearly you need to be fit to get the most of the holiday and cycling in the Alps is much more rewarding when you see your pre holiday training pay off as you climb Alpine cols and surpass your expectations. Our free training plan is a great place to start and signing up for our newsletter will give you monthly training and nutrition tips to help you train smarter.
Our aim is you return from your holiday fitter, happier and in love with your sport.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Granfondo Gottardo Reviews
Check out Gerard’s experience of riding the Granfondo Gottardo with Brevet or read the review in Cycling Weekly and Cyclist Magazine.
Each col has its own character, the most interesting of which is the beautiful cobbled sections and hairpin turns of the 19km Saint Gotthard.
Hannah Reynolds, Cycling Weekly
Last comes the Nufenen Pass, which peaks at 2,478m with an average gradient of 8.5% and spikes of over 20%. My nonchalance at the event’s modest distance has quickly evaporated..
Peter Stuart, Cyclist Magazine
All Inclusive Cycling Holiday – You Just Need to Pedal
- 5 day cycling holiday with guided riding and Team Car support
- 3 nights in a traditional Swiss mountain resort hotel
- 2 nights in a hotel 5 minutes from start line
- Nutritious all you can eat healthy breakfasts
- Post ride lunches designed for cyclists
- Three course evening meals
- Private transfers from Zurich airport
- 12 week sportive training plan to get you fit
- 110km Granfondo Gottardo sportive entrance fee included
- Post race hospitality tent with well earned beers awaiting you
Pre Race Training Rides in the Swiss Alps
- 3 days of training rides in the Swiss Alps
- Sign on day warm up ride in the Leventina valley
- Cycle guiding and Brevet Team Car stocked with nutritional bars and hydration tablets
Not included: Flights, Insurance, Beverages
- Single Occupancy: CHF 2,345
- Twin/Double Occupancy¹: CHF 2,095
- Deposit: CHF 400 to reserve your place
¹If booking Twin/Double Occupancy you must have a partner/friend to share with
Granfondo Gottardo Payment Details
How To Pay
To book your place select from the room and payment options above and then press the BOOK button. You will then be given the option to pay securely via Credit Card or PayPal or directly via Bank Transfer. For step by step instructions see our How To Pay guide.
When To Pay
- Deposit: CHF 400 to reserve your place
- Balance Payment: by Wednesday 29th April 2015
- Holiday dates: Wednesday 22nd July to Monday 27th July 2015
- ¹If booking Twin/Double Occupancy you must have a partner/friend to share with
- At the time of booking a non-refundable 400CHF deposit is required
- If the Tour starts in less than 12 weeks full payment is required
- Full payment of the total cost is required 12 weeks before first day of the Tour
- Payment of a deposit indicates acceptance of the Terms and Conditions which includes our Cancellation Policy
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Granfondo Gottardo Flights
Transfers from Zurich Airport during the specified Transfer Window are included.
Flight arrivals: Until 11:30
Flight departures: After 17:00
Please book flights that will enable you to meet the specified Transfer Window. These are indicative flights for guests flying from London and flight schedules are subject to confirmation.
Arrive: Wednesday 22nd July 2015
London Gatwick to Zurich easyJet Flight 5113
Departs London: 07:10
Arrives Zurich: 09:50
Depart: Monday 27th July 2014
Zurich to London Gatwick easyJet Flight 5118
Departs Geneva: 21:25
Arrives Zurich: 22:05
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If you can not find flights to meet the specified Transfer Window, arriving a day early and staying at an airport hotel or a hotel near the main train station is a popular choice with many of our guests. You can then join the Included Airport Transfer the next day. Check out these recommendations for convenient airport and city centre hotels.
If you can not make the specified flight transfer time and don’t want to stay in an airport hotel the night before then check out these airport transfer options.
Extend Your Holiday
If you would like to extend your stay we can book additional hotel nights in our partner hotels in the mountains at preferential rates.
Granfondo Gottardo FAQs
For general questions about all Brevet Cycling Holidays please see our FAQs.
The following information relates directly to our Granfondo Gottardo Sportive Holiday:
Q: Does this package include guaranteed Granfondo Gottardo entry?
A: Yes. Your holiday includes guaranteed entry to the Granfondo Gottardo sportive.
Q: I have a Granfondo Gottardo entry place – can I still join the Brevet group?
A: Yes. We will give you a coupon code to reduce your holiday balance payment by the same amount as the Granfondo Gottardo entrance fee.
Q: I’d like to bring my non cycling partner – is that possible?
A: Yes. Non cycling partners are very welcome and where possible they can even follow the riders in the Brevet Team Car for one of our warm up rides to enjoy the spectacular scenery. If your partner likes the outdoors then they will enjoy being in the mountains and spending some time hiking in the Swiss Alps.
To book your partners place simply select “Non Riding Guest” and “Deposit” from the options above then press “Add to Cart”. This will add them to your cart. To add your place press “Continue Shopping” and on this page select “Twin or Double Occupancy” and “Deposit”. Press “Add to Cart” again and you should now have both deposits in your Cart ready to Checkout.
For step by step booking instructions see our How To Pay guide.
Q: I’d like to come for the weekend only – is that possible?
A: Yes. We offer a weekend Granfondo Gottardo Sportive Weekend package.
Can we try and persuade you to join us for the week?
We believe that your holiday time is precious. Getting away from the commitments of family, friends and work is important for our souls. Spending time riding in the mountains is the perfect antidote to our busy lifestyles.
But, the mountains are unpredictable. It’s not unknown for mountain passes to be blocked by snow in the middle of the summer and for sportives to be cancelled or badly effected by the weather. That’s why all our sportive holidays include warm up rides in the days leading up to the sportive so that you are guaranteed to get in some unforgettable rides!
So…re-work that schedule and give you and your bike the holiday you deserve!
Granfondo Gottardo Enquiry
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