The Alpenbrevet in Switzerland is Europe’s toughest one day cycling challenge.
The PlatinTour route map of the Alpenbrevet shows the scale of the challenge; 7,031m of climbing over 276km.
The Alpenbrevet is the toughest road cycling challenge in Switzerland. Whether you choose the Silver (132km), Gold (172km) or Platinum (276km) course, the Alpenbrevet is sure to be the cycling experience of a lifetime.
Bored of doing the Marmotte, Etape du Tour or Dragon Ride? Take on the ultimate challenge of the Alpenbrevet.
Get Your Alpine Cycling Brevet
A Brevet is a certificate earned by completing a long distance bike ride with a specific time limit. In the Alpenbrevet you are your only competition, there’s no racing it’s just you against the distance and the clock; have you trained hard enough?
In the UK this is known as an Audax, in Europe these randonneuring events are called randonée or brevet, and a rider who has completed a 200 km event is called a randonneur. Unlike in flatter countries such as the UK, even the “easiest” Silver course covers 132km and a massive 3,875m of climbing – an incredible achievement to add to your cycling palmarès.
Alpenbrevet 2015 Event Details
- Date: Saturday 29th August 2015
- Distances: 276km, 172km, 132km
- Cyclists: Limited to 2,500 riders
- Start: Meiringen, Switzerland
- Finish: Meiringen, Switzerland
- Nearest Airport: Berne, Zurich or Geneva
- Accommodation: Brevet’s Alpenbrevet cycling holiday and Alpenbrevet Sportive Weekend include accommodation near the start line
Choose From Three Alpenbrevet Distances
The Alpenbrevet is a great sportive to enter with a group of friends of varied cycling ability. Each course features some of the most mythical climbs in Switzerland and every rider can find the right challenge for them.
Alpenbrevet PlatinTour Route Map: 7,031m of climbing over 276km
Featured Climbs on the Alpenbrevet PlatinTour: Grimsel (2,165m) Nufenen (2,478m) Lukmanier (1,915m) Oberalp (2,044m) and Susten (2,264m)
- Challenge: 7,031m of climbing over 276km
- Climbs: Grimsel (2,165m) Nufenen (2,478m) Lukmanier (1,915m) Oberalp (2,044m) and Susten (2,264m)
The Platintour is the toughest challenge in the Alpenbrevet and covers some of the highest paved roads in Europe including the infamous Nufenen Pass at 2,478m. There are few road cycling events in the world where you can tackle epic mouton climbs and spin past palm trees in Ticino on the same day.
As strict time limits apply those who are on the limit will be able to redirect onto the Goldtour route in Airolo allowing you to be flexible on the day according to how your legs hold up in the high mountains!
- Challenge: 5,294m of climbing over 172km
- Climbs: Grimsel (2,165m) Nufenen (2,478m) Gotthard (2,106m) and Susten (2,264m)
The Goldtour features the “Paris-Roubaix of the The Alps” the unforgettable cobbles of the huge St Gotthard Pass. The Gotthard should be on your cycling “must do climbs” list, it features several long stretches of cobblestones as you climb high above the valley floor. After the challenge of the St Gotthard Pass the smooth roads of the final climb of the day over the Susten Pass (2,264m) will feel relatively easy!
- Challenge: 3,875m of climbing over 132km
- Climbs: Grimsel (2,165m) Furka (2,429m) and Susten (2,264m)
If you’re thinking that the Silbertour is any less of an achievement think again. With over 3,875m of climbing packed into 132km you are either going up or you’re going down!
The Alpenbrevet Silbertour also features the second highest pass of the day, one that none of the other randonneurs will have taken on; The Furka Pass. The Furka Pass is one of the classic climbs of the Alps with trademark hairpin turns and jaw dropping mountain views as you climb to the summit at 2,429m.
Alpenbrevet Cycling Holiday
Brevet are offering the chance to take part in the Alpenbrevet and prepare for the challenge in the Swiss Alps before the event. Our Alpenbrevet cycling holiday includes training rides aimed at helping you adapt to the mountains before the big day. Our local knowledge will help you relax and focus on enjoying completing the Alpenbrevet in the stunning scenery of the Swiss Alps.Alpenbrevet Cycling Holiday
Short on time? Join us just for the weekend on our Alpenbrevet Sportive Weekend that includes accommodation near the start line.
Training for the 2015 Alpenbrevet
Clearly taking on one of the toughest cycling challenges in Europe requires dedicated training. By following a sportive training plan your body will slowly build fitness and make the fitness adaptations needed to complete the Alpenbrevet.
Sportive Training Tips
- Enter the Alpenbrevet with some friends the joint commitment will help you stick to the plan
- Make training dates with your friends and involve friends or loved ones at coffee stops
- Enter a sportive before the big day to practice nutrition, riding in a group and waking up early!
2015 Alpenbrevet Entry
Places for the Alpenbrevet sell out and are limited to 2,500 riders. At Brevet we have a limited number of guaranteed Alpenbrevet 2015 entries.
Alpenbrevet Training Plan
Are you in training for the Alpenbrevet? Use our free 12 week Sportive Training Plan to get you in the best possible shape for the Alpenbrevet. Simply fill the form below and we’ll send you your free training plan:
Useful websites for the 2015 Alpenbrevet
- Official website: Alpenbrevet
- Facebook Page: Alpenbrevet on Facebook
- Twitter hashtag: #Alpenbrevet
- Brevet’s Alpenbrevet cycling holiday and Alpenbrevet Sportive Weekend
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Swiss Cycling Top Tours
The Alpenbrevet has achieved the prestigious Swiss Cycling Top Tour award for exceptional organizational quality as has the Gruyère Cycling Tour.