Col du St Gothard 2,091m
The Col du St Gothard or Passo del San Gottardo is known as the “Paris-Roubaix” of the Alps as it route includes the cobbled Tremola road.
The Tour de Suisse has climbed the Gotthard Pass more than any other mountain in Switzerland and you can climb it too with Brevet.
The Gotthard Pass features in the Granfondo Gottardo and the Alpenbrevet sportive and the combination of spectacular scenery, endless switchbacks and the mesmerising cobbles makes it a must ride climb.
Granfondo Gottardo Cycling Holiday
Col du St Gothard Profile
Col du St Gothard Stats:
- Starting elevation: 1,159 m
- Final elevation: 2,091 m
- Length of ascent: 12.7 km
- Elevation gain: 932 m
- Average gradient: 7.3%
- Max. gradient: 11.4%
Sportive Fact File:
- Climb 3/4 in the Alpenbrevet
- Climb 1/3 in the Granfondo San Gottardo
- Feed station on the summit in both sportives
In the Alpenbrevet and Granfondo Gottardo you will climb the Gotthard Pass from the Airolo side climbing 932m over 12.7km at an average gradient of 7.3% on the old Tremola road.
On their own these stats are impressive. Throw in the fact that the Tremola road is cobbled and you get one of cycling’s must do classic climbs.
It’s this unique combination of cobbles and a challenging climb that help make the Gotthard the favourite climb of Brevet Guide Tom.
Climbing the Col du St Gothard
What is it like to climb the Gotthard Pass?
Cobbles. The Gotthard Pass is sometimes called the Paris-Roubaix of the Alps, though the cobbles are in fact much kinder than that. The road climbs at a steady average of 7.4% and from the top you can look down and watch the switchback spaghetti spilling down the mountain.
Heidi Swift, Peloton Magazine
Each col in the Granfondo Gottardo 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
The old cobbled Tremolastrasse, an extraordinary noodle of 38 tightly bunched hairpins, the road itself perhaps even eclipses the natural beauty of the surrounding summits.
Daniel Friebe, Mountain High
Brevet guest Gerard shares his experience of facing the challenge of the Gotthard Pass cobbles in the Granfondo Gottardo:
This was the big day and my first Alpine sportive. However, after my few days of preparation with Tom and his team I couldn’t wait to get started and felt confident on the start line. There were three mountains to get over that day. The first was the Gotthard Pass, known as the Paris Roubaix of the Alps.
Did Gerard complete his first sportive? Read his Granfondo Gottardo story.
Climb the Gotthard on a Brevet Cycling Holiday
Guests on our Granfondo Gottardo and the Alpenbrevet sportive cycling holidays benefit from our first hand knowledge of cycling in Switzerland, including how to handle those cobbles!
If you would like to holiday like a Pro with knowledgable and friendly guides, Brevet Team Car support and guaranteed sportive entry then book your place on the Granfondo Gottardo or Alpenbrevet starting line today.
Granfondo Gottardo Cycling Holiday
Col du St Gothard by Jered Gruber
Col du St Gothard Strava Segment
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Cycling Climbs in Switzerland
Take a closer look at the climbs you will face if you join us on a Brevet cycling holiday in Switzerland:
- Grosse Scheidegg
- Col du St Gothard
- Susten Pass
- Col de la Croix
- Col des Mosses
- Col du Sanetsch
Photo Credits: Col du St Gothard profile by climbybike.com. Peloton Cover and Gotthard Pass by Jered Gruber.