The 110km Granfondo Gottardo course starts with the highest cobbled road in Europe the Col du St. Gothard (2,106m).
The Granfondo Gottardo route map shows the three 2,000m+ Alpine passes that you’ll have to climb over; Gottardo (2,106m), Furka (2,429m) and Nufenen (2,478m).
Granfondo San Gottardo 2015
The Granfondo San Gottardo is a cycling sportive set in Switzerland with a distinctly Italian feel. There are few places in the world where you can pass road signs in Italian and German during the same race and climb cols that are named in all the languages of cycling.
At the crossroads of Valais and Ticino, two of Switzerland’s most beautiful regions, the Granfondo San Gottardo is an epic cycling sportive taking on the mighty Col du St. Gothard, Col de la Furka and Col de la Nufenen.
Granfondo San Gottardo 2015 Event Details
- Date: Sunday 26th July 2015
- Distances: 110km or 57km
- Cyclists: Over 1,000 riders took part in the 4th edition in 2014
- Start: Ambri, Switzerland
- Finish: Ambri, Switzerland
- Nearest Airport: Geneva or Zurich Airport
- Accommodation: Brevet’s Granfondo Gottardo Holiday and Granfondo Gottardo Sportive Weekend include accommodation near the start line
Granfondo San Gottardo 2015 Route
Although relatively short for a Granfondo at 110km, the Granfondo San Gottardo packs a serious punch with 3,000m+ of climbing in less than 40km of road. Underestimate this challenge at your peril!
Each of these climbs has been featured by best selling author and photographer du Daniel Friebe in Mountain High and the sequel Mountain Higher.
Col du St. Gothard
At 2,106m high the Passo del san Gottardo is an epic climb. Throw in the cobbled sections of the strada della Tremola and you have the ”Paris Roubaix des Alpes” as the Gran Fondo San Gottardo organizers proudly call it!
Col de la Furka
Just after you have swooped down the stunning descent off the Col du St. Gothard a 17km climb at over 6% awaits! The climb up to the Col de la Furka or Furka Pass is impressive and the lure of bagging a Col at 2,429m is enough motivation to keep the legs spinning.
Col de la Nufenen
The Col de la Nufenen tops out at a literally breath taking 2,478m (over 8,000ft). The Nufenen Pass is the punchiest of the lot at 14km averaging over 8% with sections north of 20% – a real test of your training!
2015 Granfondo San Gottardo Holiday
Brevet’s Granfondo Gottardo holiday cycling holiday features the Granfondo San Gottardo. Our Granfondo San Gottardo holiday will include 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 Gran Fondo San Gottardo in the stunning scenery of the Swiss Alps.
Short on time? Join us just for the weekend on our Granfondo Gottardo Sportive Weekend that includes accommodation near the start line.
2015 Granfondo San Gottardo Entry
Take away all the hassle and let us do the admin so you can focus on the pedalling, both Brevet’s Granfondo Gottardo Holiday and Granfondo Gottardo Sportive Weekend include guaranteed entry for the Granfondo Gottardo.
Training for 2015 Granfondo San Gottardo
The sheer volume of climbing in a relatively short distance makes the Granfondo San Gottardo one of the toughest Granfondos in Europe. It requires dedicated training and your training plan must include hills.
Whilst the temptation might be to launch straight into hill repeats on your local climb, following a sportive training plan will build the base fitness you’ll need to complete the Granfondo San Gottardo.
Sportive Training Tips
- Enter the Granfondo San Gottardo 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 local sportive early in the season to practice nutrition, riding in a group and waking up early!
Granfondo Gottardo Training Plan
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Useful websites for Granfondo San Gottardo 2014
- Official website: Granfondo San Gottardo
- Facebook Page: Granfondo San Gottardo on Facebook
- Twitter: Follow @gfsangottardo
- Brevet’s Granfondo Gottardo holiday and Granfondo Gottardo Sportive Weekend
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