The challenge of completing the Alpenbrevet 2013 attracted riders from Australia, America, Denmark and the UK to the Swiss Alps to take on the toughest one cycling event in Europe on our unique Alpenbrevet Cycling Holiday.
Our Tour Report looks back on a great week from the perspective of our Guides, if you are thinking of joining us on the Alpenbrevet holiday then do read this in depth Guest Review of the trip or check out why Peloton Magazine rate Brevet so highly.
Day 1 – Lac Hongrin
- Distance: 64km
- Elevation Gain: +1,051m
- Climbs: Côte des Voëttes and Col des Mosses (1,445m)
To welcome our Alpenbrevet guest to the Swiss Alps we set out on late afternoon ride to Lac Hongrin via the Côte des Voëttes and Col des Mosses.
Lac Hongrin (1,225m) is a military firing range whose closed roads make the perfect environment for riding – there are few places in the world where you can get 30km+ of riding at altitude on gently undulating perfect tarmac. We took advantage of this sercet spot to whip the Brevet Train into shape!
As late afternoon storm clouds threatened we rode back to base en bloc and arrived back just as the heavens opened!
Check out more photos in our Day 1 Facebook Album.
Day 2 – Col de la Croix
- Distance: 82km
- Elevation Gain: +2,276m
- Climbs: Côte de la Forclaz (1,274m) & Col de la Croix (1,776m)
The hors categorie Col de la Croix (1,776m) was the main objective of Day 2. The 20km climb gaining +1,448m at an average gradient of 5.7% is the ideal testing point for riders about to take on the epic climbs in the Alpenbrevet.
The Col de la Croix starts with a fierce climb through the stunning vineyards clinging to the side of the mountain:
As you climb higher and higher the views just get even better until you reach the final climb with the Diablerets massif looming in the background:
The hard work is amply rewarded on the descent…
Check out more photos in our Day 2 Facebook Album.
Day 3 – Lake Brienz
- Distance: 30km
On Day 3 of our 2013 Alpenbrevet trip we transferred to Meiringen (our base for the entire length of our 2014 Alpenbrevet trip) and were joined by several riders on our Pro Support weekend package for a gentle spin along the valley to Lake Brienz.
It was the perfect time to relax and share stories over coffee before the big day!
Check out more photos in our Day 3 Facebook Album.
Day 4 – Alpenbrevet 2013
Whichever Alpenbrevet course you choose, it’s a huge challenge. At Brevet our Guides take care of all the little details so all you have to do is focus on pedalling and enjoying the ride. From cleaning your bike the night before to private feed stations out on the course we Go The Extra Mile for our guests:
Our Alpenbrevet 2013 guests celebrate finishing the Alpenbrevet at the Brevet Clubhouse!
Check out more photos in our Day 4 Facebook Album.
A big thank you to all our guests on our Alpenbrevet Cycling Holiday and the local riders who joined us for our Brevet Pro Support package too!
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