The Granfondo Gottardo is known as one of the most unique and challenging sportives in the Alps and Granfondo Gottardo 2013 was testament to that!

Our Tour Report looks back on a great week from the perspective of our Guides, if you are thinking of joining us for the Granfondo Gottardo then you should check out this in depth Guest Review too.

Day 1 – Lac Hongrin

  • Distance: 64km
  • Elevation Gain: +1,051m
  • Climbs: Côte des Voëttes and Col des Mosses (1,445m)

After transferring from Geneva Airport we welcomed our Granfondo Gottardo 2013 guests to the Swiss Alps with a climb to the Lac Hongrin dam via the challenging Côte des Voëttes route to the Col des Mosses (1,445m) and were rewarded with a wonderful sunset ride:

Check out more photos in our Day 1 Facebook Album.

Day 2 – Col du Pillon and Col des Mosses

  • Distance: 70km
  • Elevation Gain: 1,289m
  • Climbs: Col du Pillon (1,546m) and Col des Mosses (1,445m)

On our first full day of riding we warmed up for the challenge of the Granfondo Gottardo with a circuit of the Diablerets massif via the Col du Pillon (1,546m) and Col des Mosses (1,445m).

With a diverse group of guests from as far a field as Singapore, Japan, Australia, Denmark and Ireland it was a magical day for soaking up the beauty of riding in the Swiss Alps:

The Col des Mosses is a climb regularly used in the Tour de Romandie and our guests Elisabeth and Martin relished the chance to open up the legs on a sunny summers day:

Check out more photos in our Day 2 Facebook Album.

Day 3 – Col de la Croix

  • Distance: 62km
  • Elevation Gain: +1,717m
  • Climbs: Col de la Croix (1,776m)

Looming large on the itinerary for the week was the biggest test before race day: the hors categorie Col de la Croix (1,776m).

For the many of our guests the 20km climb gaining +1,448m at an average gradient of 5.7% would be the toughest ever test on a bike.

The climb starts in the picturesque vineyard section:

It’s a climb that just keeps on going and it’s important to measure out your energy, an important lesson for Granfondo Gottardo’s final climb the Nufenen pass!

Brevet Guest Larry lives and trains in Singapore and was pretty please to get the Col de la Croix on his palmarès!

Check out more photos in our Day 3 Facebook Album.

Day 4 – Rest Day

  • Distance: xxkm
  • Elevation Gain: +xm
  • Climbs: x

To prepare for the Granfondo Gottardo we tested out the cobbles of the Gothard pass before our Guides took care of all the little things that make a big difference on a Brevet sportive holiday:

Check out more photos in our Day 4 Facebook Album.

Day 5 – Granfondo San Gottardo

With legs well acclimatised to the challenge of cycling in the Alps our guests were ready for the challenge of the Granfondo Gottardo!

It’s not often you get to climb a cobbled pass watched by a crowd of Swiss cows!

To find out what it’s like to ride the Granfondo Goattardo read Brevet guest Gerard’s in-depth Guest Review

Check out more photos in our Day 5 Facebook Album.

Thank You!

A big thank you to all our guests on our Granfondo Gottardo Holiday!

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