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Old 27.04.2011, 12:51
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Slow Ups (Something for Sundays)

For those who are often stuck for something to do on a Sunday, over the warmer months there are a number of Slow Up events accross Switzerland.

Basically you turn up with your bike/roller skates/inline skates etc and enjoy the summer sun and great atmosphere. There's food, drinks and music as you go around, and is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.

The dates left for this year are:
01.05.2011 Werdenberg-Liechtenstein
08.05.2011 Solothurn-Buechibärg
15.05.2011 Schwyz - Swiss Kknife Valley
22.05.2011 Schaffhausen-Hegau
29.05.2011 Ticino
05.06.2011 Valais
19.06.2011 Hochrein
26.06.2011 Jura
03.07.2011 Vallèe de Joux
10.07.2011 La Gruyère
07.08.2011 Fetes de Genève
21.08.2011 Sempachersee
28.02.2011 Bodensee Schweiz
04.09.2011 Mountain Albula
11.09.2011 Emmental-Oberaargau
18.09.2011 Basel-Dreiland
25.09.2011 Zürichsee

For more details, go to www.slowup.ch

Enjoy!
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Re: Slow Ups (Something for Sundays)

These are so much fun
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Re: Slow Ups (Something for Sundays)

I've done the Morat slow-up twice, would have gone this year, but had a lunch invite instead. If it's sunny, it can be a nightmare though, with so many people.
I've also done the Gruyère VTT (XC) route, which was a lot of fun. It was raining, so was pretty quiet (and very muddy ).
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Re: Slow Ups (Something for Sundays)

I have also ridden the Murten-Morat slow up twice. It can be VERY hair raising with 20 or 30 cylists all cyling in close formation. It looks very dangerous, but I only saw minor crashes.
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I have also ridden the Murten-Morat slow up twice. It can be VERY hair raising with 20 or 30 cylists all cyling in close formation. It looks very dangerous, but I only saw minor crashes.
The worse things are the bottlenecks at the villages, esp coming up the hill into Avenches
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Re: Slow Ups (Something for Sundays)

I did the Mürten ride this year, and because of the near-perfect weather it was incredibly busy and well supported - 50K people I think was reported. Certainly for the whole 2 hrs. (10:00-12:00) of my run, every stretch of road that I was on was completely clogged, with the bottle necks at certain points, including all "watering" holes, being almost at a standstill, although I was able to keep going, albeit at walking pace.

Unfortunately, being with my 11yr old daughter, cycling 32km in the sun, with 1000's of others, and then having to drive home afterwards, I wasn't able to refresh my thirst with cold beer or the local wine (Vully) on offer. Under different circumstances, my 2 hrs. could have easily become 8, and a good time had by all.

Fortunately we had our water bottles, but I would add that had I needed to top up with water en route, I didn't see anywhere obvious to do this - although I'm sure it would have been possible with a bit of searching.

Great day out.
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Re: Slow Ups (Something for Sundays)

Did it in Basel last year. It's fun if the weather's good as there are lots of places to sit, chill, have a burger, beer etc. but you can be saddle sore afterwards as the going is so slow you never lift yourself out of the saddle at all.
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I did the Mürten ride this year, and because of the near-perfect weather it was incredibly busy and well supported - 50K people I think was reported. Certainly for the whole 2 hrs. (10:00-12:00) of my run, every stretch of road that I was on was completely clogged, with the bottle necks at certain points, including all "watering" holes, being almost at a standstill, although I was able to keep going, albeit at walking pace.

Unfortunately, being with my 11yr old daughter, cycling 32km in the sun, with 1000's of others, and then having to drive home afterwards, I wasn't able to refresh my thirst with cold beer or the local wine (Vully) on offer. Under different circumstances, my 2 hrs. could have easily become 8, and a good time had by all.

Fortunately we had our water bottles, but I would add that had I needed to top up with water en route, I didn't see anywhere obvious to do this - although I'm sure it would have been possible with a bit of searching.

Great day out.
We did it this year too and there were certainly lots of people there. We also had our 11 year old with us but still managed to stop for a beer before heading home.
It was great fun but I could certainly feel the after effects the next day.
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We did it this year too and there were certainly lots of people there. We also had our 11 year old with us but still managed to stop for a beer before heading home.
It was great fun but I could certainly feel the after effects the next day.
Funny ... I didn't see you.
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Funny ... I didn't see you.

Don't think I saw you either. I can't think why.
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Don't think I saw you either. I can't think why.
I was the one with white cycling top and black helmet.
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I was the one with white cycling top and black helmet.
and riding a bike...
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Re: Slow Ups (Something for Sundays)

And I didn't see you guys at Murten either! I was the biker in black shorts and white vest

Plenty of water is a must, and sun cream too.
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Re: Slow Ups (Something for Sundays)

Gee where were y'all
Twas fun was it not ?
Came home with quite a sunburn that day .... and a good dose of admiration for the brave who decided to go for a second round
32 km was enough for me

Hey it would be neat to have a EF group for the next one
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Re: Slow Ups (Something for Sundays)

That's why I didn't have a proper drink - I was only going to stop on the second circuit. But when I suggested this to my daughter, because she needs training for a school trip (about 75 klicks), she declined my offer.

She did ask me if my saddle needed more padding, but I told her I had piles, already.
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I didn't see any of you either. We were four people on two tandems decked out in Swiss jerseys and we thought we'd stand out, but it was such a zoo I think we weren't so conspicuous in the end.

It was so crowded on the roads I think if I ever do one again I'll forego the cycling bit and just stick to the refreshment stands.
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