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18.07.2010
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Meeting Point: ZH hauptbahnof 07:25AM

This is about a road bike ride in the heart of the Swiss Alps (a bit of a last minute call, but I wasn't sure how the weather was going to be. Forecasts are now for "nice and sunny").

The route is a classic: start at Goeschenen at 9am (train from Zurich HB at 7:30), climb up Sustenpass, roll down on the other side, climb Grosse Scheidegg and then down to Interlacken.

Anybody is welcome, but be aware that this should sum up to about 3000m of climbing (i.e. about two thirds of a mountain stage at the Tour de France).
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Old 18.07.2010, 22:10
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For future reference:
This ride (Goeschenen - Sustenpass 2224m - Inertkirchen - Grosse Scheidegg 1961m- Grindelwald - Interlaken) is 105k long, with a total height gain of 2700m split roughly equally between two big climbs.

Sustenpass is nice. I've done it many times and always liked it. Its slopes have gradients at a consistent 6-7% for about 16kms and you get nice views on the surrounding snowy mountains from time to time.

The road up and down Grosse Scheidegg is closed to traffic (only post buses, a few 4x4s and bicycles are allowed -> NO MOTORBIKES!) and absolutely gorgeous. I know it's supposed to be a classic for cyclists, but I had never done it before. It is fairly steep (significant sections at 8-10% and one 500m bit at around 13-15%) but the view is amazing and makes you forget everything else
The only disappointing thing is that the top is at an altitude 1961m, so 39m short of being a proper pass...
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Glad you got to experience that - It's such a great route! Grosse Scheidegg is gorgeous isn't it. And such a unique feel to it, with the road being closed to most traffic - I think that and its beauty make up for its lack in altitude Thanks for the stats!
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It's a great ride. I have the route here from when I did it back in Oct 2008. The autumn colours are fantastic.
http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/switze...n/493131683106
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Thanks for providing me with next weekends route!!
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Re: Road bike ride (Goeschenen to Interlaken)

Many thanks to Sylvain and his girlfriend for towing me up the first pass. Being out of shape as far as climbing goes I decided that I would cut out the second pass and ride to Lucerne over the Bruenig from Meiringen. I had a great and tiring day, but my confidence in my ability to ride over more than "groundwaves" was considerably boosted. Hope to join you on a future ride someday. Oh yes, I hope you guys didn't freeze on the way down - my teeth were chattering and I was shivering from the wind chill (even wearing a wind gilet and arm warmers).
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Many thanks to Sylvain and his girlfriend for towing me up the first pass. Being out of shape as far as climbing goes I decided that I would cut out the second pass and ride to Lucerne over the Bruenig from Meiringen. I had a great and tiring day, but my confidence in my ability to ride over more than "groundwaves" was considerably boosted. Hope to join you on a future ride someday. Oh yes, I hope you guys didn't freeze on the way down - my teeth were chattering and I was shivering from the wind chill (even wearing a wind gilet and arm warmers).
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Really glad you enjoyed it. We both thought that you did amazingly well in climbing the Sustenpass in one go and at such a solid pace (even going faster on the second half than on the first one). Believe me, somebody "out of shape" couldn't have done half of what you did!
And yes, the descent was a bit chilly indeed (you would think that it will teach me not to forget my arm warmers and wind jacket, but no, it happened many times before...)
Enjoy your 3-pass ride next week-end!
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Thanks for providing me with next weekends route!!
You're welcome
I forgot to mention that Sustenpass is on motorbikes' playground territory, which can spoil the whole experience significantly (IMHO). So the earlier you're there the better.
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