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Old 07.05.2011, 09:57
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I am sorry, I didn't realise you had already done so much cycling in your life. You sound more than fit enough to ride up Grimselpass (and Furkapass or any other big mountain pass for that matter). Unlike mountaineering, road cycling never take you too far away from civilisation and (in Switzerland) from public transports.

And of course you're perfectly right about TT: my dad is twice his age and I bet he would kick his ass
Hi Sylvain,
Nothing personal there; my fitness is irrelevant here; I neither asked for any advice nor claimed to be fit here. I was just suggesting (without realizing he has been cycling so much before) that the high Swiss passes aren't the best place to debut. A normal 47 year old debutant would have to exercise more caution than a 27 year old (at least that is how I think, as someone in between these ages). (doesn't apply to someone of Elgg's experience though)

It would be foolish is someone reading this posts attempts something just because your dad does something at that age; let's not talk of outliers.

The reference to mountaineering is also irrelevant; i was posting based on one experience I had when visibility dropped from 5km to 50cm in about 15 mins and I had to walk down Susten pass as I couldn't see the road and kerb...things are not always as nice at Britkiwi experienced although it usually is.

Again, sorry I didn't know the public transport is already running this year; normally it is in mid-Jun to mid-September in the passes you mention (can someone confirm if the buses and hotels are open this weekend?).

Okeey, got to go now. Have been talking a lot; will surely join one of your rides soon

Have fun in the meantime
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I am keen - what time at you meeting and where?

I am slow but won't be offended if you drop me!
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I am keen - what time at you meeting and where?

I am slow but won't be offended if you drop me!
OK - great.

How about meeting in Meiringen at the train station around 9:30?

Then we can decide what to do.

It could be this one, or going to Furka and back or something different.

Doing the full Meiringen - Grimsel - Furka - Andermatt - Susten - Meiringen may be a bit too much.

Let me know what you think about it.
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I would love to join but I can't make it tomorrow. It being Mother's Day and all, I would feel guilty leaving my wife home all day with two kids while I go having fun.

Maybe next Sunday? For me a 40km ride is fine or I suppose longer if we stop for lunch.

I hope you have a great ride tomorrow.

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OK - great.

How about meeting in Meiringen at the train station around 9:30?
Where are you coming from? Im in Uster and SBB reckons 3 hours by train so will probably drive.

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Not likely to be online later so if you still keen SMS me on 0788 747 840, otherwise will do something more local.
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Re: Weekend Cycling Groups

Ok, there has been some change of plan.
We are now going up Sustenpass from Erstfeld at 10am. There is a train leaving from ZH HB at 8:35am (with changeover in Zug).
Sustenpass is a loooooong stretch up from deep down in the valley (and is apparently closed to traffic, but some people believe it's rideable). Then, there is the possibility to ride down to Meiringen and up Grosse Scheidegg (but that's probably wishful thinking...). I don't know what the overall pace will be: I guess it will depend on who comes
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Ok, there has been some change of plan.
We are now going up Sustenpass from Erstfeld at 10am. There is a train leaving from ZH HB at 8:35am (with changeover in Zug).
Sustenpass is a loooooong stretch up from deep down in the valley (and is apparently closed to traffic, but some people believe it's rideable). Then, there is the possibility to ride down to Meiringen and up Grosse Scheidegg (but that's probably wishful thinking...). I don't know what the overall pace will be: I guess it will depend on who comes
OK....no problem. See you at the station in Erstfeld at 10:00 as I come by car. This also means that I turn around at the top and rides back to Erstfeld.
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I rode Meiringen to Grimsel today. It was pretty hot. Take enough water.
Lots of motor bikes. And some soft top sports cars being driven by miserable looking middle aged Swiss men. Come on! Smile! It was such a beautiful day.

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But like for hiking, it's usually good advice to start with something moderately easy before moving on to something more difficult/strenuous.
Could you recommend a good beginner's climb? We are enthusiastic and relatively strong but inexperienced, so I'd like to test myself. Then I'll have a better idea if we're ready for prime time. Thanks!
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Re: Weekend Cycling Groups

You can start with a trip from oerlikon to the greifensee, head to maur, go the top of forch, then all the way down to the zurich lake.
Or start at bellevue and all the way up to the zoo........ (and return)
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You can start with a trip from oerlikon to the greifensee, head to maur, go the top of forch, then all the way down to the zurich lake.
Or start at bellevue and all the way up to the zoo........ (and return)
Thanks very much! We'll ride one of those today so if you're out there and see someone rolling backwards you'll know it's me.
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You can start with a trip from oerlikon to the greifensee, head to maur, go the top of forch, then all the way down to the zurich lake.
Or start at bellevue and all the way up to the zoo........ (and return)
Very good suggestions.

If you want to test yourself further, on the other side of the lake, there is also the (relatively steep) climb up to Buchenegg (starts from Adliswill. you can then drop on the other side, turn left and go back up Albispass).

The next level would probably be something like Sattelegg (it starts from Siebnen, at the other end of lake Zurich and goes up 1200m).

(you can get details on these climbs from the websites that have been posted earlier).
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Re: Weekend Cycling Groups

We are planning a days ride late in July - Chur-to-Ascona is the current thinking although we don't know which route to take - Disentis or San Bernadino.

It is likely to be on a Thursday - and I will post something up nearer the time.
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Old 09.05.2011, 11:34
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I would feel guilty leaving my wife home all day with two kids while I go having fun.

Maybe next Sunday? For me a 40km ride is fine or I suppose longer if we stop for lunch.

I hope you have a great ride tomorrow.

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Hi, I face the same dilemma on weekends.

Would you be interested in an easy family-oriented pass ride (of course, everyone is welcome)? The idea is we start together at a convenient train station e.g. Wassen for Sustenpass. The families catch the bus while the cyclists ride up the pass. We regroup at the top, where there are a couple of restaurants (not sure they are open at the moment though), maybe do a little hike there, and get back the same way. Should make a nice relaxing day trip from Zurich.

I can only do this if I can find some company (more for the wife and kid who will have to wait for me at the top while I plod up slooo...wly )

Being one myself, I would welcome beginners (subject to common sense as detailed in my previous posts, and carrying a lightweight water proof jacket/gloves: the mountains don't differentiate between mountaineers, hikers and cyclists; weather affects everyone equally).

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road cycling never take you too far away from civilisation and (in Switzerland) from public transports.
Hi, Can you confirm if the PT is running? Were the restaurants offen? And for the benefit of newcomers, can you elaborate what sort of "civilization" did you see over 2000m at this time of the year ['confused' smilie; can't add it while editing :-( ]

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Hi, Can you confirm if the PT is running? Were the restaurants offen? And for the benefit of newcomers, can you elaborate what sort of "civilization" did you see over 2000m at this time of the year ['confused' smilie; can't add it while editing :-( ]

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Yesterday Susten pass was still closed and consequently also public transport and restaurants.
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Yesterday Susten pass was still closed and consequently also public transport and restaurants.
Any idea when they open? I would prefer not to find that out after going up especially if I am going with new people
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According to this, the Grimsel and Furka are opening from 08.00 on Saturday

http://www.tcs.ch/main/de/home/verke...e_tunnels.html
Unfortunately is does not say when it opens. However, as you can see, most other passes are open, so such an event as you describe it can be held somewhere else. Meiringen -> Furka for instance.
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Old 09.05.2011, 13:24
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Unfortunately is does not say when it opens. However, as you can see, most other passes are open, so such an event as you describe it can be held somewhere else. Meiringen -> Furka for instance.
Unfortunately, a pass being open is only a necessary but not a sufficient condition for PT to run and restaurants to be open. But thanks for the tip, yeah, once PT runs, we can have many options to choose from, with 1-2 passes depending on who comes.

So guys, please post here you are interested (by which I mean you are really excited), then I am happy to put some thought and organize an EF trip.

Please note that the theme here is a friendly, social outing (if you like comparing who p*sses farther, this ride won't be suitable but I can direct you to excellent alternatives ). I only insist on reasonable fitness (e.g. you should have tested yourself at least on 500m ht gain before, if you want to try 1000m ht gain far away from home, just common sense) for reasons of safety. My own estimate, based on posting history is that most of you who have posted on this thread are already fit enough for one high pass, probably faster than me. I do enjoy the mountains a lot (in different forms) and would love to share my excitement with others, especially newcomers who may feel daunted by the prospects.

PM me if you want more personal discussion.

p.s. I am more likely to do this in end of June, and only on weekends; you have enough time to test/train yourself.
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Hi, Can you confirm if the PT is running? Were the restaurants offen? And for the benefit of newcomers, can you elaborate what sort of "civilization" did you see over 2000m at this time of the year ['confused' smilie; can't add it while editing :-( ]

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Disclaimer for the benefit of newcomers: there are no shopping malls nor McDonalds nor even a Migros in most of the Swiss alpine passes. I saw 2 marmots though and they seemed very civilized

This is what Sustenpass looks like at the moment, btw:


and that's the machine they used to remove the snow:


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