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Old 21.08.2008, 14:59
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Summary of Cycling Events in Zurich

I don't want to beat a dead horse but have been asked a few times privately about the cycling events in Zurich area but thought a public summary would help. I have put a short summary below such that people can hopefully find this summary when they search. Please see the Calendar for the events as below

- There has been one main regular road biking ride scheduled on Thursday evenings usually at 6:30 pm. It is usually organized by myself or Hillseeker and meets somewhere in Zurich when we go to Zuri Oberland or in Thalwil and explores that area usually including Albis Pass

In general, the group is a fairly fit bunch who likes to climbs hills, but this being Zurich hills are hard to avoid. However, the group is pretty welcoming for anyone willing to give the effort and will wait within reason at the top of the major hills.

- Patrickrd has been scheduling (recently) a regular road biking ride on Sunday afternoons in Oerlikon. This is usually 60 to 70 km's over 3 hours with a fair amount of climbing (in the 500 to 900 meter range). I won't comment on the level as I haven't shown up yet.

- There is a regular Tuesday nite Mountain Ride, usually arranged by Eire where they ascend Uetliberg or Zuriberg and come down very fast. Actually, I have no idea on the level but as these are Mountain Bikers you have to be a bit nutso anyhow.

- Other than that there has been the occassional Wednesday rides but these are not regularly scheduled but usually just happen when someone (usually me) can't make the Thursday nite ride.

Other than that, there have been a few additional random events on weekends, which usually involves heading out and hurting ourselves(not literally) on mountain passes, for example a group of us cycled to Klausen Pass to watch the Tour De Switzerland. And someone else organized a two day event in Andermatt where they attacked six of the largest passes in Switzerland (Oberalp, Susten, Grimsel, Furka, Gotthard and Lukmanier)

There has been discussion about adding a lower speed or less climbing ride either to the Thursday ride or at another time. But as of now this has not been formalized.

None of these are offical club rides or the such, just people who set up rides on the calendar. So anyone can feel free to set something up as usual.

Another key point to remember, safety first in any cycling event. When planning a route always keep in mind you will have a group of riders of different abilities and experience, and cars, though better here than some places, are one of the biggest dangers to a cyclist. Thus, some routes may be good for an individual ride but not good for a group ride.

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Re: Summary of Cycling Events in Zurich

Really useful thanks
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Old 28.08.2009, 17:05
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Re: Summary of Cycling Events in Zurich

No problem, I will update to say the Thursday rides are now organized primarily by Hillseeker and Litespeed.

And the regular Sunday rides by PatrickRd are no longer happening but perhaps someone will re-start those once the days get shorter...
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Re: Summary of Cycling Events in Zurich

I see the Thursday night rides(or alumni thereof) has a new world champion in their mix.

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I see the Thursday night rides(or alumni thereof) has a new world champion in their mix.
with an excellent performance in the Road Race too! WOW!
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Re: Summary of Cycling Events in Zurich

how good do I have to by to participate?
I must say I'm a little rusty.
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how good do I have to by to participate?
I must say I'm a little rusty.
Don't worry, the World Champion in the group comes mostly for the social aspect, not the challenge. There's a decent range of abilities in the group, but you'll probably have to wait until next year for the next evening outing. So, you'll have all winter to change from rusty to ready.
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Re: Summary of Cycling Events in Zurich

Think I'll be joining in to in the new year - Pretty excited!
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Re: Summary of Cycling Events in Zurich

Are the evening rides starting back up again soon?
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Re: Summary of Cycling Events in Zurich

Hi,

The rides will definitely be starting up again but I think the usual suspects in terms of organisation are travelling around for the next few weeks - if it is falls to me then 28 April will be the first outing (a very late 'start' to the season) but keep an eye out and someone might organise something before this.

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Re: Summary of Cycling Events in Zurich

Im looking forward to these group rides...can't wait until they start up
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Re: Summary of Cycling Events in Zurich

Whats the latest news on joining rides in Zurich?

I've been here a few months but lost an Argon 18 and a Fullsus MTB to some friendly thief so have only just managed to get a replacement road bike after many weeks of negotaitons with the insurance company.

I've missed a lot of cycling this year due to moving here and the theft but really want to get back out and enjoy the cycling here before we lose the season (means I could do with some easy rides!)
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Re: Summary of Cycling Events in Zurich

This is really great info! Thanks so much.

I'll be visiting Zurich next week 9/20 to 9/26 and will be renting a bike from Tempo Sport to get in some cycling. They're setting me up with a Cervelo S2 that should be sweet to get in some miles on.

I'd be excited to get in a group ride. If the Thursday evening ride on 9/22 is still on, I'd love to come out and ride with the locals.

My wife will be at work during the day, so if anyone wants to ride during the day, I'd be happy to join also.

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Re: Summary of Cycling Events in Zurich

Rob,

Since I fled the great country of Switzerland a few years back (wow that long - hard to believe) and just happened upon on here today for the first time in at least a month or more

I am not sure if the Thursday evening rides are still regularly calendared on here. As it starts getting dark in Switzerland early in the fall, post-work rides in September become more difficult. I would advise you to pm a few of the recent posters on this thread as not sure if they regularly check here. Seems the cycling posters have become more scarce on the EF.

I can pm you some contacts if you want. Just don't tell them I sent you

btw, let me know your experience with Tempo as always looking for a decent place to rent a bike when i get over.
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Re: Summary of Cycling Events in Zurich

I'd be up for some group rides. Not opposed to riding in the dark, cold or wet either. Can't really start for the next couple of weeks as I have an exam that I'm giving all my time to.
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Rob,

Since I fled the great country of Switzerland a few years back (wow that long - hard to believe) and just happened upon on here today for the first time in at least a month or more

I am not sure if the Thursday evening rides are still regularly calendared on here. As it starts getting dark in Switzerland early in the fall, post-work rides in September become more difficult. I would advise you to pm a few of the recent posters on this thread as not sure if they regularly check here. Seems the cycling posters have become more scarce on the EF.

I can pm you some contacts if you want. Just don't tell them I sent you

btw, let me know your experience with Tempo as always looking for a decent place to rent a bike when i get over.
Dakman -

I used Tempo to replace my stolen road bike with a nice shiney new Cervelo R5 and the service was excellent. They also loaned me a Cervelo P3 for the Uster Triathlon as I had nothing to ride. They know their stuff and rental fee's are pretty good, plus the standard of the bikes is good too (and well maintained)

I'd love to get out cycling more and if there was a group to join all the better as I really dont know many routes yet, although there do seem to be some good suggestion on other threads that i'll have to try (especially once fitter!)
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Re: Summary of Cycling Events in Zurich

Is this all up to date?
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Re: Summary of Cycling Events in Zurich

Very useful info, I will be keeping my eye on these events

Keep the events up!

Under the sun or under the rain, I am up for a good ride
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Re: Summary of Cycling Events in Zurich

Thanks for the comprehensive post; great
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Re: Summary of Cycling Events in Zurich

Little bump: any updates to this? Am looking to get out on the bike for early morning / weekend sessions...
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