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Mountain passes - bicycle free?

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We’re planning on driving through the mountain passes (Furka, Susten, Gotthard, etc) in July, but I noticed there are many ads for scenic cycling tours. Being stuck behind a tired&slow cyclist on a narrow lane is less than ideal for a relaxing driving trip.
Do you have any tips for passes which are more or less bicycle free?

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Old 09.07.2019, 12:48
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We’re planning on driving through the mountain passes (Furka, Susten, Gotthard, etc) in July, but I noticed there are many ads for scenic cycling tours. Being stuck behind a tired&slow cyclist on a narrow lane is less than ideal for a relaxing driving trip.
Do you have any tips for passes which are more or less bicycle free?

Thanks!
Go early, like really early. Not just cyclists, but general road users and particularly caravans. Also watch out for speed limits. Penalties are harsh and the police are ingenious at catching you. They also tend to work normal hours (see point 1, but cameras never sleep).
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Re: Mountain passes - bicycle free?

This is why motorcycles were invented


Also, I've got a lot of respect for cyclists who manage such mountains.
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Re: Mountain passes - bicycle free?

Furka, Susten, Grimsel, Gotthard are not really narrow.

Avoid "rush hour": No weekends, no holidays (both meanings). Go early or late in the season and early or late in the day, and as mentioned use a motorcycle. Actually, mountain passes should be for two-wheeler only.
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Horsepower, and lots of it, as a normally aspirated engine loses 10%/1000msm.

Anyway, the problem is not to pass bicycles, it's to pass tour buses, and Dutch and Germans with trailers or campers!

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Re: Mountain passes - bicycle free?

We went over the Nufenen last Monday. Cyclists weren't a really problem, they were fairly easy to get past (and respect to those on real bikes trying to get up there). What was much worse were the coaches, though one courteously stopped in a straighter section to let everyone past. They find it really difficult on the hairpins and all but come to a standstill.
Didn't meet any caravans or campers (fortunately).
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