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Expert tips for cycling in the Swiss Alps

Switzerland Alps

The Alps are Europe’s highest and most extensive mountain range. Each year, they are visited by hikers and cyclists from all over the world. However, the part of the Alps that is most popular is the Swiss Alps. The Swiss Alps are located in Switzerland and comprise all of the Alps’ highest mountains.

Because it has the highest peaks in the range, Switzerland is by far the best place to go if you are interested in cycling. Some of the most beautiful cycling trails in the Alps are located there.

Here are a few expert tips for cycling in the Swiss Alps.

Arranging Accommodation

The first thing that you need to do if you are planning on cycling in the Alps is to sort out your accommodation. There are various resorts in the Swiss mountains for you to stay in. Make sure that you book a room in a large and comfortable hotel. The reason for this is that cycling the Alps can be exhausting. You need to have somewhere relaxing to return to at the end of each night. Also, by staying in the mountains, you won’t have to travel far to find cycle routes.

Strength Training

Much of the Alps are uphill, as you would expect from Europe’s tallest mountain range. If you are planning on cycling the Alps, then you should do some strength training and get some practice in before you go. Not training or practising could lead to you being unable to climb certain slopes and hills, which could in turn ruin your trip and limit where you can go. It is also important to invest in a high-quality bicycle, designed for climbing large inclines, but this will be covered in more detail at the end of this post.

Swiss Alps

Marked Routes

When cycling the Swiss Alps, you need to make sure that you follow marked routes. It’s very easy to get lost up there. Most cyclists just stick to the road, but this can be dangerous at times, especially if visibility is low and there are lots of cars on the road with you. If it is your first time in the Alps, then it is a good idea to find an area with a lot of isolated cycle routes. When you are on these routes, stick to them and follow the trails, rather than veering off and going down unmarked tracks.

Buying Equipment

Finally, you need to ensure that you have good equipment that’s designed for steep inclines. Make sure that your bicycle is suitable, and that it is in good condition. You should also ensure that you have proper clothing. It can get very cold up in the Alps. It is also a good idea to take a GPS map device with you so that if you lose the signal on your phone, you can still find your way back to your hotel. It is especially important to do this if you are following country routes, and not sticking to main roads.

Cycling the Swiss Alps is an incredible experience that every avid cyclist needs to have at least once in their life. However, before you set out, you need to prepare. Not preparing for a cycling trip to Europe’s largest mountain range can be dangerous for obvious reasons.