[ blog » 2020 ] Cycling the Alps, August 2020 (by Philipp Gesang, location: A Train to Geneva)

After a summer plagued by Covid-19 uncertainty regarding travel restrictions I decided to go for something of a smaller scope than I had planned originally, and in closer proximity to home to facilitate an emergency bailout. After all if things were to escalate again, from France and Switzerland I could easily get home inside of a day by hopping on the next train.

Thus I threw together a list of climbs in the Alps I always wanted to do, plotted a course, synchronized it with the queen stage of the Tour de l’Ain in lieu of the Tour de France stage I wanted to spectate at the Aigoual, and just went for it. One big climb per day sounds like a reasonable effort, right? I guess I’ll find out soon.

Table of Contents

  1. 2020-08-23 Epilogue
  2. 2020-08-21 d14: Feldkirch to Tübingen
  3. 2020-08-20 d13: Brunnen to Feldkirch
  4. 2020-08-19 d12: Bern to Brunnen
  5. 2020-08-18 d11: Oberwald to Bern – Grimselpass
  6. 2020-08-17 d10: Furkapass
  7. 2020-08-16 d09: Saillon to Oberwald – The upper Rhone
  8. 2020-08-15 d08: Arvier to Saillon – Col du Grand-Saint-Bernard
  9. 2020-08-14 d07: Bessans to Arvier – Col de l’Iseran and Col du Petit-Saint-Bernard
  10. 2020-08-13 d06: Chianocco to Bessans – Col du Mont Cénis
  11. 2020-08-12 d05: Les Alberts to Chianocco – Col de Montgenèvre
  12. 2020-08-11 d04: Saint-Michel to Les Alberts – Col du Galibier
  13. 2020-08-10 d03: Culoz to Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne
  14. 2020-08-09 d02: Le Grand Colombier
  15. 2020-08-08 d01: Geneva to Culoz