Description : The immediate Jungfrau Region is not known as a road cycling destination. However, it is home to what may be Europe’s best pass, the Grosse Scheidegg. Not only does the road pass directy beneath walls towering 1700 meters above, or has views of cascading glaciers, or even that it passes next to the famous Eiger Nordwand – what is one of the biggest selling points is… it is closed to cars and only a few meters wide. You’ll see all the views on the pass, but for the occasional farmer or PostAuto Bus, you won’t see or, or better still, hear motorbikes. This one is for the cyclists, and they come from all over to experience the whole package.
If started in Interlaken, and ridden clockwise, a long flat section provides the perfect warmup prior to the steep early sections of the pass. Then, from the pass itself, a long descent awaits before a bit of flat to roll back into Interlaken. It’s truly perfection….
Start : Interlaken / Finish : Interlaken
Distance : 80km
Vertical : ~1500 meters
Effort : Medium
Dan’s Tip : While tempting to look heroic on Strava, you’ll regret not stopping for the views of what is certainly one of the most stunning road rides in the world. At the very least, sit in the sun for a few minutes on the Grosse Scheidegg pass itself and soak in what you are amongst.
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