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Le Fou

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For some of us the biggest joy is not to rest, but to conquer the toughest tracks. For these people, the route "Le Fou" (the crazy) is ideal.

This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information

closed
difficult
Distance 171 km
11:45 h
4,219 m
4,211 m
1,727 m
799 m
The route starts in Gstaad and leads over small roads via Schönried and Saanenmöser to Zweisimmen. Here follows a 4 kilometer long ascent to the Eggi and a subsequent descent back to the bottom of the valley. After a short breather, another climb up to the legendary Jaunpass follows - accompanied by a beautiful panorama of the Bernese Alps and the Gastlosen. During the long descent towards Jaun, it is important to recover before tackling the next ascent from Abländschen to Mittelberg. Via the Grischbach valley, the route descends to Saanen. Here you follow the Saane on small roads and cross the whole Pays d'Enhaut.

In Montbovon it turns sharp left and climbs along the Hongrin up through pastures and past alps to the Hongrin reservoir. The rounding of the lake gives a short breather until it becomes really alpine: the challenging climb up the Col du Moëlle. Here it is worth enjoying the fantastic panoramic views on both sides before tackling the technically very demanding descent. Before arriving at the village of La Comballaz, the route turns off to the right along a charming route with short ramps and descents to Leysin. After passing through the village, we go on a fast descent to Le Sepey.

We cross Le Sepey and set off on a crisp climb to La Forclaz, a gorgeous little chalet village in the Leysin region.  After crossing the village, the route continues along the smallest of roads to the famous ski resort of Les Diablerets.

Here it is worthwhile to gather all remaining strength. Because now comes the steep ascent over 7km with an average gradient of 8% to Isenau - the steepest (short) passage here has no less than 21%! Once again, high alpine ambience and dreamlike views of the Diablerets massif entice you. Here it has several gravel sections, the longest is a little more than a kilometer.

Up in Isenau, the rough stuff is done, now it's time to let go, past the picturesque Lac Retaud down to the top of the Col de Pillon pass. Now we follow in Koblet's footsteps of the 1950 Tour de Suisse stage down the only substantial piece of main road of the loop to Gsteig, where our route leaves the main road again and leads via small roads alternating on both sides of the Saane back to the finish in Gstaad.

The route is part of the program of the Swiss Vintage Cycling Festival "Bergkönig". More information: https://www.bergkoenig.cc/index.html

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Destination Gstaad
Update: July 29, 2022
Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
1,727 m
Lowest point
799 m
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Track types

Asphalt 57.59%Dirt road 0.05%Forested/wild trail 0.80%Path 0.45%Road 41.09%
Asphalt
98.5 km
Dirt road
0.1 km
Forested/wild trail
1.4 km
Path
0.8 km
Road
70.3 km
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Tips and hints

More information about the racing bike routes in the Destination Gstaad:  www.gstaad.ch/en/summer/bike/roadbike-routes/

See also

Gstaad Saanenland Tourismus

Haus des Gastes

Promenade 41

3780 Gstaad

Tel: +41 (0)33 748 81 81

E-Mail: info@gstaad.ch

www.gstaad.ch

 

Start

Gstaad, railway station (1,043 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'588'198E 1'146'517N
DD
46.469878, 7.284979
DMS
46°28'11.6"N 7°17'05.9"E
UTM
32T 368331 5147685
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Destination

Gstaad, railway station

Turn-by-turn directions

Gstaad - Schönried - Saanenmöser - Zweisimmen - Boltigen - Jaunpass - Abländschen - Saanen - Rougemont - Château-d'Oex - Montbovon - Lac de l'Hongrin - Leysin - Les Diablerets -  Gsteig b. Gstaad - Gstaad

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Gstaad station

Getting there

The Destination Gstaad is located in the south-west of Switzerland right on the border to the French-speaking part of the country. The Destination is easily accessed by rail or car from the regions around Lake Thun and Lake Geneva and the Gruyere region Direct connections to the European high-speed rail network and all international airports in Switzerland guarantee a time-saving and pleasant journey.

More information on gstaad.ch: Travel & Public Transport.

Parking

Various parking spaces and car parks are available in Gstaad.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'588'198E 1'146'517N
DD
46.469878, 7.284979
DMS
46°28'11.6"N 7°17'05.9"E
UTM
32T 368331 5147685
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Racing bike, clothing and equipment appropriate to the weather, tool kit and first aid kit.

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Status
closed
Difficulty
difficult
Distance
171 km
Duration
11:45 h
Ascent
4,219 m
Descent
4,211 m
Highest point
1,727 m
Lowest point
799 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available

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