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Cycling in Verbier – All You Need to Know
26th June 2018
It’s not only warmer here in Verbier during the summer months, what we do changes, too. Unsurprisingly, when it’s cold skiing and snowboarding is the focus; why wouldn’t it be with the mountains we have. However, when it’s warm we like to do other things such as hiking, paragliding, biking, canyoning, and swimming! As the months for these activities is now, we’re going to be running a succession of articles where we advise on these activities. Hopefully, we can ensure you have the best time possible and perhaps tempt you come! If these activities don’t, surely our rentals will.
Although perhaps not the best selling point, cycling in Verbier is tremendously fun. There are many tracks for you to indulge in; some challenging, some less so. In fact, due to sheer richness of routes we have in this country, cycling is actually one of Switzerland’s most popular activities.
Cycling in Verbier
For some, it may be best advised to get some training in prior to cycling in Verbier. We’re not saying you need to be ready to ride the tour-de-France or be worried about the process at all, simply that you need to be able to tackle a good bike-riding session – at least 3 or 4 hours, say. Here are the main things you’ll need to know if you want to have the bike riding session possible within Verbier.
Cycling Routes | Cycling Difficulty
You can find this information whilst at your accommodation, however, if you’re the type that likes to have every day planned to the tee, then we’ll allow you to do that!
A great way to plan your routes is with website BikeMap. There, you can find routes listed by users – each one illustrating the path taken, the altitude tackled, and the descent enjoyed. With these three pieces of information you can find the right route suited to you, however, most do enjoy difficulty rankings so here’s our say:
A long ride which you need to be trained to be able to tackle, The Grand Raid route posted by user, Raphael Clerici. Throughout this route, you will tackle a gradience of 4,830m over a distance of 128km. A tough one, for sure. You have to train to be up for this one, but many of you are so we thought we’d promote it.
A much more relaxed choice, the Above Verbier route posted by Bikemap user, Will. Above Verbier only endures a 34 km distance, tackling a 1,260m ascent throughout. This route is a particularly beautiful one, too.
Distinctly Unversed Bike-Riders
You just want to rent a bike there and set out. That’s fine. We’ve got a route for you, no training nor struggle involved. Published by Bikemap user Domenic, this route is a leisurely 16km. It starts with a descent, too, meaning you can slowly get yourself geared up for the hill at the end.
Renting Bikes / Bring Your Own Bike
It’s a rather laborious process to bring a bike of your own away with you. As such, many will prefer to rent whilst here, an easy thing to do in comparison.
On Your Person
As you’d assume for a bike ride, we firstly advise bringing water – depending on what route you opt for, you’re going to need it. Secondly, sun cream; you don’t want to burn, do you? Snacks, too! You need that energy. Of course, a mobile phone just so you can stay in contact. We recommend a repair kit, also. And money for that end of ride beer!
Chalet Apartment Rentals
Here at Chalet Apartment Rentals, we like to think that we are arguably Verbier’s best-value apartment rental service. We try to provide you with an authentic experience, one that is often not possible with hotels. Through expert knowledge and savvy recommendations, you’ll soon feel as if you’re a local here yourself. It’s an experience most love. Give us a call to get started on your next great adventure.