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The two giants of Davos : Albula and Flüela


 

Davos is a dream destination nestled at an altitude of 1'560m

Words: Mathieu Pellouchoud



The Davos region has everything you would expect from a tourist resort: a 6km long mountain lake, mythical cols and an ideal starting point for a trip to the glaciers on the Bernina Express. 

Davos has a highly international atmosphere and at the same time offers a typical Swiss postcard landscape. This atmosphere can only enhance the beauty of this region and you will not be disappointed.

As a cyclist, Davos is an ideal starting camp. Perched at 1560m above sea level, making it the highest town in the Alps, it is close to many must-do climbs. If the altitude and cols appeal to you, don't wait any longer to book your stay here.

The course is not yet determined, but it is nevertheless possible to marvel through this article at the two giants that are the Albula and the Flüela.


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"The Albula: Jan Ullrich totally cracked on this hard climb and lost the Tour de Suisse 2020"



The Albula 

The Albula is the seventh highest road pass in Switzerland at an altitude of 2'315m. Any cyclist who likes to climb can't help but be attracted by this Swiss giant.

The Albula was part of the course of the 2000 Tour de Suisse and Jan Ullrich lost all his chances to win the general classification when he totally cracked on this endless climb. Despite an average gradient of 4.7%, the Albula is indeed a big and very long challenge. From Tiefencastel, you have to be ready to climb 30.8km and to face some parts at more than 10%. 

In the shadow of some Swiss monuments like the Nufenen, the Furka or the Great St. Bernard, the Albula remains a Swiss pass not to be missed.



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"The Flüela is a challenge not to be missed"




The Flüela 


If the Albula is already a cyclist's dream, what about the Flüela pass? With its 2'383m of altitude, this climb takes you to the roof of Switzerland. 

Whether you choose to climb from Davos or from Susch, you will be confronted with exactly the same challenge with numbers that make you breathless: no less than 13km at an average gradient of 10% await you to reach the summit of the 5th highest road pass in Switzerland! 

But rest assured, the breathtaking scenery, the incredible view and the proximity to the eternal snow that the Flüela offers more than compensate for the energy and suffering necessary for its demanding ascent. A small mountain lake awaits you, nestled at the top of the pass, as a final reward. There is no doubt, the Flüela is a challenge not to be missed!

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Haute Route Davos 2022

With all these qualities, the Haute Route couldn't wait any longer to make you discover this little piece of paradise. Davos is a newcomer to our 2022 calendar with a 3 day race through this natural beauty. We still have to select the cols you will climb but there is no doubt that the route will be spectacular. 

This region has cols that are internationally less famous than those of the Alps, the Pyrenees or the Dolomites, but it brings together everything we want to offer you: reaching new heights in a fantastic natural scenery!

If you are interested in the Swiss adventure, our event page will give you more information. Registration opens on October 14, 2021!


 

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