Overview

A guidebook to nine cycling tours for road and touring bikes, based on Switzerland's national cycle routes. Not only does Switzerland hold many of Europe's highest mountains, glaciers and azure lakes but there is also a wonderful 3300km national Swiss cycling network. Between 1998 and 2006 40 million CHF was invested in cycle routes, planning and signposting. The design philosophy is to guide cyclists onto quiet roads and cycleways (unpaved), and the signing means you don't have...
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Cycle Touring in Switzerland

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Overview

A guidebook to nine cycling tours for road and touring bikes, based on Switzerland's national cycle routes. Not only does Switzerland hold many of Europe's highest mountains, glaciers and azure lakes but there is also a wonderful 3300km national Swiss cycling network. Between 1998 and 2006 40 million CHF was invested in cycle routes, planning and signposting. The design philosophy is to guide cyclists onto quiet roads and cycleways (unpaved), and the signing means you don't have to spend the whole time looking at maps or a GPS!
This book is aimed at experienced cyclists who wish to go to Switzerland to test themselves and their bikes, and new cyclists who would like to ride amid exhilarating scenery, but without much sweat and certainly no tears.
The nine national routes are described, followed by a series of tours radiating from Interlaken and finally in the Alpine Star, a trio of tours for the very fit.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849657273
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press
  • Publication date: 11/19/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 24 MB
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Meet the Author

Judith and Neil Forsyth are both Lancastrians and learned to cycle at an early age. Their trusty bicycles were much used, until they stopped cycling in their 20s.

Judith worked as a teacher in Manchester for 20 years before moving to Germany to marry Neil. He had left Britain some years earlier to work for a German engineering company. He was reintroduced to cycling by a group of colleagues who had formed a weekend touring club. When he wrote to Judith that he was planning a cycling weekend, she was perplexed... in 1980's Britain cycling for pleasure was difficult to imagine. Once in Germany she too, learned the delights of continental cycling. Together they explored much of southern Germany, eastern France and Switzerland by bicycle. They gained a reputation for British eccentricity with their neighbours when they cycled over the Alps from Heidelberg to Brissago on Lago Maggiore. This was further reinforced by Alpine cycling on Brompton folding bikes. They are both very fond of Switzerland, especially its superbly laid out and signposted cycle routes. Chance late-career moves into technical editing gave them enough courage to try to write a guide book. They published six guides about Germany and Switzerland under the Bergstrasse Bike Books imprint.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction
An overview of the routes
How to use this guide
Staying Alive: Safety and route finding
Getting there and getting about
Money
What to take
Landscape
Weather
Accommodation
Food and drink
Notes on the tables
The Routes
1 The Rhne Route, R1
2 The Rhein Route, based on R2
3 The North-South Route, based on R3
4 The Alpine Panorama Route, R4
5 The Mittelland Route, R5
6 An Engadine Circuit, and beyond, based on R6
7 The Jura Route, R7
8 The Aare Route, based on R8
9 The Lakes Route, R9
10 The Berner Oberland
11 The Alpine Star

Appendix 1 Useful websites and information sources
Appendix 2 Recommended accommodation
Appendix 3 Glossary of cycling terms
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