Friday 15 September 2023

Julier Pass x Splügen Pass x Maloja Pass

Our trip began with high hopes and clear skies as we eagerly pedalled towards our first destination: Julier Pass. This initial climb proved to be a pleasant warm-up, but it was the descent that stole our hearts with its long, straight stretches allowing us to reach fast speeds. 
The road to Thusis was less remarkable, characterized by nice tunnels but heavy traffic. However, the weather remained cooperative until we neared Andeer, where a gentle rain added a refreshing twist to our ride. 

The real magic began as we approached Splügen. The ascent brought challenging serpentines and a surge in traffic. After all, it was a Sunday. 

The weather shifted once more, and the heat increased... The descent from Splügen... It was nothing short of a cyclist's dream, with an astonishing number of sharp turns on an almost treacherously steep road. It was a descent for the books, making us appreciate our choice to explore this region on two wheels. 

Upon reaching Chiavenna, we decided to indulge in some well-deserved pizza before taking on the final climb to Maloja. Still, it was a very demanding ascent, one that left us parched and weary. 

The "last" meters to the summit of Maloja Pass felt never-ending, with traffic and narrow turns testing our nerves. Finally reaching the top was a relief moment. It was a day filled with challenges and exhilaration, a ride that pushed our limits to the max. 

Splügen Pass earns a solid 10 out of 10. The effort was absolutely worth it. I can't wait to take on this challenge again next year, but this time from Chavenna. If you're seeking a cycling adventure that's as tough as it is rewarding, look no further than Splügen Pass - from either side, it's simply amazing! 

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