The Albulapass is popular among cyclists for good reasons.
The road is quite narrow and apparently less appealing
to rushing car and motorcycle drivers
than many other passes in Switzerland.
Exciting is the track of the
Rhaetian Railway between Bergün and Preda,
which gains elevation by making circles and parts thereof
through tunnels and valleys.
Several times the road passes under arches of railway viaducts
and at other places tracks on different levels are simultaneously visible.
The very diverse ride begins where the road from Thusis to the Albulapass
crosses a stream (Landwasser),
a little over a kilometer before Filisur.
The first five kilometers are easy (mostly 2-3%)
but these are immediately followed by the first steep section
(two kilometers with a slope between 8 and 11%).
After this section one may recover
before, in and after Bergün (1-3%).
This is followed by the section
that will make railway fans enthusiastic.
Here the road is steep again (three kilometers with a slope between 9 and 10%)
but this section turns abruptly
into an easy passage (3-5%) shortly before and in Preda.
There are still seven kilometers
and more than 500 elevation meters left to the pass
over a road with a gradient that often measures 8%.
In the first part after Preda the surrounding area is still wooded but quite open
and a lake lies on the right hand side of the road.
I found this the most beautiful part of the trip.
The last two kilometers of the ride are characterised by
extensive fields of large boulders.