CyclingUp: Furkapass-west

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Region: Switzerland
Climbing effort: 766 points
Elevation meters: 1063
Steepest kilometer: 10.3%

Steepest 250 m: 12%
Foot: 1368 m    Top: 2431 m
Mean slope: 6.5%
Length: 16.3 km

From: Oberwald
Road conditions (2010): good
Other race bikers: 1-5 per hour
Motor vehicles: 30-60 per hour
Scenerie and road: (3/5)
Restaurant or bar near top: yes



Follows road number 19 from Oberwald in the Rhone valley up the height of the Furkapass. From a touristic point of vue, this is an interesting ride. From the location called Belvédère paying visitors can walk to the remnants of the Rhone glacier. In the middle of the 19th century this glacier was much longer and ended near the hotel in Gletsch. Much of the climb is moderately steep (6-7%) but there is a steeper part between kilometer 4 and 6 (8-9%). The steepest kilometer of all (10,3%) is found after some 13 kilometers cycling in the middle of a section with eight hairpin bends, just before the Belvédère. Traffic density is average.

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