You get this feeling a lot when riding in Switzerland. Each road has its own story to tell, and each is urging you to write your own on it. Not literally of course – although some still bear the graffitied hallmarks of the Tour de Suisse – but figuratively, with the country’s endless flow of quiet, silky smooth roads just asking to be ridden.
We went to Switzerland in search of the country’s best cycling roads and certainly weren’t disappointed with the results. Our journey took us to the cantons of Lucerne, Bern, Valais and Vaud, and each was unique in what it offered to cyclists. The variety of terrain was simply stunning – from rolling countryside and multiple mountain passes, to a relaxed lakeside ride through Mediterranean-like vineyards – and, with just a day in each location, it really felt like we only scratched the surface of this cycling paradise.
As can be expected of Switzerland, the infrastructure was as fantastic as the riding, with each hotel geared up to welcome cyclists. Throw in some brilliant weather and it’s amazing the country isn’t the European cycling destination of choice. Move over cheese, chocolate and clocks – there’s another ‘c’ that Switzerland deserves to be famous for.