Great training destinations: Swiss made
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Here at Human Race we love to swim, bike and run and when we’re not organising events, we’re planning activity holidays that indulge our passion of swimming, cycling and running. Collectively, the Human Race crew have spent many a holiday trying out different destinations and whether you’re looking for a challenging bike course, interesting running routes and trails or beautiful lake and river swim locations, we’ve found that Switzerland has it all.
With frequent flights from across the UK that take less than 2 hours, a network of marked cycling and mountain biking routes as well as a fantastic transport system waiting for you in Switzerland, why not check it out for your next holiday?
For more information about events and where to swim, bike, run or do all 3 in Switzerland, take a look at the Switzerland site.
Challenging Alpine passes, hairpin bends, high-speed downhill, lakeside routes: Switzerland has magnificent routes to spur on riders at every level. Find a selection of top routes on MySwitzerland.com/roadcycling
To Sky Highway – 20 May 2017, Innertkirchen
Get the Susten Pass all to yourself! Ride from Innertkirchen up to the pass before roads open to vehicles. The individual time trial starts at Innertkirchen and ends at the top of the Susten Pass. You’ll conquer 1,606m of climbing all in 28km.
Granfondo San Gottardo – 23 July 2017, Ambrì
A cycling race for everyone. The route crosses three passes: the Gotthard, Furka and Nufenen. Participants can choose from three options: a short 42km route, a medium 57km route including one Alpine pass and a long 110km route that climbs three passes with an altitude of 2,900m.
Cycling and Valais Wine Day – 1 August 2017, Sion
A great day of fun, cycling and wine. With a choice of 4 routes from 37km to 130km, the event is suitable for all levels and with 1 August being Swiss National Day, you’re guaranteed a festival atmosphere!
Alpenbrevet – 26 August 2017, Meiringen
Hairpin bends, breathtaking views and fantastic downhill sections make the four Alpenbrevet routes an unforgettable experience. Each tour has some great highlights, whether it’s the Furka Pass on the Silver Tour, the cobbled Tremola road on the world-famous Gotthard Pass on the Gold Tour, or a touch of the south as you cycle past palm trees in Ticino on the Platinum Tour.
TORTOUR Ultracycling – 17 – 20 August 2017
1000 km non-stop
The TORTOUR Ultracycling, the biggest non-stop ultra-cycling event in the world, will take place for the ninth time from 17 to 20 August 2017. Cycling day and night, the non-stop race crosses several Alpine passes around the whole of Switzerland. Participants can ride solo or in teams, with a choice between three race formats of 1,000 km, 550 km or 370 km. Click here for more information.
Bergkönig Gstaad, 26-27 August 2017, Gstaad
Bergkönig is the first Swiss Vintage Cycling Festival. It’s open for classic bicycles up to 1986, to be ridden in period clothing. You can choose from several tours: from the heroic 103km Bergkönig loop with 2,400m of ascent, down to shorter tours. Every route allows for stops at farms with local products and beautiful views.
From altitude training to challenging cycling routes, Switzerland has it all and with no less than 1,484 crystal-clear lakes, it is the perfect setting for open water swimming and triathlon. The pros regularly train in Switzerland so follow their lead and take your triathlon training, quite literally, to the next level.
Inferno Triathlon is one of the most impressive endurance Events in Switzerland, taking place in August. With its ascent of 5500 metres, it’s one of the toughest triathlons in the world. The unforgettable encounter with nature in the incomparable Alpine world of the Bernese Oberland and the easy-going atmosphere make the Inferno a most remarkable and scenic challenge.
Engadin Swimrun is the first swimrun race outside of Scandinavia, taking place in July in the beautiful Engadin valley in the heart of the Swiss Alps.
Lake Lucerne Crossing Event is a unique concept in the region! Taking place in August, it’s a fantastic swim across the lake of Lucerne covering a distance of 1.1km, from Strandbad Lido across to Tribschen.
Enjoy the fresh air and the spectacular scenery on every run. Whether you’re going for an enjoyable run along one of the lakes or a challenging trail in the mountains, you’ll be amazed by the scenic surroundings. Be inspired by our selection of some of the most stunning running events in Switzerland including some tough trail runs. Visit MySwitzerland.com/running to find out more.
Running along the Great Alestch Glacier – photo ©Switzerland Tourism
Grand Prix Bern
Every May in the capital city, the biggest running event in Switzerland takes participants along the “10 most beautiful miles in the world”.
In June, this challenging mountain run along the Aletsch Glacier bridges a difference in height of 1050m, with a start at 1950m above sea level.
Vogellisi Mountain Run
13,4km and 824 of vertical distance, this scenic route leads from Adelboden up to Silleren. The run is the perfect preparation for the Jungfraumarathon and takes place in mid July.
The Jungfrau Marathon with its climb of 1,839m is one of the most scenic in the world. It takes place in September each year.
Swiss City Marathon Lucerne
Every year in October, the Swiss City Marathon course takesrunners along Lake Lucerne, through the KKL Luzern and the Old Town to the finish line at the Swiss Museum of Transport.
The Swiss Irontrail in Davos has developed into the most beautiful ultra-trail in the trail-running scene due to its unique landscape. Every year mid-August.
Trail Verbier Saint Bernard
This main Swiss Alps trail will take you through the best viewpoints of the area, with a cumulative positive drop of 27,600 ft. Early July.
Eiger Ultra Trail
The unique trail running experience with an amazing setting in front of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. 101km of pure beauty. Every July.
Matterhorn Ultraks Trail takes place in August in one of the most beautiful high mountain locations featuring the Matterhorn, the most photographed mountain in the world, as a backdrop during the whole run. With four different courses, 16km, 30km, 46km everyone gets to make the most of the mountain, regardless of ability and level of preparation.
The Sierre-Zinal, 31 km in length, with 2000 m ascent and 800 m descent, is one of the world’s oldest running mountain race. Mid-August.
This marathon stretches from St Niklaus (1116m) to Riffelberg (2582m). The course covers 42,195 metres and climbs over 1,900 metres. But this gruelling run is rewarded by the breathtaking panorama! Early July.
Pump tracks, flow trails and bike parks get pulses racing all over Switzerland. For thrill seekers, nothing beats hurtling downhill on 4,500km of marked mountain bike trails in the country’s wildest reaches. Besides an exhilarating challenge, every track rewards bikers with breathtaking views.
A biker can become seriously addicted by the number and variety of single trails. And, the excellent public transport system allows bikers to load their bikes onto a train or a bus that takes them directly to remote valleys. Visit MySwitzerland.com/mtb for more information.
Mountain biking in Graubünden – photo ©Switzerland Tourism
The resort of Lenzerheide in Graubünden host part of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup every year in July and will host the World Championships in 2018.
PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC – 11 to 16 September 2017
A mountain bike adventure amidst Swiss mountain scenery
PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC is a six-day mountain bike stage race in the Valais, Switzerland. The fourth edition will take place from 11 to 16 September 2017. The race consists of a prologue and five stages and welcomes both professional and ambitious amateur athletes to ride from Grächen to Zermatt via Leukerbad in teams of two. If a mountain bike adventure along flowing trails against a backdrop of stunning alpine scenery appeals to you, click here for more information!
Tortour Cyclocross – 10 to 12 February 2017
TORTOUR Cyclocross is the first multi-day cyclocross gravel stage race in the world and takes place for the second time from 10-12 February 2017. Participants must overcome a 180 km route with approximately 2500 metres of ascent across demanding terrain – all in challenging winter conditions, divided into a prologue and two long stages with start and finish in Glattfelden, Zurich.
Engadin Bike Giro – 30 June to 2 July 2017
New in 2016, the Engadin Bike Giro is a 3-day mountain bike race with approximately 5500 meters of climbing.
Check out www.swiss.com for your flights to Switzerland!