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Old 02-02-10, 07:52 PM   #1
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Route from Zurich to Como?

I am strongly considering Italy for 2010.

It looks like Zurich might be a cheaper option than Milan (my favorite). Can I assume I would be in for a few killer climbs from Zurich to Como? What is the easiest route (if one actually exists ) ?
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I haven't done it but I am sure others have. The route is #3 http://map.veloland.ch/?lang=en&route=3 You may be able to find what you are looking for here.
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There's a guy here on the forum named Ken Roberts who has posted numerous ride reports in Switzerland and the Italian Alps. See if he's got any advice. He often posts in the Regional/Europe section.
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I am strongly considering Italy for 2010.

It looks like Zurich might be a cheaper option than Milan (my favorite). Can I assume I would be in for a few killer climbs from Zurich to Como? What is the easiest route (if one actually exists ) ?
This is very close to Swiss National Route #3, which goes from Basel (west of Zurich ) to Chiasso (close to Como on the Swiss side). You can read about the route and see the height profile here.

The hardest part is the Gotthardpass, but you can skip that and take the train from Goschenen (or earlier) to Airolo. From Airolo to Biasca is one of my favourite routes. It's 40km downhill with the most spectacular views.
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You can cycle over the Splugen pass which I found to be quiet and very scenic in 2005. But you will need to make a right when you reach lake Como and just follow the shoreline.
The only thing to worry about its the descent, it's steep with many unlit tunnels but its a quiet road. Just need to do it slow.
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The hardest part is the Gotthardpass, but you can skip that and take the train from Goschenen (or earlier) to Airolo. From Airolo to Biasca is one of my favourite routes. It's 40km downhill with the most spectacular views.
I biked from Zurich to Como via the Gotthard Pass in 2004. It was a pretty ride, although I found the pass itself extremely challenging. Aside from a few kilometres of plateau about half way to the top, it is uphill all the way. Unless you are in top physical form and have a light load, count on two full days of climbing.

(I pushed too hard, lost the ability to climb, and in the end, spent five or six days resting in Bellinzona in southern Switzerland. The muscles in my legs simply gave out. If I were to do this trip again, I would take three or four days for the climb.)

In general, car traffic along the route was light. Traffic was somewhat intense as I neared Como. There are several tunnels on the Gotthard pass, so bright lights and a reflective vest are good things to have.

If you have the legs, check out the delicious mountain roads between Airolo and Biasca. After passing Airolo, head north into the hills, and follow the network of bucolic roads that parallel Route 2. Ahh!!!!
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