Best bit: Super-fast descent to finish
Worst bit: Cobbled climb of the Gotthard
The Granfondo San Gottardo is set in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland and takes you over three classic cols: the Saint Gotthard, Furka and Nufenen.
Each col has its own character, the most interesting of which is the beautiful cobbled sections and hairpin turns of the 19km Saint Gotthard. The relatively easy five per cent average gradient is made more challenging by the uneven surface.
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The second climb, the Col de la Furka, starts immediately after the descent of the Gotthard, and 16km of climbing takes you to a height of 2,429m through a varied landscape of pasture before becoming more barren towards the top.
By the time you start the final climb of the Nufenen your legs are already feeling it, which is unfortunate as this is the highest of the lot! The dramatic view at 2,478m is good compensation for the effort and the descent is even greater reward.
With very little flat between climbs there is no boring, sloggy sections, making this an exciting ride and it has some of the fastest descents I have ever ridden. On the final descent to the finish the wind rush was so great it was lifting up the edges of my contact lenses!
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The 2013 event is on Sunday July 28. If you want to prepare yourself and experience a range of Swiss riding www.brevet.cc still have spaces for a six-day holiday including entry to the Granfondo.