This climb in the heart of the central Valais from Sierre to the Mayen de Colombire will take you first on a journey to discover the sunny slopes of the right bank of the Rhone before heading up towards Aminona then the Col de Crans-Montana where a panoramic view will take your breath away.
Distance 16.7 km
Starting from Sierre – the sunniest city in Switzerland – the road climbs in the typical vineyards of the Rhone Valley. You pass through the small villages of Veyras then Venthône before gradually slipping into an environment more mountainous. The grade is very steady, leaving little respite, and the several shaded sections of the climb are refreshing and gladly welcomed in the summer when the sun floods the mountainside. After the resort of Aminona, the itinerary heads to the right and the road becomes more narrow. The final stretch brings you to the Col de Crans-Montana located in an area called Mayen de Colombire, providing you with a fantastic view of the Weisshorn.
Visit the historical museaum at the "Hameau de Colombire" which is situated not far from the end of the tour in Aminona.
Safety informationStrictly respect the Swiss traffic rules. Please note that you are running the tour at your own risk and all liability is refused. Please be considerate to plants and animals. For your own safety, wear an helmet every time you ride a bike. Emergency numbers: 144 Ambulance / 117 Police / 1414 Helicopter Rescue (Rega).
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Getting thereFrom the A9 motorway from Lausanne or Sierre, take the Sierre Est (from Brig) or Sierre Ouest (from Lausanne) exit and access to the park + ride at the train station via Rue de la Plaine.
ParkingPark + Ride at Sierre train station. Please follow the local car park routeing in Sierre.
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EquipmentWe recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.
Basic Equipment for Bike Riding
- Cycling helmet
- Cycling gloves
- Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
Technical Equipment for Bike Riding
- Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
- Puncture repair kit
- Replacement inner tube
- Tire levers
- Chain tool
- Hex keys
- Phone / device holder as required
- Bike lock as required
- Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.
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