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Valais Cycling Tour: Crans-Montana - Leukerbad (stage 2)

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From the peaks of Crans-Montana to the mountainous cirque of Leukerbad, the second stage of the Valais Cycling Tour takes you downhill to Sierre, the city of sunshine, and across the vineyards of Salgesch before finishing in the thermal resort of Leukerbad.
moderate
Distance 40.9 km
2:30 h
1,192 m
1,312 m
1,804 m
540 m
When leaving Crans-Montana, take the time to admire the numerous peaks above 4,000 metres during your 400m descent. After you dive into the Rhone Valley you will reach the town of Sierre before beginning the final ascent through the vineyards around the villages of Salqenen and Varen. A road carved into a rock face then takes you into the Dalatal Valley and climbs in regular increments to the town of Leukerbad, which is famous for its thermal pools.

Author’s recommendation

Take a moment to stop at Plumachit and admire the beautiful landscape!
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Hameau de Colombire, 1,804 m
Lowest point
Sierre, 540 m
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Rest Stop

Restaurant Mi-Côte

Safety information

Strictly 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).

Tips and hints

 More information: 

Start

Crans-Montana, place d'Ycoor (1,502 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'603'205E 1'128'995N
DD
46.312353, 7.480245
DMS
46°18'44.5"N 7°28'48.9"E
UTM
32T 382986 5129875
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Destination

Leukerbad

Turn-by-turn directions

From the centre of Crans-Montana, head east and climb towards Plumachit via Les Barzettes. Continue downhill towards Sierre, passing through the villages of Aminona, Mollens, Venthône and Veyras. From Sierre, carry on in the direction of Salgesch and take Varenstrasse on leaving the village. After crossing numerous vineyards, you will arrive in Varen. Once you reach the centre of the village, take Rumelingstrasse to Leukerbad, passing through the little villages of Rumeling and Inden along the way. As you arrive in Leukerbad, continue straight ahead at the roundabout to reach the village centre.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

You can reach the starting point in Crans-Montana by funicular, PostBus or bus from Sierre. You can find the funicular station by following the red markings on the ground from Sierre station.

Getting there

Leave the A9 motorway at the Sierre-Ouest exit, then follow the cantonal route via Chermignon until the “Centre Sportif la Moubra” in Crans-Montana.

Parking

This tour takes place over several stages and the starting and finishing points are in different locations. We therefore advise you to travel to the starting point by public transport. To do so, we recommend using the SBB car park in Sierre (Plaine Bellevue) or Leuk. Parking is also available in Crans-Montana. Please follow local parking instructions.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'603'205E 1'128'995N
DD
46.312353, 7.480245
DMS
46°18'44.5"N 7°28'48.9"E
UTM
32T 382986 5129875
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Crans-Montana has brochures and information material about road cycling in the region.

Brochures: 

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25,000: 1287 Sierre / 1268 Lötschental

Equipment

We 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)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • 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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Steve Morabito
July 26, 2017 · Community
Point de vue magnifique, première parte de la descente jusqu à Aminona à être attentif puis reste de la descente sur route en parfait état! Montée sur Leukerbad en paliers. Apres la balade plongez vous resources dans une des nombreuses piscine thermale! Et faite le plein d'énergie autour d'un bon plat!!!
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
40.9 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
1,192 m
Descent
1,312 m
Highest point
1,804 m
Lowest point
540 m
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