From beautiful hillside vineyards to forests and meadows basking in the sun. This first stage of the Valais Cycling Tour begins at Sion, the capital of Valais, and takes you through the mountain town of Anzère to the famous mountain resort of Crans-Montana.
Distance 59.1 km
In just a few pedal strokes, you are out of the city of Sion and into the vineyards along the Chemin du Vignoble. As you climb towards Mayens de la Zour, the landscape becomes more and more pristine. Take a moment to enjoy the view before diving into the village of Savièse. Throughout the descent and the climb to Arbaz and Anzère, let yourself be intoxicated by the smell of the mountain flowers and herbs, invaluable in the making of Ricola sweets. After this first stage, you will have accumulated 58.8km, with three ascensions totalling 2,300 metres of climbing.
Are you scheduling this stage on a Friday? If yes, take the opportunity to discover the old city of Sion during its weekly market. Local produce, homemade confections and sunny café terraces await!
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).
Tips and hints
Getting thereFrom the A9 autoroute, take Sion exit 26 or 27 and follow signs to centre-ville.
ParkingThis tour is one stage of the Valais Cycling tour where the finish is not at the same place as the starting point. Therefore, we recommend arriving by public transport. Otherwise there are parkings in Sion, use the free parking called Potences.
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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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