Not content with completing the final day of the 'Swiss Roll' route a couple of weeks ago, James has now tackled the Klausenpass in Switzerland - at 1952 metres it's actually higher than Mont Ventoux, which I've cycled a couple of times, once with James.
I'll hand over to James:
|At the top - and visible from space in that tshirt...|
After an abortive attempt last year I finally hauled myself up the Klausenpass on August 7th.
It was a 70-mile route with 9,908 feet of climbing. Last time I made the mistake of cycling from home. I was already worn out, and it was late in the day, when I reached the actual mountain. I just didn't have enough energy, or time, to complete the ride.
This time I took the train to Glarus. From there it was 10 pretty easy miles to the base of the climb. I took the touring bike, rather than the Trek racer, first because I've just done 600 miles on it and second I thought I'd need all the gears!
Number of cyclists I overtook: none. Number of cyclists who overtook me: quite a few.
But who cares? It was a great day - the weather was perfect too - and what a view!
|Perfect mountain scenery|
Here's the route:
The Klausenpass was/is famous for the 'Klausenrennen' - motor racing hill climbs. They must have been nutters, given the gradients and precipitous drops...
|Hope the brakes work|
I'd love to start working my way through some of the other passes here in Switzerland - there's hardly a shortage. But I suspect the more likely outcome will be for the bike to go back into storage and for me to succumb to the lure of computer games again...