The canton of Bern turns into a cycling paradise each summer with a host of competitions for all ages. These range from fun-filled events to rides on which you will work up a real sweat.
From the Emmental to the Bernese Oberland there is a route to suit every keen cyclist. Here you can live out your passion on two wheels – in both summer and winter.
Eiger Bike Challenge
From 22 to 88 km and from 1,000 to 3,900 altitude metres: this year’s challenge now, for the first time, lets you cover 33 km on an e-mountain bike. The choice is yours, so take up the challenge that suits you best and participate on 11 / 12 August. But be warned - you’re sure to sweat buckets! eigerbike.ch
The 40th Swiss Cycling Alpenbrevet starts on 25 August 2018 with 4 tours to choose from. The silver, gold and platinum tours start and end in Andermatt and traverse a section of the Bernese Alps while the bronze tour from Meiringen to Andermatt commences in the canton of Bern. This tour takes you over the Grimsel and Furka passes before ending up in the Uri mountain village of Andermatt. A special feature of this bronze tour is that time measurement can be dispensed with.alpenbrevet
The Bergkönig Gstaad is Switzerland’s festival for vintage bicycles. Here you can indulge your passion for aged steel, enjoy superb views of one of the world’s most beautiful Alpine landscapes, sample delicious handmade products made by local cheesemakers, mountain farmers and craftsmen, and witness elegant performances put on in the delightful chalet village of Gstaad... Experience the unique atmosphere for yourself from 25 to 26 August. bergkoenig-gstaad.com
Cyclocross world cup Bern
This is a major milestone for Swiss cyclocross. Now, after eight years, the prestigious cyclocross world cup will be returning to Switzerland. On Sunday, 21 October 2018, the world's top cycling crossers will be meeting at Bern’s Weyermannhaus open-air swimming pool. worldcupbern.ch (German)
Snow Bike Festival Gstaad
Next year, from 24 to 27 January, there will be a quite spectacular event held in Gstaad. The Snow Bike Festival is, in fact, the world’s first mountain bike race on snow. Given the slippery surface, an action-packed spectacle is guaranteed. snowbikefestival.com
Tour de Bern
The Tour de Bern is open to all – everyone from amateur cyclists to the international elite. The tour includes a choice of two routes of varying lengths in the Bernese Seeland. Even children and companies can take part along the route they choose.The Tour de Bern will not be held in 2018. berner-rundfahrt.ch (German)