Cycling Balmberg Welschenrohr

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Balmberg - Welschenrohr

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 13.8 %

Length: 2.89 km

Altitude start: 680 m

Altitude top: 1078 m

Ascent: 398 m

Balmberg rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 2290 (all)
Ranking Switzerland: 214 (all)
Ranking Alps: 832(all)
Difficulty score: 86.08 what?

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The Balmberg is situated in Solothurn. This climb belongs to the Alps. Starting from Welschenrohr, the Balmberg ascent is 2.89 km long. Over this distance, you climb 398 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 13.8 %.

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Stories, information and comments from Balmberg climbers
Story by Dave from Fribourg, Switzerland, submitted on 22/08/2016
I descended this (the northern side) after climbing the much more reasonable southern side (from Solothurn). It really was _incredibly_ steep. As Chris said, this is one of the hardest paved climbs you could find, I''d say as hard as the Muro Di Sormano. Combine this in a loop from Solothurn up over the Weissenstein and you have 33km with over 1300m of climbing!
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Story by Chris Patient from Zermatt, Switzerland, submitted on 26/01/2015
I climbed the Balmberg by bike as part of a loop from Solothurn up the Weissenstein and then across and up over the Balmberg going steep and steepest. I reckon these are the two steepest official paved road passes in Switzerland! No kidding.

this time I took a mountain bike with slicks and plenty of gears and while it was slower it was considerably easier on the extremely steep gradient. The Balmberg is consistently steep and the road is narrow but with a good surface. The only time I had to get off my bike was when a car came down and I had to move out of the way. My back tyre lost traction and I was off. Starting again on such a steep gradient was no easy matter but somehow I managed. Boy was I glad to see the top.
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Story by basso from , , submitted on 05/05/2007
this is like climbing a stair with your bike! its not nice but afterwards you feel great,yeah!! try it & good luck

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