Cycling Gurnigel Rüti bei Riggisberg

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Gurnigel - Rüti bei Riggisberg

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 8 %

Length: 9.8 km

Altitude start: 823 m

Altitude top: 1609 m

Ascent: 786 m

Gurnigel rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 1832 (all)
Ranking Switzerland: 182 (all)
Ranking Alps: 678(all)
Difficulty score: 94.93 what?

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The Gurnigel is situated in Bern. This climb belongs to the Alps. Starting from Rüti bei Riggisberg, the Gurnigel ascent is 9.8 km long. Over this distance, you climb 786 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 8 %.

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Story by Chris Patient from Zermatt, Switzerland, submitted on 22/10/2013
I finally climbed the Gurnigel pass by bike on a clear october day. It was the weekend and it was busy with too many motorbikes and the occasional Ferrari. Although not strictly an alpine pass the Gurnigel is nevertheless a classic swiss pass and a popular outing for people wanting to escape the low cloud and see the views of the Gantrisch.

I started from Riggisberg which allows for a good warm up before the climb proper starts at the crossroads of Rutti bei Riggisberg. The first few corners were steep and I battled to find my rhythm particularly as I had shifting problems. The tarmac was excellent and I wished I was going the other way. I almost stopped at the old hotel Gurnigelbad but pushed on through the forest to a sharp corner where the top Gurnigel Berghaus restaurant is located. The actual pass is a bit further on at a field with fantastic views. After a short break I continued on down a fantastic fast descent, albeit with a narrower and slightly bumpy road all the way down the Kalte Sense valley to Fribourg. A five star ride!
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Story by Dave from , Switzerland, submitted on 30/09/2013
This is the harder side to climb the Gurnigel, an Iconic climb in the Gantrisch region between Bern and Fribourg. It''s a fairly quiet road, mainly because it doesn''t really go anywhere particularly useful.

The first few hairpins are steep, then after a steady section comes the straight 10%+ ramp after Gurnigel Bad. After this you are into the forest and climbing more steadily all the way to the cafe at the top.
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Story by togglers from Carrick on Shannon, Ireland, submitted on 25/10/2012
Climbed the Gurnigel last Saturday. Weather was perfect with some wind. Tough climb but at no point did I feel I wouldn''t make it. Couple of very steep ramps on the way up. 16km bottom to top with a breathtaking view to reward the hard effort and a lovely restaurant to sip a java at the top.
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