Cycling Gurnigel Rüti bei Riggisberg

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Gurnigel - Rüti bei Riggisberg

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 8 %

Length: 9.8 km

Height start: 823 m

Height top: 1609 m

Ascent: 786 m

Gurnigel rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 1685 (all)
Ranking Switzerland: 166 (all)
Ranking Alps: 630 (all)
Difficulty score: 94.93 what?

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The Gurnigel is situated in Bern and 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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