Cycling Ibergeregg Rickenbach

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Ibergeregg - Rickenbach

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Average grade: 8.5 %

Length: 9.7 km

Altitude start: 586 m

Altitude top: 1406 m

Ascent: 820 m

Ibergeregg rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 1595 (all)
Ranking Switzerland: 168 (all)
Ranking Alps: 591(all)
Difficulty score: 100.07 what?

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The Ibergeregg is situated in Schwyz. This climb belongs to the Alps. Starting from Rickenbach, the Ibergeregg ascent is 9.7 km long. Over this distance, you climb 820 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 8.5 %.

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Story by Anthony Mowers from , Switzerland, submitted on 26/10/2013
I''ve ridden this pass many times. There is an alternative route I like to do sometimes through the little village of Illgau which can be reached from the Muotathal road. What I like about this version is the climb up to Illgau has a nice view and you can pause at the village to look over the valley from the top of cliff. After continuing through the village you follow narrow paved roads which have almost no traffic all along while still providing very nice views. It meets up somewhere above the middle of the main version of the climb. This version does have some challenging steep sections, and does lengthen the climb however I think it''s worth it if you are looking for a nice variation on the main climb.
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Story by Julien Mollinier from Zurich, Switzerland, submitted on 05/09/2013
I climbed this pass maybe 10 times. I find it tough each time I stupidly decide to climb it regardless of my condition. It will not leave you unscathed.

First it starts before rickenbach. It starts in Schwyz (church)and totals 11.5kms. Just stick to one indicator to appreciate the difficulty: 8.5% average gradient. It tells a lot. Not so many passes feature such high gradients.

positive items: traffic is not heavy, road is well-paved and enjoyable (despite 3 cattle grids at the top that sometimes you can dodge though...), it flattens out twice which enables you to recover, great views from some hairpins (agree that the view from the top is not outstanding but from the restaurant's terrace it's not bad at all!), several fountains, can be combined with sattelegg or raten (aegeri - great scenery).

Negative items: structural headwind in the valley to einsielden, narrow road, irregular slope.

Good luck!

My best time: 55 min (from the church) i.e. circa 12km/h average speed.
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Story by Robert from Melbourne, Australia, submitted on 17/06/2012
I had the good fortune to do this climb on a day off while on a trip to Zurich for business.

Overall, I think this climb is slightly easier than the profile suggests, due to the excellent road surface. There is also intermittent shade on some of the steeper parts.

There is a fair bit of traffic on the road, but it is very respectful of cyclists (at least by my standards).

It''s still quite a tough climb, though, with some short sections up to 15% and extended patches over 10.

There are some great views on the way up, though the summit view itself is not that spectacular.

There is a small drinking establishment about 500 metres past the summit on the other side, which is a pleasant stop after a hard climb on a hot summer''s day!
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Story by Robert from Melbourne, Australia, submitted on 07/06/2012
I ended up doing this pass when I missed my train to Altdorf and the foot of the Klausenpass. It''s obviously not nearly as high, but this is a solid challenge and features some lovely Alpine scenery. There are sustained sections above 10%, and a couple of sections about 2 km from the top which stretch to 15% or so. But there''s nothing Mortirolo-silly.

The road is, as the previous poster mentioned, narrow and fairly heavily trafficked. The view from the top is not great, but I can recommend the little bar/pub about 300 metres from the other side of the summit.

The descent is fast, but watch for the cattle grids.
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Story by Chris Patient from Zermatt, Switzerland, submitted on 19/10/2011
The Ibergeregg pass from Schwyz starts right outside the backpackers Hirschen where I was staying. It''s signposted Ibergeregg and Rickenbach. After a huge hostel breakfast buffet I set off at a bright an early hour and immediately encountered a very steep gradient up to Rickenbach which did not agree very well with my breakfast. However I persevered and managed a steady pace all the way up the pass. It is a farming area and also a small ski area in winter.The road is narrow but generally with a good surface. I passed a mountain biker on the way who said that there were good trails there aswell. At the top I had a coffee in the restaurant there and then enjoyed the fast descent to Stocken and the Sihlsee.
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