Cycling Weissenstein Solothurn

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Weissenstein - Solothurn

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 9.5 %

Length: 8.8 km

Altitude start: 445 m

Altitude top: 1284 m

Ascent: 839 m

Weissenstein rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 1192 (all)
Ranking Switzerland: 128 (all)
Ranking Alps: 438(all)
Difficulty score: 110.63 what?

Weissenstein ratings

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The Weissenstein is situated in Solothurn. This climb belongs to the Alps. Starting from Solothurn, the Weissenstein ascent is 8.8 km long. Over this distance, you climb 839 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 9.5 %.

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Story by Daniel from Solothurn, Switzerland, submitted on 20/06/2016
The person who created this climb did not do justice to this climb.

Of course, starting the south side climb from Solothurn, several kilometers aways, it may be "only" 10%.

But actually starting in Oberdorf, where the Mountain actually begins, you have to bike most of the time between 10, mostly 14-15 up to 22 % (please read the reviews and please don''t get fooled by these 9.5%).

The backside (north side) with continous 10-14 up to 20 % is steep as well, of course. The only known steeper pass in the region is north side of Balmberg, in the eastern neighborhood, wit up to 25%. Enjoy!
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Story by Dave from Fribourg, Switzerland, submitted on 12/10/2015
Can be described as a ''challenge''. One of the hardest climbs I''ve ever done, definitely a step above a ''hors catagorie'' alpine climb, more like the sort of thing you''d see at the end of a Vuelta stage. After a steady first 2km warmup to the cable car base station the rest is a killer. Averaging well over 10% for the remaining 6km, with plenty of sustained stretches of >20%. Just one flat section of a couple of hundred meters to recover when you reach the cable car middle station.

I found I was getting my breath back on an ''easier'' section, looked at the Garmin and that was 17%! I had 36x27 gearing, which was a struggle (27x36 would have been more appropriate :)).

Not a climb that I think you''ll ''enjoy'' - unless you _really_ like pain. Did I mention there''s a cable car ...
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Story by Llagostera Torrent, Eudald from Barcelona, Spain, submitted on 06/03/2013
Climbed in august 2005. I suggest the tour: Solothurn-Weissenstein-Gansbrunnen-Weischenrohr-BalmbergPass-Gunsberg-Solothurn. 40km
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Story by zumstein from olothurn, Switzerland, submitted on 26/02/2013
der weissenstein ist ein harter berg.aber ,auf er ganzen strecke hat man gute ausicht. für anfäger ist der berg zu stark.die rückseite ist fast mit22% auch nicht flach. viel glück.
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Story by Chris Patient from Zermatt, Switzerland, submitted on 25/10/2011
Short and extremely steep is an understatement. It has to be the steepest pass in Switzerland. There is a sign at the bottom which actually says 22% ! Do not attempt it without a triple or at least a compact, or better still a mountain bike compact drive. I was stupid enough to do it on my faithful Rocky Mountain with 39/26 gearing and it was not enough. The only way I could climb as I struggled upward bent over and breathing heavily off the saddle was to zig zag from side to side across the road. Luckily it is a very quiet road,actually closed to traffic on weekends. To make matters worse for me, my chain kept slipping on my worn out cogs and my worn out cleats kept clipping out of my pedals so that I fell off the bike several times whilst trying to climb this pass. An embarrassing and painful experience. I passed a group of cyclists who had given up and were walking. Maybe I should have followed their example. Near the top there is junction with a farmhouse restaurant and a big hotel on a hill which must have a fantastic view, but I did not stop till I got to the top. The other side of the Weissenstein is only,(only) 15% and it was damp and slippery in the trees, but I think it would be better to climb from this side .
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Story by J. Ballard from Tenterden, United Kingdom, submitted on 10/11/2008
Short & extremely steep. A small road with little traffic; almost entirely through a forest, so cool in summer. A good view from the top to the alps. The north side can be damp & slippery.
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