The Zermatt is situated in Valais
and belongs to the
Starting from Visp,
the Zermatt ascent is 36.7 km long. Over this distance, you climb 964 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 2.6 %.
Stories, information and comments from Zermatt climbers
Story by Chris Patient from Zermatt, Switzerland, submitted on 28/01/2012
This climb was my ride home for many years. I have cycled and biked it so many times that I am sick of it and I take the train whenever I can. If you are competitive,(like Greg above) you could try and race the train.Take care for it is a very busy road.There are three steep sections to the climb;the last of which is the dangerously narrow private road up from Tasch.
There are some key shortcuts which help. At Neubrücke (historic bridge) turn right to Stalden on the old road; then at St Nicklaus keep right through the town on a narrow road to Mattsand; then by the Randa landslide cross the railway tracks again so that you don't have to climb unnecessarily.
When you do reach Zermatt,approaching it through the ugly industrial parking area there is not much you can do with a roadbike,except to turn around and go back to Visp.(You are not even allowed to ride up the main street.)
Incidently if you are really fast you can more or less keep up with the train until St Niklaus but after that,unless you are a pro, you are going to get dusted.The train takes an hour and 13 mins and it is getting faster as they straighten out the lines. Several years back the Tour de Suisse came up the valley but stopped in Tasch with a sprint finish!
My personal climb rating:
Story by Greg from Santa Cruz, CA, United States, submitted on 07/02/2008
I have ridden this climb several times, and its very rewarding. Its not totally killer, but if youre time trialing it is more than enough to hurt. I did it in 1:37 minutes from the Visp Train Station to the Zermatt Train Station.