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Simplon Pass - Briga

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Average grade: 6.6 %

Length: 20 km

Altitude start: 689 m

Altitude top: 2005 m

Ascent: 1316 m

Simplon Pass rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 683 (all)
Ranking Switzerland: 62 (all)
Ranking Alps: 228 (all)
Difficulty score: 129.84 what?

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The Simplon Pass is situated in Valais. This climb belongs to the Alps. Starting from Briga, the Simplon Pass ascent is 20 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1316 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 6.6 %.

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Story by Andee from Birmingham, United Kingdom, submitted on 10/07/2012
Generally it would a reasonably easy rumble up.I, however caught it at 4 in the afternoon with some 34 degrees heat burning my retinas and it was an utter, utter furnace.And to be honest it pales in comparison to the passes further up.Nufenen/Grimsel etc have sections of pure cycling joy where this felt like purely a motorists road and not a cyclists.
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Story by Martin from , UK, submitted on 24/08/2007
Did this following the Leman-Adriatique Randonee route, on which this is the first serious climb, getting to over 2000m. Shortly after Brig there is a fork giving two options. Left (blue) takes you up the main road. This is less steep, but longer and with traffic/tunnels. Right (white) is, for me, the preferred option. It takes you on a quiet road through a forest with some nice 10% sections to keep you busy. Taking this option you will rejoin the main road and head for the restaurant at the top through a series of avalaunche tunnels. There is a bridge on the way, with major roadworks going on 2007, hopefully finished soon.
Story by nick arrow from , UK, submitted on 14/08/2006
I climbed the simnplon in late may 2006 - my first 1000m+ climb, on an oldish hybrid bike with quite full panniers. im not very fit or very young, and it was a nice steady even climb all the way from Brig. 1300m+ of climbing took about five hours, hardly a single gear change in that time! Light traffic. theres a restaurant at about 1600m, and above that height it was snowing - quite hard at the top. mostly not a problem as much of the road is in galleries, in which i found it easier and more pleasant to walk. the ride would probably be better done a bit later in the year.

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