Suisse Gravel Explorer | Supported Gravel Cycling in the Swiss Alps

Suisse Gravel Explorer

Supported Gravel Cycling in the Swiss Alps

– 2020 event deferred due to covid19

 

NEW DATES: 16 – 20 SEPTEMBER 2021

ENTRIES OPEN SOON!

 


179km | 5568m | 3 stages | Switzerland | Difficulty 5/5

 

The next HotChillee gravel cycling adventure takes us to the Swiss Canton of Graubünden, where the Rhine begins its course and where we will be based to explore the lesser known trails through the Alps.  This is a challenging multi day event over mixed terrain in the most beautiful setting with a mixture of silky smooth tarmac, lots of gravel and even wooded forest trails. The stages are short but packed full of mountain ascents so we’ve rated this one a 5/5 difficulty!

After spending the day on the breathtaking trails, you’ll return to some incredibly unique accommodation, including the Disentis Monastery. All riders have their own room (single occupancy) so you’ll have plenty of time to relax before dinner.

Suited to gravel/adventure and mountain bikes with gearing to cope with steep (up to 18 %) off road sectors. SPD shoes with MTB style soles to enable walking if required over rough ground.

We will need to be self sufficient for large sections of the ride and each rider will need to carry spares and tools necessary to deal with punctures and mechanicals. We will have a dedicated support vehicle and mechanic to deal with more technical issues but there are large parts of the route impassable by car.

Places will be limited to 30 entrants supported by a local guide and HotChillee Ride Captains.

Super Early Bird

(first 10 places)

HotChillee CC Members €1388.65

Non-members €1543.50

-SOLD OUT-


Early Bird

(next 10 places)

HotChillee CC members €1466.32

Non-members €1629.25


Standard Entry

HotChillee CC members €1543.50

Non-members €1715

All entry options can be paid in full or by a deposit followed by monthly instalment plan.

  • 4 nights accommodation in a single room
  • All meals (from Thursday dinner to Monday breakfast)
  • Baggage and bike box forwarding from Disentis to Ilanz
  • GPX files
  • Dedicated mechanic and technical support
  • HotChillee Ride Captain support
  • Massage therapists at event hotels
  • Digital photo coverage
  • Event t-shirt
  • Finishers medal
  • Celebration dinner

WHAT’S NOT:

  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Airport Transfers.  A HotChillee representative will meet you at the airport and guide you to the relevant train

ADDITIONAL PURCHASES:

  • Bike Transport €125 – We’ll transfer your fully built bike to and from the event. Bike drop off/ Pick up from Imber Court, Esher.

There are many benefits from entering a multi-day cycling experience for your company and its employees. whether it’s as part of a reward scheme, health and wellbeing programme, team bonding experience or an opportunity to host clients we can put together a bespoke package for you. Previous LONDON-PARIS participants include corporate decision makers from a variety of industries including banking, technology, finance, law and media.

For corporate enquiries please email [email protected]

You must be 18 years or older on 24th September 2020 to enter. 

The event is not technical but as there is a lot of climbing involved you will need a good level of fitness. If you are in doubt as to your fitness then we recommend you have a medical check-up before registering.

The nearest and recommended airport is Zurich. We then suggest taking a train from Zurich to Disentis, these run regularly throughout the day and cost around. £35.  The journey is smooth and takes in some beautiful scenery including Lake Zurich.  Journey approx 2hrs 30mins. You will be met at the airport by a HotChillee representative who can assist re your onward train journey.

For the return journey, trains from Ilanz run regularly to Zurich and tickets cost around £35.  Journey time approx. 2 hours.

Bicycles can be transported on trains or you can opt to purchase the Bike Transport option if travelling to/from the UK.

We'd recommend a gravel/ adventure bike with lots of gears, some of the climbs have a max gradient of 18%! 36/42 would be perfect. HotChillee Ride Captains will be riding the Specialized Diverge.

You can also join us on a Mountain Bike if you would prefer.

You'll need SPD shoes with MTB style soles to enable walking if required over rough ground.

Yes! We ask that all riders take out travel insurance

Our preferred insurance partners, One Pro Insurance Solutions offer flexible cover and protection for you and your cycling lifestyle. Their mix and match bike and accessories policy means you only buy the cover that you need, whether that’s for one bike or five! Choose from a selection of optional additional covers such as public liability, legal expenses or personal accident. Created by cyclists for cyclists, getting a policy is quick and easy online. Find out more here.

With over 300 members worldwide, exclusive discounts and offers from our partners and sponsors, priority access and discounts on all HotChillee events and a FREE HotChillee CC Jersey included in your membership, HotChillee CC is more than your average cycling club.

 

Find out more and join HotChillee CC here.

HotChillee CC have plenty of rides throughout the year to keep you motivated, both on the road and off it! You can find our calendar here, rides for the following month are usually posted two weeks in advance. HotChillee CC members have 48hr priority entry but you don't have to be a member to join the rides if you're signed up to an event.

Our coaching partners Njinga Cycling also offer all HotChillee events participants a 5% discount on all of their services including indoor classes, benchmark testing, pedal technique coaching, off bike conditioning and more! Find out more here or contact [email protected] for more information.

 

tour info

Itinerary
  • Thursday 16th

    Arrival day!
    Rider briefing (pre dinner)

  • Friday 17th

    Stage 1: Disentis - Disentis
    52km / 1566m (total ascent)

  • Saturday 18th

    Stage 2: Disentis - Ilanz
    69km / 1946m (total ascent)

  • Sunday 19th

    Stage 3: Ilanz - Ilanz
    58km / 2061m (total ascent)

  • Monday 20th

    Home time!

Choose how you ride
Race

Contest for a leader's jersey or category award.

Ride

Enjoy the fully supported experience with less of an emphasis on racing.

Conquer!

Focus on completing the course in a fully supported environment.

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