The GoldTour is a great challenge. Start and finish are as usual in Andermatt. During the crossing of the Furka, Nufenen, Lukmanier and Oberalp Pass, you climb almost 5,000 metres in altitude with your bike. After four passes and a last descent from the Oberalp Pass, an incomparable feeling of happiness awaits you at the finish.
provisional route map
Clicked into the pedals in Andermatt, the ascent to the first pass of the Goldtour already follows. From Realp, you conquer 891 meters of altitude with your bike before you reach the Furka pass at 2’429 m.a.s.l. Similar to the Grimsel Pass, the Furka Pass has been crossed by international travellers since the 13th century. Even the Romans already used it for their journey to the south. So you are heading towards the canton of Valais on a historic route. By the way, today’s road was completed in 1866. Once you reach the top, a technical descent into the valley follows before the ascent to the Nufenen Pass awaits you.
2,429 meters above sea level
Before you venture up the ascent to the Nufenen Pass, you should be sure that you have strengthened yourself sufficiently at our refreshment point. Now the hardest ascent of the Goldtour follows for most particapants. On a 13-kilometre-long road you climb 1,119 metres in altitude before you can enjoy the view of the Valais at 2,478 metres above sea level. This climb offers an average gradient of 8.6% – not for the faint-hearted! In contrast to the medieval pass crossing on the Grimsel, the pass road over the Nufenen was not opened until 1964. At the top you should not forget the Pass-Selfie. Afterwards there is a long (60 km!) descent via Airolo to Biasca!
2,478 meters above sea level
During the 60 km long descent you hopefully could recover sufficiently. Now follows the somewhat easier ascent to the Lukmanier Pass (1’915 m.a.s.l.). Hang in there, the finish in Andermatt is already within reach. The average 4 percent ascent and 1’613 meters of altitude difference are spread over 40 kilometers. After the penultimate intermediate goal, the rapid descent to Disentis follows before the Oberalp Pass is to be climbed.
1,915 meters above sea level
Almost there! The Oberalp Pass is the last hurdle of the Goldtour. After the last refreshment post in Disentis you have to grit your teeth one last time. With an average gradient of 4.4 percent, the ascent here is also on the more pleasant side. The Oberalp Pass lies at 2,044 m.a.s.l. and then leads to the finish in Andermatt on a 10-kilometre descent. Finished – great!
2,044 meters above sea level