The Platintour is the toughest challenge at this year’s Alpenbrevet. Start and finish are as usual in Andermatt. During the crossing of Susten, Grimsel, Nufenen, Lukmanier and Oberalp Pass you will climb almost 7’000 meters of altitude with your bike.
provisional route map
From Wassen (930 m.a.s.l.) you cross the notorious Sustenpass (2’224 m.a.s.l.) on the way to Innertkirchen. There you climb the first 1’300 meters of altitude difference. The pass road, built during the Second World War, has an average gradient of 7.3% over a length of 18 kilometres. The maximum gradient is 9%. You will be rewarded with a 28-kilometre descent. During this descent you should relax and prepare for the Grimsel Pass.
2,224 meters above sea level
After a first refreshment point you will head towards the Grimsel Pass (2’164 m.a.s.l.). On a 26-kilometre-long ascent and an average gradient of 5.9%, you cycle towards your second summit. The climb to the Grimsel Pass has a long history. The Pass has been a highly frequented link to the south since the 14th century. Here, on the Grimselpass, the Aare, a river that flows into the sea via the Rhine, has its source. Once at the top, a technical descent follows before you have to conquer the highest Swiss pass road.
2,164 meters above sea level
Before you ride up the ascent to the Nufenen Pass, you should be sure that you have strengthened yourself sufficiently at our refreshment area. Now the hardest ascent of the Platintour 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 conquered.
1,915 meters above sea level
Almost there! The Oberalp Pass is the last hurdle of the Platintour. 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 – respect!
2,044 meters above sea level