ST GOTTHARD PASS (Tremola Road)
46.5589° N, 8.5623° E
Every year thousands of cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers flock to pay homage to the Gotthard Pass, “The King of Passes “. Used since the middles ages linking Airolo and Uri the pass climbs up to 2016m above sea level using a spectacularly constructed road. The road you see however is the Tremola Pass, but is often considered/confused as the Gothard Pass, Switzerlands longest historical Monument.
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The Gotthard Pass or Tremola road was finished in 1827 and took 2600 people to build it. This photo shows the new road winding up away from Airolo, and for the first few KM the Tremola road follows this.
The gradient of the pass is consistent but when the road changes to the iconic cobble stones the going gets tougher. You get to enjoy arguably one of the most beautifully constructed roads in the world also.
In total there are 37 hairpins on the Gotthard pass, with then being broken down into three sections. This is the first section.
Incredibly well constructed hairpins. All by hand in the 1800’s.
The final section of hairpins. Tightly formed for the ascent and a slingshot for the descent
Looking down at the pass from above. Exceptionally beautiful.
GOTTHARD PASS SUMMIT
The Tremola Road leading to the St Gotthard Pass is unlike any other road we’ve experienced. It is a marvel of engineering, construction and set in exquisite surroundings. We dont rank climbs at Epic Cols but absolutely this is in our Top Five climbs in the world.
There really is nothing like it.
ST GOTTHARD PASS CYCLING CLIMB FAQ'S
The Gotthard Pass is only open from May to October and early/late season is not guaranteed.
The Gotthard Pass / Tremola Road closes between 6pm and 8AM.
The Gotthard Pass has 37 hairpin bends / 37 switchbacks
Make sure you get some Swiss food from one of the food stalls. All highly Calorific and delicious
Gotthard means divinely firm. Very appropriate for the cobbles and this road!
As a cyclist it is possible to pass at all times during the summer. If you would like to ride with no cars (it doesn't get too busy) then go early or later in the day.
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