Les Gorges Du Pichoux
It’s starting to become a traditional thing that I ride this loop during the spring. It’s decently long and at the end of the day one has almost climbed 3000 meters without even realizing it. A lot probably has to do with the ever changing scenery along the route. First the climb to the Croix du Ciel with an ever present companion standing tall to the south, the Chasseral. A little later one whizzes past the tall firs of the Franches-Montagnes on the way to Lajoux. After a fast descent into Glovelier one quickly finds itself climbing along the Sorne river into the Gorges du Pichoux. Breathtakingly stunning place. A wonderful road then turns left to Moutier. To avoid the busy shortcut to Court, I take a small mountain road to Champoz. Before tackling the tough climb to the Montoz, there’s a little time to spin the legs along the Birse river, again away from the main road on a paved trail that gently follows the calm river. Once I launch into the climb, the legs usually start showing signs of fatigue. Shifting a gear or two lower, I just make my way up one pedal stroke at a time. At the Obergrenchenberg the legs finally get to pause. Now it’s just a matter of keeping excellent concentration and a sharp eye on the road descending to Grenchen from where Biel isn’t far.
|Distance:||126.4 km (78.5 miles)|
|Elevation:||2’971 m (9’747 feet)|
|Speed (avg/max):||24.4/79.2 kph (15.2/49.2 mph)|