The Haute Route is actually a famous ski tour from Chamonix to Zermatt. The idea being to take the highest route possible from A to B. We are going to do this on a mountain bike,
from Verbier to Brig. Always staying just below the glaciers. All in all, we are going to climb 10000 vertical meters
and I fear we will have to carry our bikes for most of that. Considering this is supposed to be a bike tour,
it’s quite silly. What about your level of fitness?
Are you optimistic? During the races, I was fine.
I don’t know how I will hold up under continuous effort… It’ll be fine. You can always suffer your way to the top. I think it takes years to build the core fitness you need for a trip like this. If it’s enough…we will see. This is an elevation gain of 4500 feet. It means “The Highest Route”. As we left Verbier we started out on a Suone trail.
This is a sort of specialty here in Valais. Valais is very dry, very arid
and is riddled with century old irrigation canals. Normally accompanied by small trails
that are great for riding. This is going to be nice.
– Yes, nice and exhausting. We are now on Col de Riedmatten at 9576 ft
and then we go down to Arolla To our final destination of the day;
a hot chocolate. Tomorrow, we plan to cross two passes. Meidpass, which is supposed to be really beautiful,
and then Augstbordpass. That one, with more than 6500 feet of descent,
is one of the longest the Swiss Alps has to offer. We have the first pass of the day behind us,
but we still have to climb the second pass which is a little higher than the first, this afternoon. Hello!
– Where are you going? Over Augstbordpass and down to Stalden. – And that is rideable?
We hope so. That’s it. The highest point. This is the last pass of the trip. Now it’s only downhill.
Awesome feeling. Brig should not be far now.
Every now and then you can see the Rhone valley down there. It’s unbelievable how long this trail is…