Although this is an unprecedented tour for most, it is nonetheless extremely beautiful and featuring two main climbs it takes place entirely in Swiss territory.
We start and finish in Zernez, 30 km from Livigno, which we will reach with our own transport or with a shuttle service.
A short 6 km stretch of flat land to reach the village of Susch and then straight into the climb towards the Flüela Pass. This 13 km climb is quite easy to pedal, the first part with gradients of 8% while the central part becomes a little steeper, reaching 10%. The last 2 km are the easiest, allowing us to catch our breath before reaching the summit of the Flüela Pass, at an altitude of 2383m.
A very enjoyable and easy descent takes us to Davos, a famous ski resort in the canton of Graubünden and often home to the World Economic Forum.
From here we continue through the long valley, with a few ups and downs in the final part, which will take us to Filisur. This is where we enter the Albula valley and begin the second (and toughest!) ascent of the day.
The climb offers spectacular scenery, as we enter a gorge carved out of the rock. The gradients remain constantly steep, with only one central, virtually flat stretch that crosses the village of Bergun, before becoming significantly steeper in the final section to reach the Albula Pass at an altitude of 2312m.
The descent back to the Engadin must be tackled with care, given the narrow road and the fatigue accumulated during the day. Once in La Punt, the last 20 km will be a gentle up and downhill that will bring us back to our starting point of Zernez.