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Stage 1 Gravel Bike Route Anterior Rhine: Chur – Ilanz

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The gravel tour through the Surselva to Disentis-Sedrun and the Maighelshütte promises not only an exciting journey of discovery, but also a journey through the largest Romansh-speaking area of Graubünden to the source of the Rhine.
moderate
49.9 km
4:48 h
1,249 m
1,006 m
Your journey starts in Chur (593 m above sea level) and ride the bike path along the Rhine to Reichenau where the Anterior and Posterior Rhine merge. On secondary roads, you’ll ride along the cycle route no. 3 to Bonaduz. Here, you’ll reach a spectacular road, which takes you through the Ruinaulta.  Due to its 300 meter high rock walls and rock formations, the Rheinschlucht (Rhine gorge) is called “Little Swiss Canyon". A fantastic panoramic road also belongs to it. Take a little rest to enjoy one of the most varied landscapes in the Alps. Over the bridge at the end of the first short descent, you’ll reach a short ascent with splendid hairpin bends leading you to Versam (909 m above sea level). Once you get to the village entrance turn in direction of Safiental and follow the MTB route no. 157 "Calörtsch". Via Arezen, you’ll get on natural roads through forests and meadows to the Maiensässen at Calörtsch (1,401m above sea level). You’ll be able to enjoy a particularly impressive panoramic view of the Flimser Stein. Following the MTB route, you’ll reach a short forest path through the Calörtscherwald (1,580m above sea level) and get back onto a road that takes you to the idyllic village of Brün. On the fast descent from Brün onto the main road (910m above sea level), you’ll get back to cycle route 3, which you follow in the direction of Valendas. Valendas delights not only with countless well-preserved manors, but also with the largest wooden fountain in Europe. From here follow the cycle route to Ilanz (699m above sea level), the first city on the Rhine.

Stage

Overall route: Chur  – Chur

Stage 1: Chur – Ilanz

Stage 2: Ilanz – Lag Pigniu – Brigels

Stage 3: Brigels – RhB – Lai Tuma – Disentis

Stage 4: Disentis – Obersaxen

Stage 5: Obersaxen – Alp Nova – Ilanz

Stage 6: Ilanz – Flimserwald – Chur

 

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Author
Antonella Klee
Updated: October 30, 2018
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
1,581 m
Lowest point
559 m
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Start

Chur (560 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'757'707E 1'192'103N
DD
46.861349, 9.507080
DMS
46°51'40.9"N 9°30'25.5"E
UTM
32T 538650 5189881
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Destination

Ilanz

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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'757'707E 1'192'103N
DD
46.861349, 9.507080
DMS
46°51'40.9"N 9°30'25.5"E
UTM
32T 538650 5189881
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
49.9 km
Duration
4:48 h
Ascent
1,249 m
Descent
1,006 m

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