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Gravelbike Stage 2

Stage 2 Gravel Bike Route Anterior Rhine: Ilanz – Lag Pigniu – Brigels

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  • Aussicht von Ruschein
    / Aussicht von Ruschein
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  • / Stausee Lag da Pigniu
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  • / Wasserfälle in Pigniu
    Photo: tolisart.com, Graubünden Ferien
  • / Kirche in Waltensburg
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  • / Action auf der Route
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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
31.9 km
4:11 h
1,395 m
821 m
From Ilanz (699m above sea level) the journey takes you on a paved road with a crisp ascent to Ruschein (1,166m above sea level). The view from Ruschein over Ilanz to Valsertal is the first highlight of the route. In Ruschein, you’ll reach the Graubünden bike route no. 90 and traverse to Siat. Steep ascents alternate with relaxing flat sections. In Siat, some of the fountains are a welcome opportunity to fill up your bottles. The view of the Obersaxen plateau lets you forget your sore legs for a while. Until Darpagaus (1,494m above sea level), the road ascents, before you’ll reach the side valley "Val da Pigniu" on a fast descent.

The ascent towards Pigniu and up to the reservoir Lag da Pigniu (1,447m above sea level) is easy to master. The rock wall with impressive waterfalls at the very back of the lake is so impressive that the detour to the very end of the gravel road is definitely worthwhile. The route only folows the road for a short while before you turn right on the MTB route 90. On the other side of the river, you’ll first get onto a dirt road, and then followed by a short interlude through woods and meadows to Andiast. From Andiast you follow the main road to Waltensburg (1,003m above sea level) for short stretch. The church in Waltensburg has an inspiring interior with fantastic paintings and is certainly worth a stop.

 A gravel road with a panoramic view and an impressive rock tunnel will take you to Brigels (1,290m above sea level).

Stages

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
1,495 m
Lowest point
697 m
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Start

Ilanz (698 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'734'684E 1'181'857N
DD
46.774272, 9.202203
DMS
46°46'27.4"N 9°12'07.9"E
UTM
32T 515437 5180100
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Destination

Brigels

Note

Wildlife refuge Grotta: Access prohibited throughout the year
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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'734'684E 1'181'857N
DD
46.774272, 9.202203
DMS
46°46'27.4"N 9°12'07.9"E
UTM
32T 515437 5180100
w3w 
///ratty.teach.alarmed
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Andrew Terker
September 24, 2019 · Community
Wow! So beautiful! Make sure you have VERY low gearing for this route. Standard gravel gearing is very limited. The ascents are STEEP.
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Completed this Route on September 21, 2019

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
31.9 km
Duration
4:11 h
Ascent
1,395 m
Descent
821 m

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