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Race cycling Stage 5

Stage 5 Road cycling Route Source Region Rhine: Ilanz – Chur

Race cycling · Ilanz
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  • Ilanz die erste Stadt am Rhein
    / Ilanz die erste Stadt am Rhein
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  • / Gasthaus am Brunnen
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  • / Brücke in Versam
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  • / Strasse nach Bonaduz
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m 1500 1000 500 40 30 20 10 km Gasthaus am Brunnen Ilanzer Altstadt, Ilanz Holzbrunnen Valendas Rheinschlucht Chur
270 kilometers, two magnificent alpine passes, deep gorges,

spectacular landscapes and a ride through all three language regions of Graubünden await you.

moderate
Distance 47.3 km
3:18 h
1,143 m
1,289 m
 Shortly after Ilanz (699m above sea level), you’ll turn onto a small road to Sevgein and finally reach Riein (1,270m above sea level). The low-traffic and perfectly paved road ascends steeply at the beginning and soon you’ll leave the village of Sevgein behind you. From here, the street lights up its true magic. The road steadily ascends and the view of Valsertal is unique. Since Riein is a dead end for motorised vehicles, only a few cars can be found here.

 

After Riein, you’ll pass the ban on motorised vehicles and a narrow asphalt road leads you to Cuolm (1,550m above sea level) and Ober Dutjen. The idyllic landscape makes you forget all the hardships and the fast descent to Valendas (810m above sea level) with excellent views of the Rhine Valley is a pure reward. From Versam, a spectacular road leads through the Ruinaulta. The Rheinschucht (Rhine gorge), with its 300-meter high rock walls and rock formations also called "Little Swiss Canyon" ascends to Versam, before you are treated to a fast descent with fantastic hairpin bends. Over the bridge at the end of the descent, you’ll reach a short incline. You can anticipate rocky tunnels and a fantastic panoramic road. Take a little rest to enjoy the view of the gorge. The route will lead you to Bonaduz (662m above sea level) and Reichenau, where the Anterior and Posterior Rhine flow together and further back to Chur (593m above sea level).

 

Stages

Ouverall route: Chur – Chur

Stage 1: Chur – Splügen

Stage 2: Splügen – Biasca

Stage 3: Biasca – Disentis

Stage 4: Disentis – Ilanz

Stage 5: Ilanz – Chur

Author’s recommendation

Tip for tired legs: If you prefer to keep the cycling day short, but just as spectacular, skip the descent over Riein and Dutjen. Instead, follow the road from Ilanz directly through the Rheinschlucht (Rhine gorge). That will shorten the daily route to 34.3 kilometers and 249 altitude.
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Antonella Klee
Update: October 30, 2018
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
1,590 m
Lowest point
559 m
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Start

Ilanz (705 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'734'839E 1'181'799N
DD
46.773720, 9.204208
DMS
46°46'25.4"N 9°12'15.1"E
UTM
32T 515590 5180039
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Destination

Chur

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all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'734'839E 1'181'799N
DD
46.773720, 9.204208
DMS
46°46'25.4"N 9°12'15.1"E
UTM
32T 515590 5180039
w3w 
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Equipment

Basic Equipment for Road Cycling

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Cycling shoes
  • Padded shorts and jersey
  • Sunglasses

roadCyclingTechnical

  • Water bottle and cage
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
47.3 km
Duration
3:18 h
Ascent
1,143 m
Descent
1,289 m

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