The loop we rode on a warm summer day starts in Thun, on the shores of the Thunersee, one of 7000 lakes in Switzerland. On the way to the Grosse Scheidegg, Dan took us up to a spot only known by the locals, the Beatenberg. A lesser known climb, it offers fantastic views on the Thunersee and the Bernese Alps. A decent warm up for Swiss standards. Back down in Interlaken, we stopped for coffee before riding along lake number 2: the Brienzersee. Its amazing turquoise and emerald colours are attributed to glacial particles and it is one of my favorite places for a relaxed ride. Because Switzerland is not just about climbing mountains.
A few more kilometers on the flat and we arrived in Meiringen. The town was made famous by the Reichenbach Falls, where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional hero Sherlock Holmes dies – or does he? It was now time to start the Grosse Scheidegg. A sharp right turn onto a narrow road took us straight into the heart of the matter: the gradient rarely goes below 9% for the first 6 km, offering glimpses of glaciers and rocky peaks.