Switzerland cycle route 5 & Eurovelo route 5

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Switzerland cycle route 5 & Eurovelo route 5

Postby Aikon » Sat Jun 07, 2014 9:24 pm

I'm cycling back to the UK from Friedrichshafen in late August and am looking at riding across Switzerland on their National route 5 to Basel then heading north alongside the Rhine on Eurovelo route 5 via Luxembourg, has anyone ridden any of this & got any advice or tips? I'll be on the road bike I did JOGLE on last year so the odd bit of light trail is ok but I'm keen not to get properly off-road!
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Re: Switzerland cycle route 5 & Eurovelo route 5

Postby foxyrider » Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:19 am

Its certainly all road bikeable - some nice places en route - i did it in 3 fairly easy days.

You have two options for car ferry across the lake, Konstanz and the actual Friedrichshafen ferry but you can also take a bike on most of the passenger ferries.

Are you camping or B&B?
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Re: Switzerland cycle route 5 & Eurovelo route 5

Postby Aikon » Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:50 pm

Ah good to hear, I'll be using b&b's along the way, I shall probably book ahead but am quite tempted to just ride each day & see where I end up. Day 2 from Zurich to Strasbourg looks tough on paper at 143 miles along the Rhine but the elevation is largely downhill so probably achievable. Then I'd have roughly a century every day back to the channel & figure out how I get home from there.
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Re: Switzerland cycle route 5 & Eurovelo route 5

Postby foxyrider » Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:41 pm

I think i'd miss going to Zurich if i could and just follow the Rhein - the ride across to Zurich from Bodensee is fairly lumpy and especially if you want a high mileage up to Strasbourg i'd avoid the directish Zurich - Basel bit - there's even a minor but still significant pass on that bit! :roll:

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Re: Switzerland cycle route 5 & Eurovelo route 5

Postby Aikon » Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:32 pm

Cheers for the tip, I've got a friend at Nurensberg I'll be visiting but that's as close to Zurich as I'll go, I'll check the elevations carefully!

I am off to the show, I'll be working there from Monday to Friday then cycling back to the UK instead of helping pack the stand away!
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Re: Switzerland cycle route 5 & Eurovelo route 5

Postby Aikon » Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:32 pm

That's me all packed ready for the flight to Zurich tomorrow, bike is waiting for me in Friedrichshafen on the work truck. All the touring kit is packed into a seatbag & barbag ready for setting off for home Friday afternoon, route is Friedrichshafen>Zurich>Mulhouse>Nancy>Reims>Montreuil-sur-Brêche>Dieppe, ferry to Newhaven, ride to Brighton, train to Bedford then an hour ride home!

Routes are roughly planned in the Garmin but I've dissected an old paper road map to take along as I rarely follow the pre-planned route to the letter.
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Re: Switzerland cycle route 5 & Eurovelo route 5

Postby Aikon » Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:55 pm

That's me on the ferry to Switzerland, just 42 miles to do before dinner at my friends in Nurensdorf.
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Re: Switzerland cycle route 5 & Eurovelo route 5

Postby Aikon » Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:25 pm

Well I made it, my first solo tour, 560 miles across Germany, Switzerland and France, longest day was 130 miles sandwiched between a 118 & a 97, just 70 to Dieppe today made for a pleasant lunch and afternoon, just waiting to board the ferry back to Blighty.
Bike performed faultlessly, no pu****res, no mechanicals & everything went to plan. Well apart from Garmins usual trick of sending me down unpaved roads despite that option being set to avoid! I always carry a paper map to be sure.
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Re: Switzerland cycle route 5 & Eurovelo route 5

Postby Aikon » Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:26 pm

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Re: Switzerland cycle route 5 & Eurovelo route 5

Postby Aikon » Thu Oct 02, 2014 5:45 pm

My blog ramblings on this tour for anyone that fancies a read: http://rodewarrior.wordpress.com/2014/1 ... september/
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