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Road cycling in Graubünden is all about the challenging climbs – rewarded by scintillating descents. If you want to test yourself on some of the best high-altitude routes in the Alps, you’ve come to the right place, as there are more than 60 challenging road climbs in the canton.

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Classic climbs

Passo Bernina

Distance: 36km Ascent: 1,887m Difficulty: difficult

This route starts just over the Italian border in Tirano. After a steepish start, there’s a flatter section for about 8km, before a sharp climb, a short descent at 19km and a short sharp climb at 22km, followed by a long steady uphill to the top of the pass.

Chur to Arosa

Distance: 31.4km Ascent: 1,146m Difficulty: moderate

The Arosa climb starts steeply and eases up for a longer mid-section before a even steeper finish. This scenic climb featured in the 2012 Tour of Switzerland.

Passo Flüela

Distance: 13km Ascent: 829m Difficulty: moderate

Start from Davos and follow the route of a steady climb featured in the 2011 Tour of Switzerland. You can also make this climb a bit tougher by starting in Susch, adding an extra 130m of vertical over the same distance!

Alp Anarosa

Distance: 15km Ascent: 1,403m Difficulty: difficult

Some strenuous climbing from the start in Zillis and an overall average gradient of 9.3% makes this a challenge for strong legs. Your reward: a glorious descent near the finish! 

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