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Tremola Pass, Switzerland

Postby Derek-Dex-French » 22 Sep 2014, 13:03

At the Pan Gathering in Switzerland this month all of the ride-outs were spectacular. This is Switzerland after all! One member Richard Ellis has posted some video of the Tremola Pass during the Pan Gathering 2014 which you might like to see. From a photo (taken by me on that very day before we started the descent) you might think this must be a GREAT biking road. Check-out the video to see why it might not be....
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcQwyPUn2dk
The heads of Angela and I can be briefly glimpsed following behind (mine black helmet and Angela white helmet) on a couple of the corners.
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Re: Tremola Pass, Switzerland

Postby Derek-Dex-French » 22 Sep 2014, 13:13

Two days before I rode over the Susten Pass and there had been a dump of snow 24 hours earlier. Here is a picture from the car park. The air was cool, but not really cold, and the roads were generally very good with only occasional areas of water from melting snow. That day I rode across The Susten, Furka and Grimsel passes and back to the hotel all within 3 hours and despite some roadwork delays. Great place to ride a bike when the weather is good.
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Re: Tremola Pass, Switzerland

Postby Derek-Dex-French » 22 Sep 2014, 13:19

Last picture from Nufenen Pass coffee stop on one of the run-outs. Coffee break at 8,200 feet put us above the cloud layer by quite a margin. Again, spectacular scenery and enjoyable riding that day.
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The gentleman in the picture was our guide for the day. I think he may have been about 70. He did not hang about. Any cars were cleared in a moment leaving the rest of us to catch-up! Good fun.
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Re: Tremola Pass, Switzerland

Postby BB08 MCN » 22 Sep 2014, 14:53

Brings back memories, ooh, ooh, ooh aaaah, oooh.
The Val Tremola is the road down through the Tremola valley, known as the Tremola pass, it is also classed as the 'original' St Gottard pass, 'THE cobble stoned one.
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Re: Tremola Pass, Switzerland

Postby alans1100 » 22 Sep 2014, 15:46

Thanks Derek, nothing like Tremola Pass in Australia.

Our South Australian road safety experts would have field day installing safety barriers. They're getting paranoid as any drop beside the road that exceeds 1 metre (so it seems) gets a safety barrier. Heaven for forbid if we crossed the centre line even if there was no traffic for a 1000kms.

I watched the "road to hell" clip following this one and personally I would take the freeway unless there was no other choice even though over here we'd be on the LH side going up.

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Re: Tremola Pass, Switzerland

Postby Derek-Dex-French » 22 Sep 2014, 15:51

Hi Alan. The road the other side of the valley is the new Gotthard pass road which has easier inclines and broad wide tarmac corners for coaches, etc. The Tremola used to take horses and carts!
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Re: Tremola Pass, Switzerland

Postby alans1100 » 22 Sep 2014, 16:25

Derek-Dex-French wrote:Hi Alan. The road the other side of the valley is the new Gotthard pass road which has easier inclines and broad wide tarmac corners for coaches, etc. The Tremola used to take horses and carts!


I realised that when I watched the clip about the Gotthard pass road ride going up after Tremola Pass so I edited my post but I wasn't quick enough.....lol

I noticed the road works in this one.......over here they would close one lane to keep cars away from the workers and have traffic control in place.
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Re: Tremola Pass, Switzerland

Postby Pieter Huizinga » 22 Sep 2014, 17:24

Did you actually see the scenery? Or was this just a bunch of middle-aged men racing each other to decide who has the biggest one? :mrgreen:
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Re: Tremola Pass, Switzerland

Postby Derek-Dex-French » 22 Sep 2014, 18:47

There is of course absolutely no contest as to has the biggest one. So we were all able to relax and enjoy the scenery.
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Re: Tremola Pass, Switzerland

Postby Uncle Phil » 22 Sep 2014, 21:14

BB08 MCN wrote:Brings back memories, ooh, ooh, ooh aaaah, oooh.
The Val Tremola is the road down through the Tremola valley, known as the Tremola pass, it is also classed as the 'original' St Gottard pass, 'THE cobble stoned one.
Uncle Phil, do you remember this one?
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http://www.myswitzerland.com/en-gb/the- ... urves.html
http://www.wanderland.ch/en/services/pl ... -0602.html

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