Cycling Tour 2005: Oberalp and Göscheneralpsee


Göschenertal seen from the Göscheneralpsee reservoir, towards Göschenen (hidden in the valley at the background)
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We had the feeling that a day of relative rest would help to recover from the Furka-Nufenen-Gotthard trip. In the morning we climbed and descended the west slope of the Oberalppass, an old but fully upgraded east-west connection between eastern and central Switzerland. Easy and therefore excellent to recuperate.
Our objective for the afternoon was cycling to the Göscheneralpsee, a storage reservoir at 1782 m at the end of the Göschenertal. The village of Göschenen is situated further down along the Gotthard road. Between Andermatt and Göschenen the road winds through a steep gorge. Cars and bikes have to share the fairly narrow road and hundreds of meters of avalanche galleries. Downhill, that is not really a problem cars are approximately as fast as (racing) bikes, but late afternoon uphill was rather unpleasant: a 10% slope, long and narrow galleries and heaps of cars, caravans and trucks.
There couldn't be a greater difference between the unhealthy galleries and the beauty of the Göschenertal. The climb to the Göscheneralpsee is an absolute must. None of the passroads was so peaceful and yet challenging as the road to the reservoir.

Click here for a gradient profile of the daytrip and detailed profiles of the individual climbs.

Navigation: Start page | Day 1-3: Schwarzwald | Day 4: Furka-Nufenen-Gotthard | Day 6: Susten-Grimsel-Furka | Finally | Map of Central Switzerland (appears in separate window).


Profiles and more images.

The gradient profiles of the trip on day 5 has been made by Ward Oud in Matlab, based on the read out of his Polar S720i
Note that the given heights are based on the Polar readout, which may differ from map readings.

Click for detailed profiles of: Oberalppass (west slope) | Göscheneralpsee.



Ward (left) and Oof (right) at the summit of the Oberalppass.

Left: reservoir of the Göscheneralpsee with Dammastock (3630m) and Damma glacier.
Right: typical traditional Swiss house in Gwüest. Click photo for a detail of the maxim on the face of the house (will be displayed in a separate window).