Tour de Gruyere
This moderately challenging loop starts at Saanen, a typical Bernese Oberland village, which is easy to get to by train.
The first 35 kilometres are mostly downhill and consist of several sections on delightful roads with moderate traffic. At Pringy, visiting the Maison du Gruyère is a must for tasting this famous Swiss cheese. You could even do a little detour and climb one kilometre to the village of Gruyères and its magnificent castle. The next village is another mecca when it comes to Swiss specialities: Broc is home to the Maison Cailler, the famous chocolate maker; it also offers guided tours. This is also where the climb starts to Charmey, the first of the day. It is followed by an easier section which takes you to Jaun at the foot of the Mittelberg. The Mittelberg pass, which tops out at alt. 1633m, forms part of the Gruyère Cycling Tour programme, one of the main challenges in Switzerland’s sports cycling calendar. A rapid descent brings you back to Saanen. Further information on road cycling in the Gstaad-Saanen region is available here: http://www.gstaad.ch/fr/actif/ete/velo-et-vtt/itineraires-velo-de-course.html