RHEINWALD CHALLENGETICKING OFF 5 DEUX MILLE COLS
SAN BERNARDINO PASS (2,066)
One of our favorite areas to go col hunting, starts with one of our favorite climbs to do.
San Bernardino Pass from Hinterrhein is a short, easy and fun climb. It starts with a number of quick switchbacks and ends by the Moesola Lake.
Climb details: https://www.deuxmille.cc/cols/san-bernardino-pass/
Switzerland holds a few hipster climbs. Steinigboda is one of them. When we did it, only four other riders before us had logged times on Strava on the climb.
From Nufenen, it is hard enough just find out where the route starts. It is a dodgy agriculture road of less than 5 kilometers, but almost 10% in average gradient. On a rainy day, we managed to do it in around 30 minutes, while the descent was a scary, slippery ride of roughly 20 minutes.
Climb details: https://www.deuxmille.cc/cols/steinigboda/
From the nice town of Splügen you will get the short, and easier, way up to the border between Switzerland and Italy.
The climb is more famous, and relentless, from Chiavenna on the Italian side, while this side holds more tranquility.
Climb details: https://www.deuxmille.cc/cols/passo-della-spluga/
Jul is a seldom conquered col. If Strava is to be trusted less than 50 riders do this one per year.
The climb starts just south of Andeer, which, in all honesty, can be missed, as you drive along the main road.
It is a long, but not steep, climb of almost 30 kilometers.
Climb details: https://www.deuxmille.cc/cols/juf/
The highest and hardest climb on the Rheinwald challenge is Tguma.
Either start from Donat or Clugin. Eventually the roads will merge at Casti-Wergenstein. From there, you will have around 9 very steep kilometers to the top.
Climb details: https://www.deuxmille.cc/cols/tguma/