Cycling routes

Cycling routes

Cleuson – Trophy of the Dams

From the village of Aproz, the road climbs towards the mountain resort of Nendaz. Then you are whisked away into a small valley surrounded by forests until Siviez. The last kilometres leading to the Cleuson Dam are not paved.

Starting from Aproz, you will get to know this quaint little village which hosts the annual national cow-fighting final, known as the “combat de reines” to determine the Queen cow of Valais. The start of the climb takes place on a large road through apricot plantations. The view opens towards the opposite side of the valley covered in vineyards, and we can admire the village of Chamoson, the largest wine municipality in Switzerland. After crossing the mountain resort of Nendaz, the road heads in the direction of Siviez on a steady climb that gains altitude quickly. In Siviez, we discover the imposing wall of the Cleuson Dam at the end of the valley. Starting from here the last kilometres take you up a dirt road.

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Rhone Valley until the Cleuson Dam, you will climb over 1500 metres. The first kilometres rising above Aproz are on a steady slope until the village of Fey. On leaving this small town, there are several hundred metres of particularly steep road before arriving in Nendaz. Once you have crossed the resort, the road climbs along the Printze river, passing near the hamlet of Planchouet. Enjoy the views of Mont Fort and Mont Gelé at the end of the Nendaz valley. Once you have arrived in Siviez, the view of the Cleuson Dam is very impressive. The more adventurous will continue their way on the dirt road, pedalling through the last kilometres to the summit of the dam at more than 2100 metres of altitude.

Start: Aproz (486 m)
Destination: Cleuson Dam (2198 m)

Author's recommendation

It is possible to visit the dam in summer. 

More informations on nendaz.ch

 

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2199 m 482 m

  • Ascent

    1717 m

  • Descent

    4 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 6 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Frequent train connections from all over Switzerland to Sion, then take the Post Bus to Aproz.

Approach

Take the motorway A9 and take the exit 25 (Conthey). Then cross the Rhône river to arrive directly at the village of Aproz.

Parking

Parking at the village of Aproz. Follow the local car park routeing in Aproz.

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Safety information

Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through. Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority. When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability. All riding is at one’s own risk.

Additional information

More information :

Literature

The tourist office in Nendaz has got brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.

Maps

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1306 Sion / 1326 Rosablanche