Cycling routes

Cycling routes

Col de la Croix de Cœur – Legendary Mountain Passes

More than 21 kilometres separates Riddes from the summit of the Col de la Croix de Cœur. Passing through the mountain resort of La Tzoumaz, you reach the summit of the climb at more than 2,100 metres of altitude where you can admire the view of the resort of Verbier below.

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Length

    21.6 km

  • Duration

    2:30 h

  • Show on map

Starting from Riddes, the road heads towards the village of Isérables then turns towards the mountain resort of La Tzoumaz that is part of the 4 Vallées domain. The Dent de Nendaz, the Mont Gond and the Mont Gelé make up the panoramic view that will accompany you during the first kilometres of the climb. As you leave La Tzoumaz, the road begins to wind its way up the mountain with a dozen switchbacks that lead you to the summit of the pass. The last section takes place on an unpaved road that will allow you to reach the top of this open landscape above the Val de Bagnes and the village of Verbier.

Turn-by-turn directions

The road to the Col de la Croix de Cœur from Riddes is part of a series of Valais climbs that includes sections of un-paved road. This ascent is perfect for gravel bike lovers and road bike experts. You will reach the top from the Rhone Valley side, while the other side leaving from Verbier is well-known as the first climb in the Grand Raid mountain-bike race. The road is in excellent condition until La Tzoumaz, then transforms into a dirt road with a series of impressive curves all the way to the pass. The view over the opposite valley is extraordinary, where you can admire the Grand Muveran and the Grand Chavalard all in one glance!

Start: Riddes (472 m)
Destination: Col de la Croix de Cœur (2171 m)

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2174 m 472 m

  • Ascent

    1702 m

  • Descent

    2 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 5.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 5.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Regional trains on the Simplon line to Riddes.

Approach

Motorway A9, take the 24 (Riddes) exit and follow the cantonal road to the village of Riddes.

Parking

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

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.