Dixence - Trophy of the Dams
From the capital of Valais, Sion, you leave the Rhone Valley for an adventure into the Val d’Hérens. After riding through the villages of Vex and Hérémence, you have a few kilometres of flat road. Use this time to contemplate the unique structures of the earth pyramids of Euseigne before you attack the second half of the climb to this majestic dam.
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The first section of the climb between Sion and Vex is on a fairly steep primary road. After taking a split to the right towards Hérémence, the road becomes much more calm. Just below the road on your left are the earth pyramids of Euseigne, a natural work of art! The village of Hérémence is famous for its history with the legendary mountain-bike race the Grand Raid. This will be your last place to stop for a snack before the final climb to the base of the dam. The last few kilometres are steep but worth the effort to reach the tallest gravity dam in the world, and the biggest dam in Europe.