Haut Velo is in the stunning Val de Bagnes in the Canton of Valais, Switzerland, home of the world famous ski resort of Verbier. Verbier village is situated in the Swiss Alps 1500m above sea level and has breath-taking views over Val de Bagnes, the Grand Combin’s imposing glacier and Mont Blanc mountain range panorama.
Road cycling is a popular sport in Europe with money invested in its infrastructure. Valais is the home of the UCI headquarters and so the canton has, and is, heavily investing in making itself the capital for road biking in Switzerland.
Verbier draws cycling enthusiasts from around the world to tackle the daunting mountain passes – including regular visits from the pro teams during the Tour of Switzerland and Tour de France.
With Val de Bagnes as your base, you have access to some spectacular cycling. From mountain passes climbing to France and Italy, to flat rides along the banks of the river Rhone through orchards and vineyards. Historic routes meandering through traditional alpine villages and sweeping descents will have your adrenaline coursing.
Once off the beaten track the roads are very quiet and generally in good condition. On the whole most drivers are courteous and understanding to cyclists. Unlike some other popular cycling destinations, you will not be competing with other cyclists for space on the roads – quite the opposite, you will probably see more Marmots than other cyclists! Along some busier roads there are generally cycle paths or smaller alternative roads running parallel.
Verbier is renowned for its world-class skiing and eclectic nightlife. The summer offers the opportunity to sample world class cycling through the spellbinding scenery of the Swiss Alps. The ambience in the summer is relaxed and calm compared to the busy winters. The cafés, bars, restaurants and nightlife offer enough entertainment for thirsty, hungry and dance-keen cyclists.