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Iron Bike Tour

Route
Mountain Bike
Length
100.1 km
Travel time
15 h
Stöcklichrüz mit Zürichsee im Hintergrund
Photo: Schwyz Tourismus, Ferien- und Ausflugsregion Schwyz
Stöcklichrüz mit Zürichsee im Hintergrund
Photo: Schwyz Tourismus, Ferien- und Ausflugsregion Schwyz
Stöcklichrüz
Photo: Schwyz Tourismus, Ferien- und Ausflugsregion Schwyz
Stöcklichrüz
Photo: Schwyz Tourismus, Ferien- und Ausflugsregion Schwyz
Spirstock im Hoch-Ybrig
Photo: Schwyz Tourismus, Ferien- und Ausflugsregion Schwyz
Etzel mit Zürichsee im Hintergrund
Photo: Schwyz Tourismus, Ferien- und Ausflugsregion Schwyz
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The Einsiedeln Iron Bike Race takes place every September. It is the country’s second biggest mountain bike marathon. The route is signposted so you, too, can feel like an “Iron Biker”.

Starting off in Einsiedeln, we pedal along the lake to Egg, where we begin our first climb via the Devil’s Bridge to the Etzel. We continue with a steep descent via St. Meinrad - Brandegg to Willerzell, where we tackle the long drawn out climb up the Sattelegg. After a fast descent to Euthal, there comes another climb, this time to the Wisstannenhütte refuge. It is then time to tackle the Spirstock, the highest point of the tour, via Studen, Unteriberg and Oberiberg. This harbours magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Time for another downhill, this time via Ibergeregg - Holzegg to Brunni. The last climb up the Eigen is the icing on the cake of this unforgettable tour.

Technical details

Tour type
Mountain Bike
Starting point
Einsiedeln
Point of arrival
Einsiedeln
Difficulty
Difficult
Condition
6 / 6
Ascent
3437 m
Descent
3437 m
Best Time of Year
April, May, June, July, August, September
Directions

Einsiedeln - Egg - Etzel - St. Meinrad - Brandegg - Willerzell - Sattelegg - Büel - Euthal - Wisstannen - Oberstuden - Sihltalhütte - Unteriberg - Waag - Oberiberg - Spirstock - Ibergeregg - Holzegg - Brunni - Alpthal - Eigen – Einsiedeln

Author’s advice
  • Einsiedeln Monastery
  • Dairy
  • Lovely restaurants in the Hoch-Ybrig and Mythen region
  • Accommodation in the Ybrig or Mythen region for the more easygoing two-day alternative
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Good to know

Parking
Parking is available at Brüel AG and the MM Center Einsiedeln, as well as many other places. All are chargeable.
Arrival / Return journey
Einsiedeln is 40 km from Zurich and 55 km from Lucerne. The drive from the Richterswil or Schindellegi exits of the A3 Zurich – Chur motorway to Einsiedeln takes 15 minutes.
Accessible by bus and train
No
Public transport

Einsiedeln is well served by public transport.

The Swiss Federal Railways and Südostbahn railway company (SOB) run a half-hourly service to Einsiedeln from Zurich.

An hourly service to Einsiedeln is provided by the Voralpen Express railway company, which runs between Romanshorn in eastern Switzerland and the Lucerne conurbation.

Further information & links

www.iron-bike.ch/home