A recumbent trip through the Alps



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Trip report

  1. Lake Constance to Lake Geneva, Switzerland
  2. The French Alps
  3. Mittelland (CH) - Schwarzwald (D)

On a cheap Schönes Wochenend ticket (35 DM for me, 6 DM for my recumbent bike) I took the train from the German/Dutch border to the Bodensee (Lake Constance), situated on the German/Swiss border. From there I crossed Switzerland, following the brand new extensive bicycle network, beautifully sign posted. In the French Alps I witnessed the Tour de France, but had no luck: the riders were on strike. After visiting the beautiful canyons of the Vercors, I climbed a few famous passes like Galibier and Madeleine. Back via Switzerland and the German Black Forest. There I ended my trip and took the train back home in Offenburg.



  • Total distance cycled: 2400 km
  • Average per day: 92 km (excl. rest days)
  • Average speed: 18 km/u
  • Maximum speed: 77 km/u
  • Longest stage: 176 km
  • Highest elevation: Col du Galibier, 2646 m.



  • Touristische Velokarte Schweiz, Kümmerly + Frey, scale 1:301.000. Overview of the national bikeroutes. Indicated are campgrounds, difficulty of climbs, amount of traffic.
  • Rhône-Alpes (F), Michelin, 1:200.000
  • Schwarzwald und Bodensee (D), Die General Karte no.21+24, 1:200.000.