Skip to main content

Tour de Suisse 2013

Tour de Suisse -Dieter Schütz  / pixelio.de

Cycling is a very popular leisure activity in Switzerland. Almost every Swiss person owns a bicycle of some sort - some a very fancy racing bike and some an old squeaking city bike. There are hundreds of bicycle trails all over Switzerland including downhill slopes, nationwide tracks (e.g. from St. Gallen to Geneva) that you can cycle over several days, or regional tracks like the one around lake Zurich.

Once a year, cycling in Switzerland attracts even international attention. The annual Tour de Suisse is one of professional cycling's most famous tours. After the all-famous Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and the Spanish Vuelta, the Tour de Suisse is probably one of the more popular and prestigious tours in the cycling calendar and part of the official UCI World Tour.

The first Tour de Suisse took place in 1933 with an Austrian winner. The tour became an annual fixture and with the exception of the years during WWII has always been carried out. Winners of the Tour de Suisse include illustrious names (of the cycling world) such as: Ferdy Kübler, Lance Armstrong (although doped), Fabian Cancellara and Levi Leipheimer.

This years Tour de Suisse will be the 77th tour and it will take place from June 8th - June 16h including a total of 9 stages. For everyone living in the Zurich area Stage 6 will be most interesting. It leads from Leuggern in the Canton of Aargau to Meilen near Zurich. On the way it circles the whole of lake Zurich and passes through the city of Zurich. According to the schedule, the tour should pass through Zurich between 5.30 pm and 6 pm, depending on the speed of the cyclists. If you want to get a whiff of the Tour de Suisse it is worth it to get there a bit earlier since a whole caravane that distributes promotional articles will pass before the riders. Also, many towns along the route organize food stands and other events for spectators.
Tour de Suisse - Stages 2013

You can find all relevant information on the official Tour de Suisse Website. And if you can't go watch it on the streets, Swiss Television is providing live coverage of most of the tour.





© 2013 IRENE WYRSCH "A HUMOROUS GUIDE TO SWITZERLAND" ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

How to Spot a Swiss Person

As an expat one usually spots fellow expats right away. It's not only the language or the looks of people but rather the little peculiarities of life that seem so normal at home that give us away while abroad. Obviously, it's a cliche that all people from the same place (country, city, continent) behave in the same way and I am far from making that claim. However, growing up in a certain surrounding does rub off on people's behavior and some similarities can certainly be observed.

This is also true for Swiss people. According to the Swiss stereotype, we are a clean, punctual and strictly organized people. However, there are many exceptions like my Swiss friend who is always late or my brother whose room was a total mess while growing up. Yet, although they do not fit the description of a typical Swiss person, they still have some traits that give them away as Swiss. The same is probably true for myself - if I like it or not.
10 Signs you are dealing with a Swiss Person So,…

Schätzli, Schnüggel and Müüsli - Terms of Endearment in Swiss German

If you've ever been invited to the home of a Swiss couple, you are probably familiar with the most popular Swiss German term of endearment "Schätzli" (little treasure) or one of it's many varieties like e.g. "Schatz" or "Schätzeli". Obviously, this is not the only pet name used by Swiss couples (or parents for that matter). Like many other languages, Swiss German offers a wide variety of words and phrases that you can use to address your loved one.

What most of these pet names have in common is the ending "-li" which basically turns the thing or person a word refers to into something small. For example "Haus" means house and "Hüüsli" means small house. This ending "-li" can also be added to first names as a means of endearment, e.g. Benjaminli, Estherli or Fabienneli.

I tried to come up with a collection of Swiss German pet names but realized I only know a handful. However, after combing through the interne…

10 Fun Things to do on a Rainy Day in Switzerland

The weather has been so so these last few days and will remain rainy and rather cold. No swimming in one of the many lakes of Switzerland, going on a nice bike trip or playing soccer outside unless you are willing to endure some heavy rain. :)

However, there are plenty of fun things to do in Switzerland even on rainy days. Here's the list of my current favorite rainy day activities:
Alpamare: Biggest water park of Switzerland with dozens of water slides and pools. It's open all year round since most of the baths and slides are indoors. It is perfect for a rainy day since there are usually less people than on a sunny day.Zoo Zurich: The famous zoo in Zurich features bears, elephants, monkeys, tigers and the mazoala hall (a tropical glass house). Many animals can be visited in their houses.Swiss National Museum: The Swiss National Museum in Zurich gives an overview over the cultural history of Switzerland. Swiss Museum of Transport: The Museum of Transport in Lucerne tells the h…