The Swiss Bike Rallye: 7 days to connect the UNESCO World Heritage properties

To provide an adventure for all categories of cyclists while supporting the UNESCO World Heritage properties in Switzerland: this is the mission of the Swiss Bike Rallye, a new event with an innovative formula.

For 7 days, participants will connect the UNESCO World Heritage properties in Switzerland to the roads of their choice: there is no stopwatch or compulsory route on the Swiss Bike Rallye. Each kilometre driven is worth one point, and each site visited brings in bonus points, as well as a series of secondary sites related to the theme chosen for each edition.

Everyone can choose the sites they want to connect according to their preferences and abilities, which introduces a strategic and fun dimension for the different types of cyclists to whom this event is addressed:

  • Sports cyclist who wants to discover ultra cycling (long distance cycling) in a familiar territory
  • Ultra cyclist looking for a new challenge with a strategic dimension
  • Cyclotourist wishing to discover Switzerland
  • An e-bike enthusiast who wants to test the concept of travelling by bicycle in a safe environment.

The Swiss Bike Rallye can be ridden alone or in groups. Each participant raises funds for UNESCO World Heritage properties by soliciting supporters: heritage lovers, companies wishing to get involved in an original way, friends and family. This year the Swiss Bike Rallye is supporting the creation of a permanent exhibition on World Heritage in its visitor centre in Grandvaux. To support the project, click here.

Who will win the Swiss Bike Rally? "All participants! By the adventure they have experienced, by the sites they have discovered and by the projects they have supported! " Emmanuel Estoppey, President of World Heritage Experience Switzerland (WHES), organizer of the event.

The first edition of the Swiss Bike Rally will take place in 2020. From 1 to 8 June 2019, a test event will be organized at the UNESCO site of La Chaux de Fonds as part of the World Heritage Days (8-9 June). Emmanuel Estoppey and some participants will connect the Swiss sites to test the formula and share their experience on social networks.