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  • Klausenpass-film


    The Klausenpass at 1948m is one of the most beautiful Swiss passes and one of my all time favourites. I’ve written about it as being a great ride destination in the “Favourite Swiss and French Alpine passes” section.

    Today I’ve finally got round to posting a film so you can see what all the fuss is about.  Riding the pass from top to bottom takes around 40 minutes dependent on how often you stop for photos.

    Click link below to view the film of the ascent.



    Hope you enjoy!

  • AlpineBiker tours- feedback

    If you are one of the 18,500 visitors to this blog since I started posting in 2009, thanks very much for your visit, and I hope you found something on here of interest to you.  My blog however, is an add-on to my main website www.alpinebiker.com. which perhaps you may not have visited yet?  The tour website features films, pictures and details of the types of alpine tours I offer,  and have run so far.

    I put a lot of time and effort into providing excellent quality and high value tours, and into giving people a really special riding experience in the  amazing  mountain scenery and awesome alpine passes, and from being on some of the best roads in Europe.  My tours have attracted riders from all over the world,  and I’m very proud to be able to post just a few representative comments from some of those riders from America,  Norway and  Australia, who have recently taken an AlpineBiker tour and thoroughly enjoyed it . (Check the tour website for other comments from riders from the UK, Canada, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands)

    If you haven’t yet visited the tour website www.alpinebiker.com, perhaps these comments may inspire you to do so and see what these guys are talking about, and see for yourself what you’ve been missing?


    Eddie (USA) Your passion for motorcycling and touring the Alps is apparent in your attitude and from the detailed planning and thinking that went into making the trip a once in a lifetime vacation. Thank you for sharing that gift and passion with me and the others. I would not hesitate to highly recommend you to others and to book another trip with you in the future.  Sincerely  Eddie”


    Mike (Canada) It clearly takes a true biker with a wealth of experience riding in the region to put together a spectacular tour like the one we enjoyed this summer. It also takes hard work and an eye for detail in the planning phase. I think the “something extra” that assured the success of our tour was your patience, good humour and genuine interest in seeing us all really enjoy ourselves.

    Thanks Paul for an amazing adventure. I am certainly recommending an alpinebiker tour to my biking friends and acquaintances, and I am looking forward to my next chance to ride with you”.



    Nick & Terese (Australia) “Great ride, beautiful scenery, great company, great food and accomodation. We had an awesome time and it really was the trip of a lifetime for us “flatlanders”.

    nick and therese

    Dan (USA) “
    A big thanks for your efforts in having this tour exceed every expectation we had prior to the start of the journey. I look forward to our next “once in a lifetime ride with you next summer!”


    Chris (USA) “Hands down one of the best trips of my life! Paul is a terrific guide with extensive knowledge of the roads. He is also a hell of a lot of fun to have a beer with! This trip exceeded expectations with both Paul’s leadership of the tour, and the quality of the lodging and food at the Le Biot chalet”.


    Steve (USA) ” I would like to thank you for a once in a lifetime (well until next year) experience.Your planning, expertise and riding skills made it the thrill of a lifetime”


    Rob (USA) ” Paul’s experience and organisation set this trip apart from any other. Perhaps the best biking trip I have ever taken”


    Paul (USA) ” The once in a lifetime long weekend Alps riding tour experience with Paul Starmer exceeded my expectations. So much for once in a lifetime- I’ll be back, maybe Spain or the Dolomites next time!”

    Cesar (USA) “An AlpineBiker tour is the experience of a lifetime. Excellent roads, challenging passes, great accomodation, breathtaking landscapes and perfect logistics let’s you worry about nothing but to enjoy and work on your riding skills. Paul’s catering to everyone’s needs and riding styles will make your experience second to none. You will leave wanting to come back and adding Paul to the list of your friends!”


    Cary (USA) ” Thanks for a fabulous tour. The routes we rode, and the sights we saw are unparalleled. The lodging and food was first class; and your easy demeanour, local knowledge and flexibility made our tour an unforgettable experience. AlpineBiker.com tours is a must for those who want to ride the Alpine”


    Trond (Norway) “Paul, I have had the best of times. Your tour, riding and companionship really made this an event for the history books. Enjoyed myself enormously!”

    “Do not think twice about getting one of his tours. I`m usually a do it yourself kind of guy, but this experience really was something else. If you have time, just do it. I`m quite sure you wont regret it”


  • Klausenpass- 1948m

    The Klausenpass is one of my favourite Swiss passes ranking highly alongside the Sustenpass for it’s scenic beauty. I always ride it in an East-West direction, usually after having spent the previous night in the tiny country of Liechtenstein.

    Exiting the motorway at Niderunen, head for Glarus and Schwanden and then take signposts for Linthal. This road is very pretty with plenty of small villages, each with beautiful and ornately painted church clocks and towers, unfortunately, whilst the villages and countryside are pretty, there are a few too many villages, each with a 50kph speed limit, and for a while progress is a little frustrating, but once you arrive at Linthal the fun starts.

    The bottom of the pass is cobbled on the first few bends, which is a bit of a surprise, and probably very slippery in the wet! Next comes some very narrow and quite tight bends through a wooded section with little forward visibility, take care here as each time I’ve been there both cars and bikes seems to be going quickly the other way and cutting corners, and there’s precious little room! Once through the woods the pass soon opens out into a classic as it winds its way upwards through the Schachen valley to it’s 1948m summit.


    Stunning view back down the Klausenpass- direction Linthal


    The valley is lined on both sides with high mountains

    On the opposite side of the valley you have an enormous waterfall cascading from the mountainside.

    Here in close up

    Arriving here it looks as if you’ve come to the end of the valley, but there’s more to come as the road gets  narrower and starts to climb more severely.

    Take your time riding and stop and take some pictures and revel in the scenery. Although it’s a pass which can “encourage” spirited riding, it  is also one of the most beautiful you’re ever likely to ride, so take the time to soak up the experience and marvel at your surroundings.

    This is definately one of  THE passes to ride. Make the effort to go and you’ll be well rewarded.

    AlpineBiker rating.

    Ride experience 10/10    Road quality 7.5/10   Scenery 10/10

  • AlpineBiker tour photos- press exposure

    I’m fortunate that I get to ride in some of the most beautiful parts of the world, and as such get to take photos of some amazing scenery. I’m grateful for the kind words and comments which my pictures have received , and now it seems my pictures are being recognised for their content and are starting to be featured in other publications.

    The picture below of the original Gotthard Pass (Tremola) which crosses into Italy from Switzerland, and the AlpineBiker Swiss Mountain Passes Tour, is featured in an article in the Guardian press in the UK (see link)


    My pictures have also crossed the Atlantic, and this picture of my K1300GT on the Klausenpass featured on the front cover of  September’s monthly newsletter of BMW accessories company Pirates Lair in the U.S.A

  • 4 days of magical riding the high cols in 3 countries

    Here’s a pictorial record of  covering 2000+kms, 19 mountain passes, in 3 countries. Lifes tough in 30 degree C heat, but I had a great time, hope you enjoy the pics too! 

    Galibier – France

    On the Galibier there was a professional photographer taking pictures of all the motorcyclists and cyclists passsing by. Even if only one in 50 bought off him he’d have made a lot of money! 

    Mt Cenis- Italy

    The water is held in a huge lake behind a dam here, with this weird triangular building overlooking it all. An hour spent over lunch and I’d got a great suntan it was so warm!.


     Iseran- France

    Everyone takes their picture here, so why should I be any different?

     En route to the Swiss Alps and days of pleasure.


    View from the Grimsel


    Water cascading over mountain tunnel on the Susten

    View down to Airolo from the Gotthard

    The original and paved Gotthard

    Hungry Marmot on the Furka

    Guess where?

    Check down in the valley for the 48 hairpins

    Another pass, another 2500 metres or so!

    Super lunch stop spot

    Ice cream stops mandatory!


    Check the waterfall!