Located in southern Switzerland and home to the iconic Matterhorn, Zermatt is a picturesque village located on the lower slopes of the pristine mountain. The Matterhorn was one of the last of the great Alpine summits to be reached. This all change in 1865, when Englishman Edward Whymper and his team first managed to scale its crooked pinnacle. Ever since climbers have flocked to Zermatt to follow in their footsteps.
The town became the early epicenter of international mountaineering, and people from all over the world still make the trek up the valley to Zermatt, with hopes of standing atop what is surely one of the world’s most striking peaks. For those who prefer their thrills on two wheels, Zermatt also offers unforgettable mountain biking. The trains, chairlifts, and gondolas that serve skiers in the winter are outfitted to carry bikes and are open throughout the year. In this edition of the Discover Switzerland series, Keir and Dave from CyclingTips check out the mountain biking on offer in the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn.
For a more in-depth look at the region, including a stunning catalog of images, head on over to CyclingTips for the full article.
Imagery courtesy of Tim Bardsley-Smith. Video Courtesy of My Media Sydney