Zurisee Complete Loop - April Awaiting Image

With a pleasant day forecast, keen to do a bit of cycling, but still too early to head over any of the passes, I set off to try a complete loop of the Zurisee.

The route I chose was the main roads around the Rapperswil / Zurich / Pfaeffikon section, but then following the cycle paths and small lanes for the Pfaeffikon / Rapperswil part. This route was alright, but did have some sections of gravel tracks (not great on my road bike) and it was slightly slow going on windy country roads. All in all, I'm not sure I'd rush to do it again, although the loop around the south-most section of the lake might make for a nice gentle ride on a summer's afternoon.

All in all the 96km took me about 3hrs30, with just a few navigational stops. The return was a bit hard work with a strong head wind, and I wasn't carrying quite enough food (but couldn't be bothered to stop).

Bulach Circular - April Fields in sunshine

With a lovely day forecast, Timmy-boy and I headed out to Bluach to try circular Route #6 in the Veloland Zurich book.

After a slighly navigational error at the start [cough], we found the right way, and followed the route as it wound through the rolling hills of north Zurich. We passed through pretty villages with very traditional architecture farmhouses, and rolling fields and pastures. The first and last legs of the ride were along the Glatt, which is a lovely cycle ride - wide, well made cycle path, well used in the good weather. Feeling good at the end, we decided to head back to Oerlikon, where I left Timmy-Boy, and headed home under my own steam.

In total it was 55km (+ 6.5km for the navigational error) for the route, and I tacked on another few km to get home. Once again an excellent route from the book - a very pleasant ride, and exactly as advertised. The GPX plot of our route is here.

Winterthur Turbenthal Circular - April View from grasss covered hilltop over distant mountains with track in foreground

With a lovely day forecast, I decided to head out on the first fun ride of the year. The chosen route was a variation on route #12 from Veloland Zurich, but starting and finishing in Wintherthur.

With a bit of a breeze, but overall very pleasant under a bright spring sky, I headed out of town on the flat route along the Töss to Turbenthal. The route then climbed steadily to Schauenberg, then followed the ridge then descends into Hofstetten, before finally looping back to Turbenthal. From there I retraced my route out, following the Töss back to town. I was slightly caught out by the amount of climbing - slightly more hills than expected, but just fine nonetheless. There were particularly lovely views from the top, and a very pleasant cruise along the ridge for a few km (makes a change from the usual up and straight down).

Overall it was a good ride, with the extra 32km to/from Winterthur turning it into a nice 70km afternoon ride with 650m of ascent/descent. I was pedalling for 2 hrs 50, and the GPX plot of my route is here.