2nd stage: Langnau i.E. - Langnau i.E.
On Sunday, the riders set off on a circuit that heads south from Langnau i.E. and over the notorious Chuderhüsi Pass, before continuing with loops over the popular Schallenberg Pass. The riders make three laps of this hilly circuit, offering spectators plenty of opportunities to enjoy the exciting race atmosphere from the sidelines. This high-altitude route will provide plenty of action and a tough sprint finish back into Langnau. After the previous day’s short time trial comes the battle for the yellow jersey. Don’t be surprised if a small breakaway group of sprinters steals the show.
Langnau lies at the heart of Switzerland. With 10,000 inhabitants, it is the most important town between Bern and Lucerne. The municipality is a centre of commerce, trade and services for a region of 50,000 inhabitants. The many historic buildings in Langnau make it a unique place. Add to that the gently undulating landscape of the Emmental valley, in which the village nestles. The area is ideal for hiking or cycling – whether by road bike, mountain bike or e-bike.
Langnau is a community that is just crazy about sport. Its figurehead is the SCL Tigers, the ice-hockey club that plays in Switzerland's National League. The Sportklub Langnau and the Unihockey Tigers also have supraregional appeal. Besides that, traditional sports such as Swiss wrestling or Hornussen are also important. There are more than 100 clubs in Langnau.
Langnau has a lot to offer from a cultural viewpoint, too. You can yodel and act in amateur dramatics and even play jazz here. The international Jazz Nights take place every summer. Chüechlihus, the oldest building in the region, is home to the Regional Museum. Langnau is also famous far and wide for its markets.
Langnau can be reached by train without restrictions on the Bernese or Lucerne S-Bahn. Regioexpress trains also run from Berne and Lucerne, stopping in Langnau. The festival grounds are five minutes' walk from the railway station.
There are various ways of getting to Langnau by road. The town is on the road Berne-Lucerne. The nearest motorway connections are in Kirchberg (A1) and in Muri/Berne (A6). The car parks are located on the edge of the village of Langnau, the access road is signposted. The festival grounds can be reached on foot in 10 to 15 minutes.
8.00 - 23.00 Catering, Viehmarktplatz
9.30 Start Tour de Suisse Challenge
10.00 - 22.00 Gnuss-Märit (Food Zone)
11.00 - 18.00 Tour de Suisse Village, Kids World and Bike Expo
13.35 - 14.10 Advertising column on the track
14.35 Start 1st stage Tour de Suisse
15.10 Interview and autograph session with Beat Feuz, Viehmarktplatz
17.20 Arrival last rider 1st stage Tour de Suisse
21.00 Concert Fusion Square Garden, Viehmarktplatz
Wheter it's a romantic hotel suite or sleeping in the straw, a dormitory in an alpine hut or a winter night in an igloo: in the Emmental everyone can find the bed of their dreams.
Traditional guesthouses, historic baths and delicious culinary specialities are just some of the reasons to stay in the Emmental.