We are rather fortunate to be able to see dreams become reality in Switzerland. Though this theme might seem redundant, but for a small country, Switzerland has so very much to offer. This year the Tour de Suisse started on the 9th of June in Lugano and ended in Näfels-Lintharena – Sörenberg on the 17th of June. A race that spans nine days and covers over 1,398.6 km.
We were fortunate enough to live close enough to stage four of the race, which began and finished a stage in nearby Olten/Trimbach (known as the suburb with character) located in the Canton of Solothurn. Having been fans of pro cycling for years, seeing the riders’ whiz by is certainly a thrill we try not to miss. There is something quite inspirational about seeing super fit athletes performing at their best. There is something even more incredible when you are able to witness their determination and speed with your children.
Despite a bleak forecast, we made our way to Trimbach via train to watch the riders complete their 180km race for the day. The rain fell in droves, the temperatures were cold and had it not been for the enthusiastic crowd and excitement of witnessing the riders cross the finish line, we could have easily been miserable. But weather on this day was simply a state of mind, so we made the best of our situation and allowed the euphoria from the day creep in and penetrate where the cold, wind could have otherwise taken residence.
Once again, it is about showing up, breathing in each moment deeply and being grateful for witnessing such talent. The stage winner for this leg of the race was Peter Sagan of team Liquigas Cannondale. Rui Costa was the eventual tour winner!
Time of Year: June
Duration: Day Trip
Where We Stayed: N/a
Eats and Treats: Gummi Bears (handed out at the finish area)
Child Friendly? Yes, but keep your little ones close by. It was hard to make our way out of the crowds with the stroller
Would we return? Yes, we have even thought about following the tour for a week
Tour de Suisse 2012 – Trimbach/Olten Slideshow