About ten years ago, the trend of gravel biking emerged in the USA. Instead of just biking on boring paved roads, cycling fans opted for more adventure and turned to the numerous gravel roads in the countryside. Of course, a suitable bike was needed for this since the unpaved roads can be difficult for conventional road bikes to manage.
The Gravel Bike is therefore a mixture between road bike and cyclocross bike. The profiled wheels are suitable for off-road rides, and because of the upright riding position, the Gravel Bike, or adventure bike, as it is also called, offers a unique riding experience on longer tours. The trend has recently arrived here as well because the Engadin with its many varied routes offers the ideal terrain for exciting adventures on two wheels.
Relaxed off-road biking is easy in the Engadin. Numerous routes lead cross-country and off the busy roads through the sunny high valley. If you’re having trouble deciding on a route, it's best to choose the section of the Innradweg from Maloja to La Punt because this route includes everything your heart desires: spectacular views over the fascinating lake district, picturesque villages, and the unique mountain landscape. If this two-hour tour is too short for you, you can extend the excursion and cycle from La Punt to Alp Arpiglia, where you can enjoy a snack of homemade cake before heading home again.
Those who are a bit more ambitious can tackle the alpine path from Celerina to Corviglia. The steep ascent leads first to Marguns and then on to Corviglia, the highest point of this tour. After enjoying the breathtaking view over St. Moritz and the Upper Engadin lakes follow the gravel road down to Alp Giop and on to Suvretta. From here you can comfortably reach the idyllic Lej Marsch, where a jump into the cool water almost makes you forget the exertions of the previous ascent. Finally, a natural road leads past the high moor of Lej da Staz back to Celerina.