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SlowUp Geneva

SlowUp is a popular bicycling tour going by the lake and around Cologny and Geneva's countryside. SlowUp is a part of Geneva Festival, attracting thousands of cyclists, roller skaters and runners every year.

Date: 02.08.2015 10am-4pm

There is no one big group going whole round together, which you need to join. Slow up is rather an continuous endless fluid of cyclists, and so you can join anytime and for any part of the journey.

For duration of SlowUp, between 10am to 4pm, the whole lap is closed for cars. Refreshement, repair and entertainment points are supporting people and families. At 4, those close, and cca after 5, the roads are again open for cars.

Location: Start and finish are at Quai Gustave-Ador, by the English Garden (a large inflatable gate). Get there and continue with the endless snake of cyclists.

There is staff on every turn pointing cyclist towards the right direction, and other turns are closed by barriers. There are so many cyclists attending, that there is always somebody in front of you leading the way, so it's impossible to not know the way.

Terrain is sometimes bit hilly, mostly at the beginning after the turn our from Quai Cologny the climbing up is harddest, but if you can make this, you will be fine.

Price: Free!

Bicycle maintenance

Several bicycle repair stalls (SportXX by migros) are located on the way, where skilled repairman will fix your bike or change flat tire.

Food and refreshment

Small family restaurant halfway through the journey offers swiss buffet for some good lunch - you can choose from small plates of swiss cheese, sausages and yoghurt (CHF 5), towards proper lunch of lentils with cheese or millet combined with ham or dried sausage, for CHF 15.

Restaurant also serves sparkling water, apple juice, tea, coffee and variety of wines.


There is not much water optins on the way, and no pure water being given away for participants, so take a water bottle with yourself!

August sun is strong, think of sun protection.

Roller Blading is also possible road surface all over the way is good, but count with sometimes hilly terrain which makes it much more harder than cycling.


Official Website

Official website for slowUp is, which is sadly not translated to English. We thus recommened using google translate to read it, or visit Fêtes de Genève website which has some information in english.


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