Innertkirchen, Switzerland

The Sustenpass is a col with a length of 28 kilometer. This is a highest category (HC) col. It is located in Innertkirchen, BE, Switzerland. The average grade of this col is 5.6% with a maximum of 7.5%. The Sustenpass ascents from 670 meter at the start, to 2.224 meter at the top, with a total of 1.554 ascending meters.


Sustenpass Profile


Distance 28 km
Elevation gain 1554 m
Average grade 5.6 %
Maximum grade 7.5 %
Climb category HC
Minimum elevation 670 m
Maximum elevation 2224 m

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Often mentioned together with the Furkapass and Grimelspass, this is for those who like their climbs long and steady.

On 16 June 1948 Richard Depoorter, a Belgian racing cyclist, crashed into a tunnel wall on a "descent of the Sustenpas during the 1948 Tour of Switzerland and died onsite or shortly thereafter due to his injuries. He won the 1943 and 1947 editions of the Liège–Bastogne–Liège. Some say he was run over by a car because the autopsy found multiple fractures and tire marks on his body.