From the Rhône’s upper reaches in the shadow of the Alps to its first resting place at Lake Geneva, Valais extends westwards around the river’s great valley, which runs parallel to the Italian and French borders in the south of Switzerland. In the east, quiet roads wind through meadows patched with cottages clustered around slender, white steeples. The grassy hillsides give way to forest then rugged, snow-blasted peaks wherever you look up.
Here is home to some of the most spectacular, most inspirational cols of Europe, including the Col du Grand Saint Bernard, Simplonpass, Furkapass, and Col de la Forclaz. This is where legends are made.
But don't feel you have to always be climbing or descending in Switzerland - Valais is equally wonderful for spinning through verdant pastures as you listen to cowbells tinkering in the background and think about what fresh river fish might be on the menu that night. Indeed - Valais is a nirvana for hard-core grimpeurs and bon vivants alike.
And if you're keen for the full story of Dave and Keir's adventures in Valais head to our sister site CyclingTips for this and plenty more spectacular imagery.
Bikes used for this episode were the BMC Team Machine SLR 01 and BMC Raod Machine 01
Many thanks to Tim Bardsley-Smith for the sensational shots.