Racing bike route /
Coop Ride the Alps
The participants will start from the Central Square of Martigny for Émosson. Cyclists will take exactly the same route as the 17th stage of the Tour de France 2016. For 33km, they will be able to relive one of the mythical stages of the Grand Loop of recent years ! Once the Col de la Forclaz crossed, the participants will head down towards the village of Trient, then branch off towards Finhaut. Timing will be triggered at the Finhaut train station. The last section will be on a closed road, in the company of participants of the Grand Course Mountainbike.
Despite an event that is intented primarily for the sake of conviviality, we offer you a nice physical and mental challenge on this climb that saw in the summer of 2016 the heavyweights of the professional peloton facing it. Come and compete with Thibaut Pinot, Steve Morabito, Sébastien Reichenbach, Vincenzo Nibali and other Alberto Contador! However, it is important not to take this course too lightly. It requires some serious training and good physical condition.
The departure is from the central square of Martigny. You will first cross a part of the city under escort of the Valaisan bikers Federation towards Martigny-Croix. You will then start the climb up to the Col de la Forclaz. This pass was ridden no less than seven times during the Tour de France. The first climb of this dreaded pass took place in 1948 and the last time was in the summer 2016, with a beautifull 9th place from Steve Morabito and a Sébastien Reichenbach who, was abble to challenge the clear favorites. This climb, with a height difference of more than 1000m D+ and a length of 13km has an average percentage by the cantonal road of 7.9%. At the price of a good effort and after the five big laces of the climb, you will head down the village of Trient (which became over the years one of the main base camps of the famous Tour of Mont Blanc).
From Trient, you will descend towards the foot of the climb direction Finhaut after turning right before the village of Chatelard Frontière. There, you will start the final ascent of the Col de la Gueulaz, to the site of Emossion via a detour by the suspended and out of time village of Finhaut. Beware of the ramp crossing the village, it is a tough one! Timing starts from the Finhaut train station onwards. The climb to the Col de la Gueulaz (735m D+) will be closed to traffic (8.1km). Once at the top (1932m) you will be amaized by the exceptional panorama with notably The Grandes Jorasses and Mont Blanc in the background.