A spectacular tour of the Trois Vallees ski area. Winding climbs with fast descents and stunning views will leave you breathless!
A short pedal takes us to Le Praz from where we'll start the ascent to Courchevel 1850. Passing through the pads of the Millionaires and Billionaires, we continue towards the Altiport with its infamous 537m long, upward sloping runway. Turning on to the new shiny tarmac of the Col de la Loze, reserved solely in the summer for walkers and cyclists, this takes us 6km to the top and the boundary between Courchevel and Meribel and the ‘roof’ of the 2020 Tour de France.
From the summit, at 2300m there is only one way to go and that is down! A mammoth descent to Moutiers sitting far below at 500m. Hold on tight, that’s a 1800m descent!
Reaching Moutiers, we go on to the old road leading to St-Martin-de-Belleville. This was on the ill-fated 2019 tour affected by weather restrictions.
A further 12km up the road and we’ve reached our last summit of the day before returning to Moutiers.
If anyone is feeling particularly spritely, the old St-Martin-de-Belleville road leads into the Etape du Tour last climb going all the way to Val Thorens at 2300m.
Key climb - Col de la Loze
Length of climb: 16.6km
Start altitude: 1260m
Summit altitude: 2304m
Elevation gain: 1044m
Average gradient: 6.5%
Max gradient: 16%