Cyclocalendar heroes the Tour de France. In a series of articles we focus on the stage cities and the gran fondo's and sportives of thee region. Today: stage 16, which starts from La Tour-du-Pin.
The beautiful mountain peaks of the Vercors (picture: Adobe Stock)
This is where the peloton heads south, towards the Vercors. Just like the Chartreuse, this is a promontory of the 'real' Alps. But also here you can seriously climb, as we wrote earlier in our article about starting point Le Teil.
The closest gran fondo requires a 45 min drive to the east, to Chambéry. From there the Chambérienne Cycletyres is held. A beautiful GF, of which the longest distance is 135 km with over 3100 m. A small-scale event as well, because less than 100 people participate per route. The routes make a loop towards the northeast of the city, into the Massif des Bauges. Just like the Vercors and the Chartreuse, this is a promontory. There are five serious climbs of which the Col des Prés (1135m) is the highest. As you can see from the profile below, there is really no meter flat. Really something for the mountain goats. Do not underestimate this ride. This is definitely not a piece of cake, at least for ordinary mortals. The winner finished the 135 km in 2018 in just 4h18...
This gran fondo normally ridden at the end of July and can therefore be easily combined with a family vacation. Tomorrow we will be back with the first (but not the last) Olympic city in this series: Grenoble.Related stories