Date : Saturday 8 August 2020
Departure : 05:00 | Le Châble
Relay n°1 : Le Châble – Anzère (82km – 3000 mD+)
Relay n°2 : Anzère – Saint-Martin (81km – 2600 mD+)
Relay n°3 : Saint-Martin – Verbier (77km – 2600m D+)
Stop timing : Col de la Croix-de-Cœur
Arrival : Verbier
Km & D+ : 240 km | 8200 mD+
Col du Lein 11.4km – 7.4% (max 9%)
Ovronnaz 10.2km – 8.5 % (max 20%)
Anzère 18.8km – 5.5% (max 9%)
Col de Crans-Montana 17.1km – 5.2% (max 9%)
Vercorin 9.6km – 8.2% (max 9.5%)
Nax 6.7km – 5.7% (max 10.5%)
Mayens de Vernamiège 4.4km – 7.6% (max 9%)
Thyon 2000 19km – 5.8% (max 20%)
Nendaz 10km – 5.5% (max 9%)
Col de la Croix-de-Cœur 12.4km – 7.1% (max 19%)
Refueling : Riddes | Conthey |Anzère | Crans-Montana | Vercorin | Saint-Martin | Thyon 2000 | Nendaz | La Tzoumaz | Col de la Croix-de-Cœur | Verbier
Categories : Scratch
The Tour des Stations is the ultimate test of endurance and stamina set within the spectacular Valais region in Switzerland. If you participate in this you will be following in the wheels of cycling legends from the Tour de France, Tour de Romandie, and Tour de Suisse. Surrounded by white capped peaks you will cycle the 240km course through vineyards, orchards, and climb up steep cols accumulating in 8,200 vertical metres of climbing. The final destination at the end of the day is the ski resort of Verbier which was also the finish of the 2009 Tour de France.
Your gladiatorial adventure starts in Le Châble. Directly, you attack the first difficulty of Col du Lein. Near 15km, you will dive into the Rhone Valley, where you will quickly reach the steep climb of Ovronnaz to reach this thermal station at 1360m before returning to the plain. You’ll then be plunging back down to the glacial formed valley floor to Conthey where you will begin the next ascent, climbing up to the resort of Anzère sitting at 1542m.
Following Anzère, another quick descent commences, followed rapidly by the climb up to the ski resort of Crans-Montana, where you’ll follow in the wheels of the 1984 Tour de France and winner Laurent Fignon. After already cycling 100km you should be nicely warmed up for the remainder of your challenge. The climb to the Col Plumachit at 1800m is where you will see amazing snowcapped peaks soaring up to 4000m in height.
A long fast descent back down to the valley floor should cool you down before climbing back up through rows of neatly groomed vineyards to the villages of Vercorin, and the steep Val d’Anniviers. From this point to the arrival in Verbier you will remain above an altitude of 1000m from the flat valley floor.
The remainder of the route will be a mix of climbs and descents through the Val d’Herens and the villages of Nax, Saint-Martin, Hérémence, Les Collons, and Veysonnaz. All of these quaint villages are perched on the side of the mountain, and each have their own Swiss charm including the incredible naturally made Pyramids of Euseigne and the imposing dam of Grande Dixence, the highest gravity dam in Europe.
After riding 215km you will arrive at the ski resort of Nendaz, Here you will climb to the small traditional village of Isérables before arriving in the penultimate ski resort for the day, La Tzoumaz. Your final challenge is the road to the Col de la Croix-de-Coeur at 2174m, the final summit of the Tour des Stations, where you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Val de Bagnes. A last short descent will take you to the heart of the ski resort of Verbier.