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04-07-2023 | Herman Nekkers

Gran Fondo Col de la Loze: gran fondo to the roof of the Tour

Wednesday 19 July sees the queen stage with the roof of the Tour scheduled. On the mythical Col de la Loze, the classification riders will bombard each other while the rest of the peloton will be happy just to reach the top. You can be there and ride a fantastic granfondo too. It doesn't get any better than this.

Tour de France

Friends and foes agree: the 17th stage on 19 July is likely to be a big spectacle. 5000 meters of elevation in total, two first-category cols, one second-category and the Col de la Loze of the outer category. This is also the roof of the Tour. The last seven kilometres are irregular with passages up to 24%. 

If you go to watch, it is hard to choose where to stand. At the crossing in Brides-les-Bains? On the Col de la Loze? Or at the spectacular finish at Corchevel airfield? All these location are perfectly accessible.

Gran Fondo Col de la Loze

Three days earlier, on Sunday 16 July, you can ride this climb for yourself during the Gran Fondo Col de la Loze. We give you the main reasons to take part:

  • Perfectly organised cyclo in breathtaking surroundings.
  • Climb the Col de la Loze from both sides.
  • Finish on the col, which always has something extra.
  • The last 7 kilometres of the col are car-free.
  • There are two more shorter climbs in the valley.
  • The longest version counts 117 kilometers and 4377 meters of elevation.
  • It is one of the most challenging cyclos in France, comparable to La Marmotte or Les 3 Ballons.
  • There are also three shorter distances:
    • 53 km, finish on the Col de la Loze via Meribel (toughest side).
    • 46 km, finish on the Col de la Loze via Courchevel (slightly less demanding).
    • 30 km, round trip through the valley with one climb.
  • A day beforehand there is a time trial to the beautiful Pralognan-la-Vanoise valley.
  • Combine the granfondo with the queen stage of the Tour.
  • Explore the area and get to know the Col de la Tougnète.
  • Get a 40% discount on your registration via the CycloWorld SHOP: register now.

Our tip for the best accommodation

Résidences Alticimes offers 4-star apartments in the heart of Brides-les-Bains. At short distance from the start. They offer you a secure environment for your stay, both for you and your bikes. Take advantage of our private, secure bike room (with video surveillance), accessible only to our guests by code. For optimal concentration, we can take care of everything from grocery deliveries,  advice on cycling routes in the 3 Valleys. Need a day off? We'll be happy to advise you on all your activities.

More info and bookings on the official website.

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