With the emergence of gravel riding, we thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase the wide diversity of riding in the Val de Bagnes region, using the smooth descents on tarmac and the climbing on the numerous quiet gravel roads that zig zag through the fields and forests throughout the area.
You can enter as an individual or a team of 2 so there are no excuses! (Team change in Le Chable). The route will have timed sections for gravel ascents only. The whole route is not timed so you can enjoy the scenery and cycle with your friends and family if you so wish.
Saturday 14 September 2019
08.30 -Join us at Le Bec, Verbier for final inscriptions, complimentary coffee & final bike check (we strongly recommend a bike service before the day. See Our Partners page for special discounts)
09.00 - Final safety briefing (all participants entering adhere to the rules of the road. They are not closed roads)
09.15 - START Le Bec, Verbier. Controlled police descent to Montagnier
09.30 - Groups released at timed intervals
11.30 - 12.30 - Relay change over and halfway point Espace Saint-Marc (parking and refreshments)
FINISH Croix de Coeur. (caution on the descent)
15.00 - 18.00 - Complimentary pasta party & drinks at Carrefour Restaurant. Prizes & awards. (Friends & family welcome).
Transport of Baggage & Dry Kit
You will be provided with a luggage label at the inscription at Le Bec or the changeover point in Le Chable. Any kit registered be transported to Carrefour restaurant for the pasta party unless requested otherwise to leave at Le Bec.
* Timings may vary
** The event organisers have the right to postpone the event in the case of bad weather. Therefore it is important you register all your details including a contact number.
Please register using the link below.
L'équipe du Verbier Gravel Challenge.
Gravel climbs, road descents
To explore the stunning Val de Bagnes area
Experience more on your road bike away from the traffic climbing on quiet farm and forest gravel tracks
BIKE & EQUIPMENT
Bring your road, gravel or cross bike
The course has been ridden and recce’d on a road bike with 25cc tyres
We recommend 25cc or above. You can also buy gravel specific tyres which are a bit more durable and resistance to puncturing than racing tyres. Maybe leave the carbon rims at home!
You will need spare inner tubes and be able to change punctures
PLEASE CHECK OUR PARTNERS PAGE FOR SPECIAL OFFERS ON BIKE SERVICES & BUYING GRAVEL TYRES
PARCOURS / THE ROUTE
3600 metres of vertical ascent
Download the route here: https://www.strava.com/routes/15562064
The Gravel climbs
Le Châble to Route du Soleil
Versegères to Bruson La Côt
Vollèges to Col du Tronc Col du Lein
La Tzoumaz to Croix de Coeur Summit finish
Start Verbier. Finish Croix de Coeur. Pasta Party, Prizes & Drinks at Carrefour Restaurant