Looking for a new challenge? We can say with near certainty that more than 97% of our readers have never climbed the - still fairly new - Col de la Loze.

Therefore, we also dare – with firm certainty of later satisfaction for our readers – to offer this golden tip: Discover the Gran Fondo Col de la Loze, the highly anticipated cycling event organised by Brides-les-Bains on 28 July! Whether you are a seasoned cyclist or an amateur, there are routes for all levels.

We go back very briefly to 19 July 2023 and the 17th stage of the Tour de France, which goes over the Col de la Loze and arrives in Courchevel. Felix Gal wins the stage from the long breakaway, but in the background the unexpected happens. Tadej Pogačar, who had received a right around the jaw from Vingegaard the stage before, now suffers a double uppercut. Tadej can no longer get a grip on the unleashed Vingegaard and is completely destroyed on the Col de la Loze….

© Philippe Bachelier
© V-Vion

The event in the 2023 Tour de France, adds even more dimension to the already legendary col and makes the Gran Fondo Col de la Loze one of France’s most imaginative cyclosportive tours. For fanatics, a course of 117 kilometres with no less than 4,377 altimeters, awaits you. Test your stamina and admire the breathtaking panoramas of the French Alps. The route includes two ascents of the Col de la Loze, once via Courchevel and once via Méribel, offering participants an epic challenge.

For those who prefer a less intense challenge, there are the shorter but equally spectacular routes. Choose between the 54-kilometre route with 2,424 altimeters or the 46-kilometre route with 2,141 altimeters. Both routes are also accessible for electric bikes. Whatever you choose, you are guaranteed an exceptional cycling experience.

Take up the challenge, share your passion and be part of this fantastic cycling adventure in the heart of the French Alps.  You can register for the Gran Fondo Col de la Loze on the organisation’s website www.coldelalozebyblb.com

Date: Sunday 28 July 2024


– 117 kilometres – 4377 altimeters

– 54 kilometres – 2424 altimeters

– 46 kilometres – 2141 altimeters

© Left: V-Vion, right top: V-Vion, right bottom: Benjamin Souriac

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