Registration has opened for Septembers HotChillee Alpine Challenge and its been announced that former Tour de France winner, Stephen Roche, will be taking part.
The HotChillee Alpine Challenge is a three-stage ride which takes cyclists to the mountains of France and offers the chance to take on some of the climbs that dominate the Tour de France.
The HotChillee Alpine Challenge, on September 8th-12th, is cycling at its most exhilarating, covering 302km and nine major climbs from 630m to 1487m, with the event based in the breathtakingly beautiful lakeside town of Annecy in the French Alps. Entry costs £949 and includes four nights accommodation and transport between Geneva Airport and Annecy.
Just as you would expect from a HotChillee event, the Alpine Challenge comes with all the benefits enjoyed by riders on The Tour - a professional crew, technical support, rolling road closures and motorcycle outriders. All riders taking part have to do is conquer the three mountain road stages.
HotChillees Sven Thiele said: After the success of The London-Paris 2010 and the excitement of the current Tour de France, were expecting interest to be very high in our new Alpine Challenge. The location is spectacular and the cycling glorious. This is a serious and challenging endurance event.
Riding in two seeded groups for each of the three stages over three days, riders will tackle a timed section at the foot of each climb and return under escort as a group. The best timed rider will ride in the coveted King of the Mountains jersey the following day.
The event begins with registration and dinner on September 8th. The following day sees riders tackle the Col de Bluffy (630m) and the Col des Aravis (1487m). Day two includes the Col de Leschaux (900m), Col de Plainpalais (1174m) and the Col de la Cluze (1184m). The final day on the mountains means the Col de la Forclaz 1157m, the Col du Marais 843m, the Col de la Croix Fry 1477m and a return to the Col de Bluffy before the awards dinner in Annecy. Sunday, September 12th sees riders rest before their journey back to the UK via Geneva.