Alp yourself to a challenge…
The company behind the ‘posh’ London-Paris cyclosportive have revealed another event for 2011. HotChilee’s Alpine Challenge offers four ‘Tour de France’ stages in the, erm, Alps and should be awesome.Using the same formula as London-Paris the Alpine Challenge is based out of the lakeside town of Annecy in the Savoie and will see riders tackle a series of mountain stages (approximately 110-120km per day). This of course promises breathtaking scenery and riding but as riders will also enjoy rolling road closures, motorbike outriders, lead vehicles, seeded groups commensurate with ability and support from a professional crew including masseurs, mechanics and Mavic neutral service it’s as close as being pro as any of us are likely to get
Following a stunning warm-up ride around Lake Annecy on arrival, the event starts with a 10km mountain time trial which is used to seed riders into the appropriate Groups. Thereafter comes 3 mountain stages crossing some of the infamous mountain stages such as the Cols des Aravis. Each day there is a flagged timed climb, of which the aggregate time determines the Sigma Leaders Jersey (male and female) for the next stage.
Ex-Tour de France winner Stephen Roche, who cycled the event in 2010, was effusive about his experience at last years Alpine Challenge, stating, “The experience of riding The Alpine Challenge brought back all the feelings of that crazy La Plagne mountain top stage in 1987 when I won the Tour de France. The most real it can get for an amateur.”
Alpine Challenge director Sven Thiele is excited about the prospect of this year’s event, which will once again take in some of the greatest bike riding country in the world, he states, “We were blown-away by the response to the inaugural event in 2010, people genuinely felt that the challenging environment and the event logistics made the event feel very much like a Continental stage race.
The Alpine Challenge 2011 takes place from the 7th-11th of September. Registration opens on February 23 and more information can be found at www.thealpinechallenge.com
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