New in 2018, the Look Marmotte Gran Fondo Valais is in addition to the already impressive Look Marmotte Series. Billed as a sportive on a par with the more established Look Marmotte Alpes.
You have plenty of choices of routes. The mighty lung busting Tour des Stations at 220km, the Look Marmotte Gran Fondo Valais or you can do it in a relay with friends. The finish line is the ski station of Verbier, famous for the incredible climbing skills of Alberto Contador in the 2009 Tour de France.
Two nights will be spent in Crans-Montana staying near the start-line of the Granfondo Valais on Saturday 10th August. Your luggage will be transported to the hotel in Verbier near the finish line so your bags are ready in your hotel.
Day 0 - Thursday 8 August - Arrive Switzerland
Depending on arrival time, check in at the hotel and bike building before welcome drinks and dinner in the hotel and introductions. A quick chat about the plan for the following day before a delicious typical Swiss dinner and a few local Swiss wines.
Day 1 - Friday 9 August
We will enjoy a gentle spin a long the river Rhone and through the vine yards of Valais, with maybe a gentle climb thrown in. The aim is to spin the legs and loosen things up for the challenge the following day. There will be time after the ride to visit the town and look around the race village in the Roman town of Martigny. The rest of the afternoon will be free for you to relax, make use of the hotel spa and make final preparations for the race. A briefing about the course, weather forecast and specific details of the event will be given just before tucking into a dinner to fuel you up for the big challenge. Bags should be packed ready to depart the next morning.
Day 2 - Saturday 10 August - RACE DAY - Tour des Stations or Look Marmotte Granfondo Valais
Distances: Tour des Stations 220km, Look Marmotte Gran Fondo Valais - 130km, Medium - 50km
Elevation Gain: Very long 7,000m, Long - 4,500m, Medium - 2,200m
Major Climbs: Ovronnaz 9.9km 8.7% , Anzère 17km 6% , Col de Crans-Montana 12.9km 6.5%, Vercorin 7.9km 9.9%, Nax 6.7km 5.9%, Saint-Martin 5.6km 5.2%, Les Collons 8.5km 6.9%, Nendaz 9km 6.2%, Col de la Croix-de-Cœur 14.7km 7.5%
The hotel will serve a large breakfast to fuel you for the day’s challenge. A short warm-up ride to the race start area for a pre-race espresso if you so wish. After an enjoyable race (hopefully), cold drinks and recovery food will be available. It will provide the perfect chance to recover and re-live the experiences with your fellow group riders. A re-energising shower and stretch back at the hotel before heading out into town for a post event dinner and drinks.
Day 3 - Sunday 11 August
A post race day cycle or a relax and walk around Verbier before your transfer back to Geneva airport.
Tour des Stations or Look Marmotte Granfondo Valais race entry
Transfers between relevant train stations. (Private transfers from the airport can be organised for group bookings).
Warmup rides and pre race support
Experienced and knowledgeable staff
Complimentary OTE energy drinks and nutrition
Kudos Cycling welcome pack
Branded Katusha Cycling jersey
Luggage transfer between Crans-Montana (start) and Verbier (finish).
Prices from £1,100 per person
Single or double occupancy available
Deposit – 50% required 120 days prior to the event to confirm your place. Please confirm if you would like to go ahead with the booking and an invoice with deposit information will be sent.