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ALPINE CHALLENGE

31 August - 4 September 2022

Whether you have polka-dot jersey ambitions, mountain goat aspirations or just want to tick off some of the iconic climbs of the Tour de France, do it with style and pro level support.

You’ll be timed on an Individual Time Trial and seeded into one of three ability groups, each supported by the Hotchillee Ride Captains and followed by a support vehicle and mechanic. Carefully selected lunches will be arranged each day where, along with delicious local food, you will also find one of our professional sports therapists to help tweak and pummel weary muscles back to life.

At the end of each day you can hand your bike to our mechanics for some TLC, our therapists will do the same for your body and then you can refuel by sampling the excellent wines and regional cuisine.

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334KM

Total Distance

9,800M

Total elevation

3

Num. days

ROAD

Terrain

4

Fitness*

4

Experience*

*This is based on 1 being a beginner and 5 being an expert.

334KM

Total Distance

9,800M

Total elevation

3

Num. days

ROAD

Terrain

4

Fitness*

4

Experience*

*This is based on 1 being a beginner and 5 benig an expert.

SPEAK TO OUR TEAM

If you have any questions or just need some advice why not book a call with one of our team members.

ROUTE

Morzine > Morzine

No soft launch for the Alpine Challenge 2021 – a seeding time trial and then two Hors catégorie (HC) climbs ending with the iconic Col de Joux Plane. At least the final 11km into Morzine is downhill!

 

Morzine > Megève

Just the small matter of the HC Col de la Colombière before lunch and then a two pronged assault on your legs from the Col de Croix Fry and Col des Aravis before finishing in Megève.

 

Megève > Megève

Three less well known but stunning Cols to conquer. Topping out the event on the Montee des Bisannes is a fitting end to your climbing odyssey.

PRICES & PACKAGES

INDIVIDUAL RIDER ENTRY

From £1,395

A regular entry ticket for one rider that’s travelling solo

Hotchillee Premium Members can access a 10% Early Bird Discount. If you are a Premium Member make sure you are logged in and you will find your discount code on the Membership Benefits page.

If you are not a Premium Member, join the gang

Early Bird Entries have sold out on this event.

  • 4 nights accommodation (twin sharing)
  • All meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Baggage and bike box forwarding
  • GPX files
  • Dedicated mechanics and technical support per group
  • 24-hour medic support
  • Dedicated support car per route
  • Hotchillee Ride Captain support
  • Sports therapists at start line, lunch, event hotels
  • Digital photo and event video coverage
  • Event t-shirt
  • Finishers medal
  • Celebration dinner
  • Hotchillee Free Membership including access to the private event group in the Hotchillee Companion App. Here you will be able to chat directly to the Hotchillee team as well as your fellow riders as we prepare for the event together.

Upgrades

If you’re already taking part in the Alpines Challenge? Click here to purchase additional event upgrades.

Don’t fancy sharing with another rider? Upgrade to a single room for the duration of the event.

We’ll transfer your fully built bike to and from the start line.

Bike drop off/ Pick up from Imber Court, Esher, Surrey.
 
This service is being provided by European Cycle Events. Bikes will be covered up to £5,000, any extra insurance will cost £5 per additional £1,000 or part of. Cover is for Total Loss only.
 
Participants are asked to check their bike insurance covers when the bike is handed to a third party.

ITINERARY

You’ll be met at the Geneva arrivals gate by the Hotchillee team and driven 1.5 hours to the event hotel. Mechanics will be on hand to help build bikes, sports therapists to iron out any niggles and the Ride Captains to answer any last minute questions. Once you’ve collected your Rider Pack there should be time for a short spin, grab a coffee or join your fellow riders for a quick beer before the Rider Welcome Dinner.

We’ll leave Morzine for a steady 6km warm up to the bottom of the Col de la Joux Verte and the Individual Time Trial. Don’t be fooled by the first 1km of the climb, the following 9.6km has an average gradient of 7%, with an interesting kick in the middle! After a quick coffee at the top you’ll be allocated into one of three ability groups and descend the 12km towards two of the most beautiful Cols in the area Col de l’Ecrenaz and Col de la Ramaz.
Lunch will be at a traditional restaurant in Sommand where the food is well earned and sports therapists waiting. Re-fueled and ready to go there’s 17km of flat before the final climb of the day, the HC rated Col de la Joux Plane. At 11.4km and average gradient of 9%, this will be a big test for tired legs, but the reward of an 11km descent back to Morzine and the hotel bar awaits.


TOUR DE FRANCE APPEARANCES:
COL DE LA JOUX VERTE – 2
COL DE LA RAMAZ – 3
COL DE JOUX PLANE – 11

With yesterday’s effort in your legs you’ll appreciate the first real climb of the day not coming until 32km, the HC rated Col de la Colombière. With 14km at 7% average make sure you save something in the tank for the top, the last kilometres are 9%, 10% and 11%! After regrouping at the summit, we’ll descend into lunch at a local alpine restaurant for a light lunch of typical regional food and the halfway point of the day. What follows will be familiar territory for anyone who rode the Hotchillee Alpine Challenges from Annecy with the afternoon’s double header including the Col de la Croix Fry followed by a short descent into the Col des Aravis. With the final kilometre of the final climb at 4% there’s the possibility of some big ring sprinter’s efforts for the final bragging rights of Stage 2. The stage finishes in Megève where your luggage will be waiting and a brand new hotel bar to check out before dinner!

TOUR DE FRANCE APPEARANCES:
COL DE LA COLOMBIERE – 22
COL DE LA CROIX FRY – 4
COL DES ARAVIS – 40

The sloping descent from Megève will give you the perfect chance to warm up the legs before the first climb of the day, the Col des Saisies. Don’t be fooled by the 5% average, the first few kilometres reach up to 8% followed by a 3km false flat to recover before the push to the top. From the summit, we’ll take the rural route to Beaufort but there’s the small matter of the Col du Pre/ Col de Meraillet before then. Only used by the Tour de France once due to the steep descent, the 12km climb offers stunning views of the Lac de Roseland to help take your mind off the legs. We’ll soon drop down to ride along the Dam before the 1.5km ascent of the Col de Meraillet and the sweeping 11km descent into lunch.
After lunch, the Grand Finale of the event beckons, the Montee des Bisannes. Cresting here, we return 5km to Col des Saisies, have a quick celebratory coffee and cake before descending back to Megève for a well earned beer and the celebration dinner.

TOUR DE FRANCE APPEARANCES:
COL DES SAISIES – 3
COL DU PRE – 1
MONT BISANNE – 2

The early risers can enjoy a social spin to clear any cobwebs, but make sure your bike is packed and you’re ready to jump on the airport transfer for 12:00. You’ll be dropped at the airport for 13:30 so plan to book a return flight with plenty of time to check in.

ACCOMMODATION

MORZINE

We’ll spend the first 2 nights in the mountain village of Morzine where you’ll receive a warm Savoyard welcome at a carefully selected 4* hotel.  A cosy family run venue with a comforting mix of tradition and friendliness it’s the perfect start to your Alpine adventure. 

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Megève

Your last two nights are in a traditional 3* Alpine hotel in the centre of Megève.

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QUOTES

“The Hotchillee Alpine Challenge is the best thing I’ve ever done on a bike.”
Rob Hoyles
Cycling Plus

FAQ

  • 4 nights accommodation (twin sharing with another rider)
  • All meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Baggage and bike box forwarding
  • GPX files
  • Dedicated mechanics and technical support per group
  • 24-hour medic support
  • Dedicated support car per route
  • Hotchillee Ride Captain support
  • Sports therapists at start line, lunch, event hotels
  • Digital photo and event video coverage
  • Event t-shirt
  • Finishers medal
  • Celebration dinner
  • Access to the event group in the Hotchillee Companion App

You must be 18 years or older on 30 August 2022.
As there is a lot of climbing and descending involved you will need a good level of fitness.
If you are in doubt as to your fitness then we recommend you have a medical check-up before registering.

The nearest and recommended airport is Geneva Airport. Transfers are included in your entry and times are as follows:
Wednesday 16 June 2021: Transfer from Geneva Airport at 13:00 (transfer approx 1.5hrs. Includes luggage and bike box*)
Sunday 20 June 2021: Transfer from Event Hotel to Geneva Airport at 12:00 (transfer arrives at Geneva Airport at 13:30. Includes luggage and bike box*)

If it’s been on your bucket list to climb some Cols, or you’re missing the call of the mountains, now is your chance to join us!
Hotchillee can transport your E-bike to / from the UK and take all of the stress out of travelling. This is an available add-on.

The event is restricted to roadworthy road bicycles or E-bikes only. If you are in any doubt then contact the organisers whose decision is final. The ride takes place on tarred or cobbled roads.
Note that no bicycle is permitted to have unconventional handlebars including triathlon bars, aero bars, clip-ons, prayer bars, and cow bars.

Yes! We ask that all riders take out travel insurance.

If Hotchillee cancel the event for any reason not listed in the conditions of sale, your entry fee is fully refundable.
If the event is postponed due to COVID-19, your entry will automatically be transferred to the new date. If you can’t make the new dates, you’ll receive a credit to use against any other Hotchillee multi-day event. The credit expires on 1 July 2022. If you have not used the credit by the expiry date, you’ll receive a refund equal to the original booking amount.

If for any reason you need to cancel your entry there are several options available: 

  1. You are able to nominate a substitute rider for your entry (up to 30 days before the event start date).
  2. You may defer your entry as a credit towards another HotChillee event in the same or following calendar year (up to 12 weeks before the event start date).
  3. You are entitled to the following refund on your entry:
 
  • 17 Weeks + before the Event start date: 66% refund of the full entry fee paid including any extra services and upgrades
  • 13-16 weeks before the Event start date: 33% refund of the full entry fee paid including any extra services and upgrades
  • 0-12 weeks before the Event start date: 0% refund of the full entry fee paid including any extra services and upgrades
  • If you are not able to travel due to COVID-19 click here for our COVID-19 Guarantee 

To cancel your entry, please contact info@hotchillee.com

Click here for our COVID-19 Guarantee 

SPEAK TO OUR TEAM

If you have any questions or just need some advice why not book a call with one of our team members.

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GLEN WHITTINGTON

Glen is usually behind the scenes making sure that the Hotchillee Ride Captains and event participants have fully functioning bicycles to ride but he occasionally makes an appearance in front of the camera to share his wisdom. If he’s not fixing or building bikes he’ll be out riding in #SweetSussex. If you want to know anything about Cyclocross, Glen is the man to ask.

Website: www.aeightbikeco.com

Instagram: @aeightracer

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