The HotChillee Alpine Challenge
31 August – 4 September 2022
Here you’ll find all info and final preparations for the Hotchillee Alpine Challenge 2022. Please read carefully.
Wednesday 31 August and Thursday 1 September – Champs Fleuris Hotel, 231 route du téléphérique, 74110, Morzine +33 450 79 14 44
Friday 2 and Saturday 3 September – Les Loges Blanche, 500 route de la Plaine, 74120, Megève +33 450 47 37 30
All riders are invited to book our airport transfer on Wednesday 31 August. The transfer will leave Geneva airport at 11:45. Please note the transfer is approximately 2 hours. You will be met by the Hotchillee crew 45 minutes before the transfer departure. We will be situated outside The Hub cafe which is to the left as you walk out of arrivals. You will then be taken by coach to the event hotel in Morzine.
Date:Wednesday 31 August 2022
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Location: Champs Fleuris Hotel, 231 route du téléphérique, 74110, Morzine +33 450 79 14 44
What you get
- Top tube stickers (showing the profile for each stage)
- Rider Number
- Bike Frame Number
- Name Frame Sticker x 2
- Hub Stickers x 2 with rider number
- Luggage label
- Bike Box label (if required)
- HotChillee Alpine Challenge 2022 rider t-shirt
- Musette/day bag and tag
The Rider Briefing will take place at 18:30 at the hotel bar. A buffet dinner will follow directly after.
A challenging *4 difficulty event in the beautiful, cycling paradise of the French Alps. There will be 3 speed/ability groups (Group 1 21-23kph, Group 2 17-19kph and Group 3 14-16+kph).
Each group will have a dedicated support vehicle, mechanic and ride captains.
Lunch is included every day en route and regular water/feed stops will be provided.
A fully trained paramedic will be supporting the event throughout, along with a team of sport massage therapists.
Thursday 1 September – ITT & Stage 1
4 climbs – Col de la Joux Verte (ITT), Col de l’Encrenaz, Col de la Ramaz, Col de Joux Plane. 108km. 3186m.
The event will start with an individual time trial to enable you to be seeding in the correct speed/ability group. For the remainder of the event you will ride in the group that you have been seeded in.
All groups return to our event hotel in Morzine. Dinner locally.
Friday 2 September – Stage 2
3 climbs – Col de la Colombière, Col de la Croix Fry, Col des Aravis. 114km. 3170m
We will finish in Megeve. All luggage and bike boxes will be transferred for you during the day and taken to our hotel, Les Loges Blanche, 500 route de la Plaine, 74120, Megève +33 450 47 37 30
Dinner will be at the event hotel.
Saturday 3 September – Stage 3
4 climbs – Col des Saisies, Col du Pré, Col de Méraillet, Montée de Bisanne. 112km. 3444m.
For the final day we return to the event hotel in Megeve. Where well deserved cold beers will be waiting for you and a celebration dinner.
The groups will be led by the Hotchillee Ride Captains. The Ride Captains will navigate and set a pace to keep the group together, ensuring a smooth passage. Each group will have a dedicated support vehicle in radio contact with the ride captains. Water, basic nutrition (banana, cake etc) and a track pump will be provided on the support vehicle. You will also have access to your musette here. Each group has a mechanic supporting them en route. Medical assistance is provided along the routes in a roving vehicle.
To ensure that everyone arrives back at the event hotel safe and with sufficient time to enjoy the evening, particularly on Stage 3, a cut-off average pace has been set at 14kph. Specific cut off times for each Stage will be communicated by the ride captains; they will suggest that you take a ride in the support vehicle if you are falling behind this schedule or if you are not able to complete the course within the prescribed time.
Precise start times for each Stage and Group will be provided at the rider briefing and on the event information board at the hotels each day.
FAQ & Guidelines
We recommend that all riders take out travel insurance as the tour involves multi geography riding. If you have booked the bike transportation option, you are responsible for ensuring your bike is insured.
For UK residence, if you have an UK European Health Card (EHIG) it will be valid until the expiry date on the card. Once it expires, you’ll need to apply for a GHIC to replace it. The UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) lets you get state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. To apply for a GHIC, click here. However, please note that the GHIC or EHIG do not replace travel insurance.
The ride is managed by Event Director. Any decision by the Event Director is final.
Helmets complying with international safety standards are compulsory for the duration of the ride.
Closed cycling shoes (no fancy sandals), shorts and jerseys are also recommended for your safety. It is recommended that you take three sets of cycling kit and a plastic bag for the dirty clothes!
At this time of the year in the French Alps the daytime temperature is 12-19 Deg Celsius. Bear in mind that the morning can be cooler as well as the fact that at altitude (1500m plus) it can be 10C cooler than the town.
Be sure to include a lightweight rain jacket and warmjacket – with global warming you never know! Post riding, (and evening wear) dress is casual.
For safety reasons they are not permitted whilst riding.
If you require items during the day please use the Musettes as provided by the service vehicle.
You will be able to access your musette at the lunch stop and the finish of each day. You are given a coloured rider number tag to attach to your musette.
Every care will be taken to ensure that the musettes are safeguarded. However, cyclists are advised not to leave expensive, valuable items in their musettes, as the organisers cannot take responsibility for any losses.
We have a full mechanic service on the event which is provided by Graeme Freestone-King. The service runs from fully fitted vans and thus most repairs will able to be facilitated. The service is available to deal with bike repairs/ failures and problems. There will also be spare bikes and wheels. A mechanic service vehicle will follow each speed group and will be in radio contact with the Ride Captains.
There is also mechanical support in the evenings for emergencies.
Let’s hope that you do not puncture! Please try and ensure that you are using new tyres and tubes as this greatly reduces the chance of puncture. The mechanics / ride captains will be on hand to assist with simple punctures . We strongly recommend your bike is fully serviced before the event.
Your first two tubes are free, after this we use a ‘chit’ system. All you need to do is sign for the items and your credit card will be charged after the event.
There will be a minimum of three Groups, as follows:
Group 1: 21-23 kph
Group 2: 17-19 kph
Group 3: 14-16 kph
The Time Trial will determine what Group you willride in.
For each Stage a light lunch is provided. The support vehicles will also be well stocked with bananas and cereal bars. We recommend that you carry enough nutrition to get you to lunch and place what you need for the afternoon in your musette.
We have 2 x sports therapists joining us. They will be available at lunch and event hotel in the afternoon post ride. Treatments are on a first come first served basis.
Each Stage profile is detailed on the top tube stickers you will receive at Sign On. The route is not signed.
You will be led by the ride captains with a support vehicle following. The route is open to traffic, and you are warned to keep to the right of the road in France, not cross the centre line at any time and to obey traffic regulations and traffic officers.
On Stage 2 the event moves from Morzine to Megeve. All luggage and bike boxes will be transferred to Les Loges Blanche, 500 route de la Plaine, 74120 in Megeve. Please ensure luggage and bike box tags are secured (you will be given these at Sign On). We will advise you where you need to leave these on the day.
Airport transfers on Sunday 4 September
All riders are invited to book the airport transfer on Sunday 4 September. The transfer will leave from Megeve at 12:00 to Geneva airport. Please note the journey is approximately 1.5 hours.
– Passport (Visa)
– EHIG or GHIG card
– Cell phone
– Telephone charger
– Travel adaptor
– Cash – Euro’s
– Credit Card
- Sun cream
- Sun block
- Chamois cream
- Lip balm
- Pain killers
- Anti diarrhoea
- Anti inflammatory
- Salt tablets
- Deep Heat or arnica/warm up and cool down creams
- HRM and strap
- Plastic bag for dirty cycle kit
- Spare tubes
- Multi tool
- Tyre levers
- CO2 inflator
- Value extenders
- Water bottles
- Favourite gels, drink powders and energy bars
- Fresh legs!