Big loop

The most alpine course in the UCI Gravel series

Departing from Villars, the route takes participants into the heart of the Vaud Alps. The 102-kilometer loop links the pastures of Villars, Les Diablerets and Gryon, through gravel sections and quiet mountain roads.

The route leaves Villars on the asphalt road before the first slopes appear on a 4×4 track towards Les Chaux in the Gryon ski area. Along the way, you'll pass the Solalex and Frience refuges, where it's a good idea to grab a bite to eat on a Sunday outing. You then head for Taveyanne, a hamlet listed as a historic monument. Shortly before the summit of the Col de la Croix, you branch off in the direction of Ensex, where a pretty singletrack and then a gravel road take you to the Col de Bretaye, the highest point of this route.

You then descend along a forest road until you reach the resort of Les Diablerets and its Sports Park. You then climb up towards the authentic village of La Forclaz, before a long, steep descent takes you back to the plains. In Aigle, on the doorstep of the UCI headquarters, a completely flat section begins along the Rhône, 15km long. A clever mix of small farm roads, forest roads and easy singletrack requires regular changes of pace.

To reach the finish line in Villars, you first climb towards Panex on the forest gravel road to Les Ecovets. These last 15 kilometers of ascent are already shaping up to be the judge of this UCI Gravel World Series alpine event.

Qualifications for the 2024 UCI Gravel World Championships

Do you dream of competing alongside Wout Van Aert, Matej Mohorič or Alejandro Valverde?? Finish in the top top 25% in your age category (this only applies to elite men and men aged between 19 and 59, as well as elite women and women aged between 19 and 49) and earn your qualification to compete for the coveted rainbow jersey at the 2024 UCI Gravel World Championships.

102km

Timed KM to cover

2600m+ (6,000ft)

positive vertical drop over 5 climbs
9.9% average gradient

VILLARS

Place du Rendez-Vous

07h30

Start time: Saturday, July 6, 2024

The GPX is not definitive and may be modified by the organizer up to the moment of departure. Information on any changes to the route will be communicated by email and on social networks.

VILLARS

Followed by the Finisher Village in Villars

Scratch | 19-34years | 35-39years | 40-44years | 45-49years | 50-54years | 55-59years | 60-64years | 65-69years | 70-74years | 75-79years

Scratch | 19-34years | 35-39years | 40-44years | 45-49years | 50-54years | 55-59years | 60-64years | 65-69years | 70-74years | 75-79years