CC6 Northern Alps

4 to 10 July

A totally new concept for 2022. SIX full-on CCC stages with a Rest Day after stage three. A real ‘Bucket List’ ride with names such as the Croix de Fer, Alpe d’Huez, Madeleine, Cormet de Roseland, Semnoz, Sarenne, Croix Fry, Saisies, Arpettaz, and so on!

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The Stages

Stage 1

Grenoble Loop

172kms / 3800m

Main climbs:
Pré Coquet, La Machine, Chaud Clapier.

Such is the grandeur and beauty of the Vercors landscape that a loop stage devoted entirely to this region just HAD to be part of this journey! Gorges, rocky skylines, deserted roads. This opening stage will disappoint no one.

Stage 2

Grenoble to Belley

190kms / 5500m

Main climbs:
Porte, Granier, Mont du Chat

After a long climb up into and through the Chartreuse region this stage takes us into the Ain - an area often visited by the Tour de France but not as known as it should be. The quality of riding is quite superb. Then there is this road often called "the hardest climb in the Alps". One that takes us up to the Mont du Chat. The views over the Bourget Lake are a small comfort for the relentless unforgiving gradient!

Stage 3

Belley to Annecy

184kms / 4940m

Main climbs:
Grand Colombier, Biche, Sapennay, Semnoz-Chatillon

More Tour de France classics here. Perhaps the toughest stage of the event. The Grand Colombier is known as the King of the Ain. With Mont Blanc views at the top and a superbly carved road above the Lake Bourget, it's pretty special. The Semnoz climb offers a no less impressive finale to this Big day Out!

Rest Day

Annecy.

It's lake, it's historic town centre, it's cafés..... Enjoy!

Stage 4

Annecy to Albertville.

192kms / 5380m

Main climbs:
Semnoz (N), Forclaz de Montmin, Bluffy, Plan Bois, Croix Fry, Aravis, Arpettaz.

Perhaps the ultimate way of riding the Best of the Aravis Massif. Tour de France icons all day, capped by the lesser known but perhaps even more impressive Arpettaz climb. This stage also features in the Classic Alps but it is such a perfect ( and very tough) day on the bike, there is no point in changing anything. Option for a shorter version of this stage.

Stage 5

Albertville to St Jean de Maurienne

200kms / 5750m

Main climbs:
Cyclotouristes, Cormet de Roseland, Madeleine

This tough stage opens with a lesser known but nonetheless remarkable climb before we take a more familiar route up to the outstanding Cormet de Roseland. Down through Bourg St Maurice and via a couple of quieter climbs before we finish with the mighty Col de Madeleine. Option for a shorter version of this stage.

Stage 6

St Jean de M to Grenoble.

183kms / 4950m

Main climbs:
Mollard, Col de la Croix de Fer, Alpe d'Huez, Col Luitel, Chamrousse

A final serving of Alpine Classics here. The Croix de Fer is climbed via the quieter road up to the Col de Mollard; the Alpe d'Huez via Villard-Reculas. Then the formidable Chamrousse climb above St Martin d'Uraige offers a superb finale as does it's sweeping 28km descent!