Road Cycling Events in Verbier: Romandie Classic & Tour de France
Verbier and the Valais maybe better known for its off-road mountain biking terrain in the cycling community rather than its road cycling but the Valais and surrounding Swiss and French resorts boast a great deal of challenging and truly stunning road cycling. So whether you just happen to be in Verbier, are intrigued to know more or are a like minded fan of donning lycra and taking to the devastating climbs and thrilling descents with two wheels firmly on the road here's a roundup of the events taking place locally for you to spectate or even get involved!
So perhaps when the Tour de France is mentioned the Swiss Valais might not be the first destination to spring to mind but this year's TDF will pass straight through the heart of the Valais and Trient Valley on Wednesday 20th July. The world's biggest and most famous cycling race will depart from the Swiss capital of Bern the competitors will make their way across Switzerland taking on the many challenging yet beautiful climbs and cols between Martigny and the Forclaz pass. The 17th stage of the event will finally arrive in Finhaut-Emosson after having just completed 185 km juts in sight of the spectacular Emosson dam beneath the backdrop of the Mont Blanc Massif itself. If you happen to be in Verbier it is definitely one not to be missed, even just to witness the staggeringly huge amount of logistics required in terms of number of team support crew, vehicles, media and officials. Let alone the unworldly speeds these super humans are able to travel at by pedal power and drafting alone! Find more information about the 17th stage of the TDF on their website here.
For those wishing to get involved themselves rather than just spectate then there is always the Romandie Classic. A fantastic road biking event open to the public. Bike lovers and cycle tourists from across the globe can take on the Tour de Romandie cycle race and see what a cycle tour is all about.
Cycling part of the professional Tour de Romandie stage from Aigle to Leysin, Verbier covering a distance of 62.3 km of which 14.2 km timed hundreds of cyclists get to experience what it's like to be a professional cyclist first hand. Cyclist will have to climb up from 385 m above sea level to a cheeky 1,476m to complete the event. You can sign up to participate here, or visit the Romandie Classic website for more information.