Granfondo Col de la Loze by Brides-les-Bains 2023

In Brief

In collaboration with CycloWorld , we offer a preparation trip in the French Alps for the next big thing in cycloland: the Granfondo Col de la Loze by Brides-les-Bains. An event with a double climb of the most difficult climb in France: the Col de la Loze. You will stay in a super location for cycling vacations. In the center of Vallandry lies the small-scale 4-star vacation park of Villaparcs. A perfect accommodation for your preparation and of course the granfondo itself.

- Participation in the unique Granfondo Col de la Loze by Brides-les-Bains (on July 16)
- Travel on half board basis
- Follow car and support with bikewash
- Accommodation in luxury chalets and possibility of extension to see Tour de France live!
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July 13, 2023 / July 17, 2023
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6 days
450 km
Incl. lodging

Additional options

Sports massage

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Medical examination required

A medical examination is required for the trip! Make an appointment at Ancora Health. They have a Health studio in both Eindhoven and Amsterdam. For this trip a minimum of a sports medical report is required. Our advice is to go for at least "Basic Plus" but we always advise to go for an extensive sports medical examination (USMO). Ancora is affiliated with SMI Federation and SCAS certified. This means that you can get money back from most Dutch health insurers for the Ancora packages. An average reimbursement is easily € 150, -. On the site of Ancora you can calculate your own reimbursement.

Early check-in full board

Do you want to start your cycling vacation well rested? That's possible; make use of our early check-in and arrive a day earlier. This offer includes dinner, overnight stay and breakfast.



Late check-out full board

You can book an extra day with this trip. We will make sure that you can enjoy an extra day and that on the original departure day you can enjoy dinner in the evening and a delicious breakfast in the morning the day after.



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In cooperation with CycloWorld we are offering a fantastic cycling trip to the Granfondo Col de la Loze by Brides-les-Bains. If you really want a new challenge then this event is really for you! In 2023, the fourth edition will be organized; by corona it has not yet become widely known but from 2023 this beautiful mountain will be in the 2023 Tour de France again! The distance is 117 kilometers with 4377 altimeters. But make no mistake, this cyclo is not inferior to La Marmotte or Les Trois Ballons. According to CycloWorld, it has everything to become a true classic.

With this preparation trip you will explore the high cols in this beautiful area and of course the course of the cyclo. This way you will be fully prepared at the start. With our Living like a pro package you lack nothing.
By the way, the Tour de France comes live on Thursday, July 19, if you want to stay longer we can take care of this.

By the way, there are also shorter distances of 53, 46 and 30 kilometers. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with riding any of these distances. Everyone is welcome.

The granfondo

The Granfondo Col de la Loze by Brides-les-Bains is still small in scale at the moment, but CycloWorld is convinced that this will soon change. The course is too special; this cyclo will sooner or later become a classic. The Col de la Loze, which you climb twice, is the most difficult climb in France. A name every cyclist wants to have on their bucket list. Moreover, there are big plans to develop the area of Les 3 Vallées into the cycling hotspot of France in the coming years.

After the start in Brides-les-Bains, the route leads towards Moûtiers where the first climb starts towards La Thuile. Some tricky passages will not be an obstacle for fresh legs. You ride on a balcony with grandiose views of the valley; don't forget to enjoy. After a short descent, the first ascent of the Col de la Loze follows from Brides-les-Bains via Meribel. In total it is 22.5 km of climbing, the last 7 km of which are car-free. Count on extremely steep passages, take your lightest gear. After you have passed the col you descend to the valley via Courchevel. Now follows the third climb of the day towards Champagney-la-Vanoise. For those who are still fresh, there is much to enjoy here. A short descent is the introduction to the final chord: the second climb to the Col de la Loze. This time via Courchevel. Also 22.5 km, but numerically slightly less difficult. It's still over 1700 meters that you have to overcome with tired legs. And again, the hardest parts are saved for the last 7 km. Finishing on the col is of course a beautiful ending. You have then really put down an achievement of stature.

There are also shorter distances: 53, 46 and 30 kilometers. If you want to ride those, of course you can. Or you can take your cycling buddy with you, who doesn't have to do extreme performances anymore. Enjoyment is paramount this week, each at his own level.

Attention! For French cyclosportives there is the legal requirement of a medical certificate or license. All information about this granfondo can be found on CycloWorld. It is possible to make an appointment directly with partner ANCORA Health to schedule an appointment for a medical certificate.


Col de la Loze

The story of the Col de la Loze is a special one. Les 3 Vallées is known as the largest contiguous ski area in the world. As the name suggests, it is three separate valleys that are not connected by a road. Cyclists could only ride back and forth in one of the valleys until a few years ago. In 2019, that changed. That's when the Col de la Loze was opened as a connection between Meribel and Courchevel. It is a downright spectacular cycling experience. Go figure: the road is completely car-free, there is super asphalt and the scenery is breathtaking. Fully equipped for cyclists. From either side it is about 7 kilometers of cycling to the col at 2304 meters. Because the road is built over existing unpaved mountain bike trails there are extremely challenging passages in it.

By the way, the total climb is much longer, because from the valley you first have to climb more than 15 kilometers to get to Meribel or Courchevel. So from either side it is 22.5 kilometers cycling from the valley to the top. The first part you ride on an ordinary road with cars. These roads are well paved and have percentages between 6 and 9%. So doable. Once in Meribel or Courchevel starts the car-free piece to the col. Literally a unique experience, you will find this nowhere in the world.

In 2020, this new climb immediately debuted in the Tour, and it is reported that the extremely steep col will once again be the setting for a Tour finish in 2023.


Further developments

What not many people know is that Col de la Loze is just the beginning of a much larger project. Last year, that plan was halted by corona, but now the French have resumed asphalting. In September 2021, the climb to La Tougnète was realized, following the same concept as the Col de la Loze. The correspondent of CycloWorld followed it closely and made a report.

The preparation for the granfondo

In the days before the granfondo we make sure you are fully prepared at the start. Of course we will do a course reconnaissance on the Col de la Loze. An important part of the preparation. And we have a super ride for you: a circuit over the Col du Pré and Cormet de Roselend, one of the most beautiful cols in France. On top of the Col du Pré you have a fabulous view of the Lac de Roselend. An absolute photo opportunity. Download the route.

Where do you stay?

In the French Alps a super location to for cycling vacations in the mountains. In the center of Vallandry is a small-scale 4-star vacation park of Villaparcs. The luxury chalets and apartments are located near Brides-les-Bains, also known as the Les Arcs ski area. During your cycling vacation in the French Alps, all facilities are at your disposal. Enjoy the restaurant and be pampered after a bike ride. The park is about 9 hours drive from Eindhoven.

Vallandry is a ski village in the French winter sports areaLes Arcs, part of Paradiski. It is located on the territory of the municipality of Landry in the department of Savoie. Vallandry was built in the 1980s to complement Plan Peisey which is located just south of it, in Peisey-Nancroix. Vallandry opened in the winter of 1986. The Peisey-Vallandry ski area has since been fully integrated into Les Arcs, which is located north and east of Peisey-Vallandry. Both Plan Peisey and Vallandry lie between 1550 and 1720 meters above sea level.

Do you think the trip is too short?

Do you have more time? Then you're in the right place, because the big cols are there for the taking in this area. What do you think of the legendary Col de la Madeleine? Or the Col de l'Iseran? With 2770 meters the highest official col of Europe. Or La Plagne, where Michael Boogerd won his legendary victory in 2002. All easily accessible from Vallandry.

With our Early check-in or Late check-out service you can book as many additional days as you like. And you don't have to worry about the routes, we deliver them as gpx files.

Program Wednesday, July 13 to Monday, July 17, 2023


The cycling program is subject to, among other things, weather conditions of course. We can adjust the program if necessary.

Day 1 - Wednesday, July 12
Travel day and afternoon arrival with tour, introduction, briefing and coffee at the Villaparcs site in Vallandry.
19:30: Dinner followed by briefing.

Day 2 - Thursday, July 13
08:30 a.m.: Breakfast.
09:30am: Departure from the bottom of the parking garage entrance.
Route reconnaissance Col de la Loze. For enthusiasts: La Tougnète.
19:30: Dinner followed by briefing.

Day 4 - Friday, July 14
08:30 a.m.: Breakfast.
09:30: Departure at the bottom of the parking lot entrance.
Queen's ride: Col du Tra, Col du Pré, Cormet de Roselend.
19:30h: Dinner followed by briefing.

Day 5 - Saturday, July 15
08:30 a.m.: Breakfast.
09:00am: Day of your choice: bike cleaning, leg loosening or lazing around.
14:00: For enthusiasts, a time trial to Pralognan-la-Vanoise from Brides-les-Bains (book in advance).
19:30: Dinner followed by briefing.

Day 5 - Sunday, July 16
05:00: Breakfast.
06:30h: With own transportation to the Granfondo Col de la Loze by Brides-les-Bains.
After the tour back by car to Vallandry.
19:30: Dinner followed by briefing.

Day 6 - Monday, July 17
07:00 am to 09:00 am: Breakfast.
We say goodbye and start our return journey.

During both the preparation rides and the granfondo, a follow car will be present. We will take spare parts, provide the necessary sports drinks, water and food along the way. At fixed locations during the cycling tours we will make a stop with food. A permanent tour guide is present during these tours.

The sporting aspect is suitable for anyone with a good physical condition. We take into account the differences between us, this is also normal in the mountains. The most important thing is that we will all have a great week of cycling. The accommodation and facilities are top, the surroundings are great!

Our service during the granfondo

  • Own care station.
  • Opportunity to drop off a bag of gear or water bottles at the care station or to leave gear behind.
  • Repair service: if you have a breakdown we will come and help you (not possible on the car-free part of Col de la Loze).
  • GPS tracking: we track our participants and know where everyone is.
  • Photo service: we take photos of our participants along the way.

What is included?

  • Entry fee and registration for the Granfondo Col de la Loze by Brides-les-Bains on July 16.
  • Living like a pro package powered by CycloWorld.
  • Accommodation on a half-board basis in luxury chalets (lunch from the support vehicle on the routes).
  • Mechanical support during the vacations.
  • Follow car or tour guide during the tours.
  • Bikewash; every day the bikes are cleaned and checked.
  • Sports massage; during your stay you may schedule one free sports massage. Would you like to schedule more massages? See additional services to book.
  • Bicycle clothing laundry service; after cycling, hang your clothes in the matching laundry bag at the reception. We'll make sure your laundry gets back to your room quickly and nice and clean!
  • Customized sports nutrition package.
  • Enclosed storage for bicycles.
  • Bicycle Workshop.
  • Parking garage for the car.
  • Towels.
  • Bedding.
  • Reservation fees.
  • Final Cleaning.

What is not included?

  • Transportation to accommodation.
  • Tourist tax € 2,55 p.p.p.n. to be paid on the spot.
  • Travel and cancellation insurance.
  • Rental of road bike.
  • Medical examination; request through Ancora Health and may be reimbursed through your insurance.
  • Registration for the time trial to Pralognan-la-Vanoise on Saturday.

Extra services can be booked

  • Sports massage from €59.95; schedule an extra well-deserved sports massage during the week. Recover better from your efforts.
  • Early check-in for €125 per day; start your preparation earlier and explore the cols in the area.
  • Late check-out for €125 per day; add a few days and enjoy the cols in the area in peace....
  • Bicycle navigationfor only € 25, - deliver a top product from Wahoo, the Elemnt Bolt V2. If you like this one you may take it over after the granfondo with a nice discount.

Book your own private luxury chalet or apartment. All accommodations have private bathrooms, good (single) beds and spacious livings and kitchens.

This trip can take place with the minimum number of registrations of 8 people. The organizer reserves the right to cancel the "Live Like a Professional" package for this trip if the minimum number of registrations is not met.

How do I register?

  • Directly through the link from CycloWorld
  • Directly with Cycle Travel through this website

Payment options

  • Pay directly via iDEAL, Credit Card, Bankcontact or payment in instalments via Klarna
  • On invoice; if you choose this option please pay 20% in advance

General Terms and Conditions


Location: Vallandry, Chalets de Vallandry (France)

It is very popular with winter sports enthusiasts and in summer by cyclists. The roads with are suitable for gravel riding, mountain biking and on the road bike the Col de la Loze is within reach.

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Guarantee Fund

Explanation sports level


1star: beginner 50km2star
: above beginner 60km3star
: average 70km4star
: advanced 100km5star
: pro 160km

Road bike:

1star: beginner 50km2star
: above beginner 60km3star
: average 70km4star
: advanced 100km5star
: pro 160km

Level 1: Starter-Beginner;
You are just starting out in this sport, have no experience nor background as an athlete

Level 2: Beginner-Medium;
You are just starting with this sport, however you already have experience with other sports so you start with a good basic condition. You cycle 1 or 2 times a week.

Level 3: Average;
You are a sporty person, don't shy away from a challenge, exercise at least 2 to 4 per week, you can also already make some altitude gains and ride at higher averages.

Level 4: Advanced;
You are a trained athlete, you are looking for a challenge in sports, you are active at least 3 to 5 times a week, altitude meters and a higher average are not a problem

Level 5: Advanced/Performance oriented;
You train towards goals, challenges and also leave something for it you do not mind, you are driven and several times longer sport per week are no exception, you are performance oriented

Level 6: Advanced Plus;
As a highly trained person, you want to really test yourself to your limits, you seek challenges and are also willing to live for them, exercising is a part of your daily life.

Explanation luxury level

Level 0-1.5: Tour without overnight stay.

Level 2-2.5: Cycle Travel provides an overnight stay in a 2-star accommodation.

Level 3-3.5: Tour with overnight stays in the better bed and breakfast or 3-star hotel, hostel accommodations. Overnight stays on a half-board basis are a 3.5 rating.

Level 4-4.5: Cycle Travel provides a 4-star accommodation or boutique bed & breakfast. Optional full board booking (upgrade to level 4,5 appreciation).

Level 5-5.5: Cycle Travel will provide a more luxurious 4-star or 5-star accommodation or boutique hotel. We can upgrade the level of lunch, on-road catering or dinner to 5.5.

Level 6: Cycle Travel will provide a more luxurious 5-star accommodation, boutique hotel or luxury pop-up location. We can upgrade the level of lunch, on-road catering or dinner to 6+ level if required.

Explanation guidance level

Our team of passionate guides is always there for you. For any type of trip, event or clinic, Cycle Travel will provide the right accompaniment. We have an excellent network of professionals.

With the ranking from 1 to 6, we indicate to what extent the guidance is provided on a trip. Interested in an upgrade? Please let us know! Then we will gladly look for a suitable solution.

Level 0-1: a self-guided tour without guidance. Cycle Travel provides the routes on GPX.

Level 2-2.5: a self-guided tour without guidance including routes on GPX and tips for the road. Cycle Travel has a goody bag or contact person at the locations visited that you will receive as a traveler.

Level 3-3.5: a self-guided tour without guidance including routes on GPX and tips for the road. Cycle Travel has accommodation on the basis of a 3-star hotel or bed & breakfast. There is someone on site who is familiar with our clients and is personally available for you (level 3,5)

Level 4-4.5: a guided tour including routes on GPX and tour guide on the bike or in a follow car.Cycle Travel has accommodation based on a 4-star hotel, hostel or bed & breakfast. During a guided tour it is optionally possible to book a mechanic and masseur. (The valuation then amounts to 4.5)

Level 5-5.5: A fully catered vacation with a complete support team consisting of tour guide, mechanic and masseur. A follow car is provided including care on the road during the rides. Accommodation will be in luxury chalets, hotels or boutique bed & breakfasts.

Level 6: The ultimate luxury cycling vacation with top locations and carefully selected accommodations. Only the very best counts for us and you as our client! Get carried away on a next level cycling vacation.

Explanation gravity level

We roughly determine the heaviness of a trip based on a variety of circumstances. Severity can be determined by distances or by the altitude meters in distances. In addition, you experience a ride on a gravel or mountain bike already 'heavier' than a road bike ride.

Per category this is approximately what you can think of. Always discuss with us alternatives or modified routes which also influence the heaviness.

Road Bikes - Race bikesDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 170 km700-1100
Level 280 km1100-1500
Level 3100 km1500-2200
Level 4120 km2200-2800
Level 5150 km2800-3800
Hors Category175+ km3800-5500
Mountain Bike - MTBDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 130-50 km700-1000
Level 240-60 km1000-1300
Level 350-75 km1300-1800
Level 455-90 km1800-2400
Level 560-100 km2400-3300
Hors Category150+ km3800-5500
GravelDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 130-50 km700-1000
Level 240-60 km1000-1300
Level 350-75 km1300-1800
Level 455-90 km1800-2400
Level 560-100 km2400-3300
Hors Category150+ km3800-5500

Location: Vallandry, Chalets de Vallandry (France)