25 août 2014

Haute route : Étape 2

Key features:
Depart Megève at 07:30am on Monday, 25th August
Arrive in Courchevel from late morning
130km to cover, including 105km that will be timed
3900m of elevation gain / 3250m of descent
5 refreshment points along the route

Ascents of the day:
Col des Saisies, 1650m altitude, 730m altitude gain over 15.5km
Col du Cormet de Roselend, 1967m altitude, 1167m altitude gain over 20km
Ascension de Courchevel, 1850m altitude, 1369m altitude gain over 25km

130km connect Megève with Courchevel – two of the most exclusive resorts in the French Alps. Keeping a steady pace is not easy on the irregular slope up to the Col des Saisies at 1,650m, however, you will be rewarded at the top with breathtaking views of Mont Blanc.
Heading downhill and across the Beaufort Valley before climbing the Cormet de Roselend you will be sheltered by pines on the first 12km to Col de Meraillet which averages 8%. After this you skirt the picturesque Roselend Dam before climbing the final 8km to the Cormet de Roselend at 1,967m.
Take care on the descent of the Cormet with its hidden traps – the cause of many previous collisions. From Bonneval and Bourg-Saint-Maurice you have a 50km descent to Moûtiers before climbing 25km at a steady 6% maximum. Above the Olympic ski jumps at Le Praz you will then encounter 2km at 10% before you arrive in Courchevel with 3,900 metres elevation under your wheels today.

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