Critérium du Dauphiné week

The Critérium du Dauphiné, is an annual cycling road race in the Dauphiné region in the southeast of France.  The race is run over eight days during the first half of June and often passes through or very close to our base in Morzine.  It is part of the UCI World Tour calendar and counts as one of the foremost races in the lead-up to the Tour de France in July, along with the Tour de Suisse in the latter half of June.

The race was inaugurated in 1947 by a local newspaper, the Dauphiné Libéré, which served as the event’s title sponsor until 2009.  Since 2010 the race has been organized by ASO, which also organizes most other prominent French cycling races, notably the Tour de France, Paris–Nice and Paris–Roubaix.

Join us for a cycling and tri week and we’ll take you to some of the famed climbs of the Dauphiné, many of which were tests for the Tour de France riders.  For example the setting of the official start of the 2016 Critérium du Dauphiné, Les Gets was the first mountain pass taken by the riders on the Route des Grandes Alpes.  The 4km uphill time trial from Les Gets to Mont Chéry gave Alberto Contador the opportunity to win the inaugural stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné for the first time in his career on a steep course that suited the climbers.  Richie Porte came in second and Chris Froome in third.  This is a really accessible climb from the chalet and a some of our guests opt to take the challenge on the rest day!

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This is a testing little climb with some seriously quick times to compare yourself against!

RiderTeamTime
Alberto ContadorTinkoff11' 36"
Richie PorteBMC Racing Team11' 42"
Christopher FroomeTeam Sky11' 49"
Daniel MartinEtixx-Quick Step11' 57"
Thomas VoecklerDirect Energie13'02"
Ian StannardTeam Sky14'30"
Sam BennettBora-Argon 1816'43"

The climb starts at Les Gets which is a summer and winter resort between Lake Geneva and Mont-Blanc.  It’s part of the French-Swiss Portes du Soleil ski area which covers 650km of piste.  One of the most beautiful views in the region is from the top of Mont Chéry, where on a good day you’ll see Mont-Blanc and the Dents du Midi range.