Ride with your gravel bike along the magnificent roads along the Rhône in the heart of the beauty of Valais vineyards.
As its name suggests, this route takes cyclists along the Rhone, while riding through the magnificent vineyards along its left and right banks. The region's emblematic river has its source at the northeastern end of the canton and flows 800 km further into the Mediterranean Sea. As if the route is mostly along the river, it doesn’t mean flat. The profile of the route represent 1'000mD+ over 77 km.
It is on the paved streets of Sion, capital of the Valais, that the participants take the start. A last look at the castles of Valère and Tourbillon before setting off on the banks of the Rhône accompanied by the lapping of the water. At the exit of the city, the cyclists take the small roads between fruit trees and vineyards on the left bank of the Rhône, passing through the communes of Grône, Chalais and Chippis, and its famous Bicycle Museum. It is between Réchy and the Arche des Crétillons in the commune of Chalais that the first timed sprint is launched (2km - 100mD+). After riding along the Géronde Lake in Sierre, it is the entrance to the Finges Natural Park. A beautiful gravel road along the Rhone leads to the wine village of Salquenen. The opportunity to discover the gastronomic treasures of the region is offered at the first refreshment stop in the heart of 200 hectares of vineyards.
After a short break, departure in the direction of Varen. It's already time to retrace your steps via beautiful vineyard roads enlightened by the sun. For those who wish, it is the possibility to stop a second time at the refreshment station of Salquenen.
The cyclist then take the road of Valais Romand towards the brand new commune of Noble-Contrée, with the second and last timed sector (8km - 220mD+) on the winding vineyard roads of the village of Miège. Then, after 50 km of racing, it is time for the last refreshment station in the charming village of Venthône and its Château built at the end of the 12th century and classified as a historical monument in 1910.
Finally, after passing through the villages of Loc and Corin, the participants return to the plain and let themselves be guided by the Rhone River to the heart of the city of Sion on the historic Place de la Planta, where a friendly and festive atmosphere gathers the participants around an open air Pasta Party.