Tour des Stations is launching a new challenge to its riders: to climb Everest in one day.
For the fourth anniversary, the organisers of Tour des Stations will offer a mythical challenge to its riders, so the Ultrafondo course will offer a height difference of +8848m, the altitude of the highest peak in the world. Its participants will have the opportunity to tackle the difference in altitude of Everest in a single day, over 242km. To do so, the magnificent ascent of Mayens-de-la-Zour (1360m), located in the commune of Savièse, will complete the Ultrafondo route. The courses Marmotte Granfondo (132km – 4700mD+) and Mediofondo (73km – 2850mD+) remain unchanged, still linking Le Châble and Verbier.
New e-bike route
The use of electric bikes is on the up and its users are more numerous every year. To meet this trend and a lot of requests, a new route for electric bikes (73km – 2000mD+) will be set up and will allow the same experience as the sports routes, also climbing the Lein and Croix-de-Coeur passes. In the form of a gourmet stroll, this route will appeal to a wider public with its refreshment stands highlighting local produce along the way.
Registration for the 2021 edition is now open on www.tourdesstations.ch The first 500 participants will benefit from special rates. A new Maxi Flex option has been introduced which allows participants to change courses, pass on a race number to another person or postpone the registration to the following year until the last moment in order to be prepared for any eventuality.
The event is distinguished by offering a unique challenge: “To compete in one day against the height of Everest”.
The routes cross the enchanting landscapes of Valais, from the vineyards to the high mountains, natural pastures, small authentic villages and internationally recognised resorts. The event aims to anchor itself as the benchmark Granfondo cycling race in Switzerland, like the Marmotte Alpes in France and the Marathon des Dolomites in Italy.
The Tour des Stations is an exceptional sporting challenge linking the resorts of the Valais region. This challenge meets the Marmotte Granfondo Series and SwissCycling Top Tour: distance (242km, 133km, 74km or 34km), difficulty (8’848mD +, 4’700mD +, 2’850mD + or 1’950mD +), and non-category passes, including Thyon 2000 at 2’090m and the Croix-de-Cœur culminating at 2’174m.