The Swiss qualifier for the 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championship, Gran Fondo Suisse, just announced the gran fondo will ride an epic mountainous Tour de France route, including a Col de la Croix mountaintop finish.
On Sunday, July 28th riders will try to qualify for the World Championships on a course with 2591m climbing over a distance of just 108km. With no flat sections – anywhere – amateur racers who fly up (and down) the Alpine mountains will raise their arms in victory.
The magnificent gran fondo course starts in Villars-sur-Ollon where participants immediately face the one-two punch of Col de la Croix (1778m) and Col du Pillon (1546m), before a long descent to Col des Mosses (1445m). The race ends with a second leg-frying ascent of Col de la Croix for a summit finish.
On the Friday before the gran fondo, riders have the opportunity to test their mountain time trial ability on the same 11km course with 832m ascent raced in the 2018 Tour de Romandie, where Tour de France champion Egan Bernal won in 25:10. At an average grade of 7.2%, deep dish aero wheels and time trial bikes not necessary.