After bringing together more than 8700 participants in its first edition, the amateur French Cycling Challenge will be back in 2022. This national cycling series brings together the Cyclo’Tour road series and Gravel’Tour off-road series for 15 events – 8 cyclosportives and 7 gravel races.
In April 2022, the season will begin in the heart of the Burgundy vineyards with the Cyclo Sud Bourgogne, before joining the Gorges du Tarn and the Grands Causses on the Lozérienne Cyclo, at the beginning of May. At the end of the month, the Challenge will move to Jura and its hilly roads during the Cyclosportive La Vache qui Rit. In June the series climbs the largest passes in the Alps during the Maurienne’s Trilogy. In July the series continues in the Massif Central with the Cyclosportive des Copains Cyfac and its volcanic terrain. In August, cyclists will take part in the Etape Sanfloraine around the famous Garabit Viaduct, before heading back to the Alps to tackle the Massif des Bauges during the AlpinBike Lac d’Annecy.
In its second edition Gravel’Tour expands to seven events from five in 2021. In April the gravel season will begin on the Aveyron lands during the Roc Laissagais, before joining the Burgundy vineyards of Gravel Sud Bourgogne and finishing the month in the Gorges du Tarn with the Lozérienne Gravel. A month later, the fourth round will take place in the Jura starting from Lons-le-Launier during the Cyclosportive La Vache qui Rit. In June, participants will travel to the heart of the Montagne Noire for Gravel Nore. After a short summer break(to avoid the heat), racing resumes at the end of August during the AlpinBike Lac d’Annecy in a cool mountain setting, between Lac d’Annecy and Massif des Bauges. To close out the season, cyclists will head to a lavender filled Provence region in mid-October for Raid des Alpilles.
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