Discover Cykelnerven 2020
We are basing our routes of Stages 15, 17 and 18 of this year’s Tour de France; You will fly in and out of Geneva.
In the first two weeks of the Tour de France 2020, the winner of the Tour can create himself a lead against their competitors. Though the true winners – and losers - will be determined when the race arrive at the alps. That is where we start Cykelnerven 2020!
There is wide agreement that the 15th, 17th and the 18th stage of the Tour de France 2020 will have an enormous impact upon the person who will stand on top of the podium in Paris. That’s why the route of Cykelnerven will be focused upon the areas and mountains of those stages.
GRAND COLOMBIER , 17.5 KM, 7.1%
The first stage will be a stand alone "warm up" on the Grand Colombier.
COL DEL LA MADELEINE , 17.1 KM, 8.4%
The 2nd stage will be half of Stage 17. This is the start of the 3 day route!
CORMET DE ROSELEND , 19.5 KM, 6%
The third stage will be indentical to Stage 18, with a round trip back to our hotel.
COL DE LA LOZE , 21.5 KM, 7.8%
The last stage will be the finish of the Stage 16 with a brand new mountain!
DAY 1 - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17
The first day starts at the 15th stage of the Tour de France where we ride Grand Colombier. We will stay in the village of La Féclaz, where we will also stay the night before.
Dennis Ritter, ambassador of Cykelnerven, said: “Grand Colombier is a beast! I rode it last time from the opposite side, but I am looking so much forward to ride Colombier again and maybe have a comeback from last time – even though the mountain is steep from both sides.”
Being the highest road pass in the Jura, the view from the summit is superb, either down the valley of the Rhône, the Lac du Bourget and the gorges of Val-de-Fier, or the distant peaks of the Alps.
DAY 2 - THURSDAY, JUNE 18
COL DE LA MADELEINE
The second day starts with the first half of stage 17 where we ride Col de la Madeleine. This mountain is a real Tour-classic. We are going to ride the height from an unknown side where the first kilometers are at a small asphalted road. We wil stay the night in Bourg Saint Maurice.
“Madeleine is a height which many bike enthusiasts probably know. It is a welcoming mountain that does not have crazy percentages or sharp hairpin bends. We are going to ride a not very known road, and that I am looking forward to.” Dennis Ritter
The pass was first included in the Tour de France in 1969 and has since featured 25 times. It has been described as "beautiful, but heartbreaking".
DAY 3 - FRIDAY, JUNE 19
CORMET DE ROSELEND
Famous for it’s pristine turquoise lake that forms the back drop to the most amazing landscape, and if you are lucky, a clear view to the Mont Blanc. We will stay the night in Bourg Saint Maurice.
The third day starts at the essential part of the 18th stage where we are going to ride Cormet de Roselend. This mountain has an unforgettable and beautiful ride up!
Dennis Ritter said: “Roselend is the longest mountain we are going to ride, so you have to spare your forces at the exact right times – especially given the thought that we have just rode two challenging days!”
It had one of the most dramatic tours in 1996 with. It was just before the summit on the Cormet de Roseland that Frenchman Stéphane Heulot cracked, lost the Maillot Jaune and bowed out of the race. It was also on the Cormet de Roseland that Johan Bruyneel overshot a fast left-hand bend and disappeared over the edge
DAY 4 - SATURDAY, JUNE 20
COL DE LA LOZE
The fourth and last day starts at the last half of the 17th stage where we are going to ride Col de La Loze – the big secret of Cykelnerven 2020. It is a whole new Tour mountain that not many has heard about before the Tour presentation back in October. The mountain starts at a pretty big road which goes up to the ski town Mirebel and continues onto small roads which transform into winter ski runs. This is the Cykelnerven 2020 ending mountain top – and this is where we pop the champagne and celebrate.
Dennis Ritter said: “The director of the Tour de France, Prudhomme, was extremely excited when he announced this mountain. The last 5-6- kilometers are some of the most difficult we have every rode at Cykelnerven, and I am looking very much forward to stand at the top with the whole Cykelnerven group and literally burst with pride.”