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Alpine Challenge 2015 Event Report and Final Results

by Nick Gregory

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This weekend cyclists from ten different nations completed the sixth edition of the HotChillee Alpine Challenge. Riders took on many of the classic Tour de France climbs including the now notorious Semnoz, Col des Aravis, Col de L'Epine, Col le Marais before finishing atop the tough Col de la Croix Fry on the final stage. 

Riders came to the event with a range of aims - some were simply trying to complete the challenge of almost 8,000m climbing in three days whereas others were looking to race for leader's jerseys and age category awards. 

Based out of the race village on the shores of Lac Annecy, there's also a strong social element to the event. 

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Sigma Sport Mens Leader's Jersey winner Jamie Wilkins (Pro Cycling Magazine) and second place Agustin Javand (Stephen Roche Cycling Camps) on Stage 1

The final results were as follows: 

Sigma Sport Men's Jersey winner Jamie Wilkins 
Wattbike Women's Jersey winner - Michelle Dand 

Age Category awards went to: 

Male Master - Marcus Fink 
Female Master - Michelle Dand 
Male Grand Master - Dave Dent  
Female Grand Master - Michelle Lock 

Spirit Awards: 

Group 1 - Sebastien Jorry 
Group 2 - Brigitte Padewski  
Group 3 - Maria Stevenson 

Full results can be accessed HERE.

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Winner of the Wattbike Womens Leader's Jersey Michelle Dand, Tour de France winner Stephen Roche and and Jamie Wilkins (Pro Cycling Magazine) winner of the Sigma Sport Mens Leader's Jersey winner

After riding the event for the second time, Jon Leighton of JML Racing and the UCI Mass Participation Commission said: "HotChillee is the best amateur European alpine stage race. Fully supported, rolling road closures, awesome climbs, beautiful scenery, nothing else to think about apart from riding your bike as hard and fast as you can muster." 

Leighton concluded: "A unique experience - not to be missed. See you in 2016." 

Next year's Alpine Challenge will see an innovative new format, totally changed routes and it will also move to a new date in June. 

Keep an eye on Cyclosport for news of details as they are released. 

For more information visit www.thealpinechallenge.com.





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