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Entry Now Open for HotChillee's Alpine Challenge 2015

by Nick Gregory

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Early Bird entry for HotChillee's Alpine Challenge 2015, taking place from 9-13 September next year, is now OPEN. At 14:00 tomorrow - Thursday 25 September - entry will open to the general public. 

Part of HotChillee's Global Event Series, the three day Alpine Challenge pushes riders mentally and physically, serving up a gruelling 8000+ metres of climbing. The route varies from year to year, and incorporates some classic Tour de France climbs. 

The race village is based on the spectacular shores of Lake Annecy, in the French Alps, and is the start and finish venue every day. Riders, partners and families use this as a social meeting point and over the past years a great camaraderie has built up with riders of all abilities, from all over the world, sharing their experiences. 

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Magnus Backstedt gives Dave Dent the "look" with Paul Vine following on stage 3 

Riders have the opportunity of a social ride on Sign On day, with the serious business starting the following day with a seeding prologue followed by three stages, covering 350km and nearly 8,000m of climbing. The most testing day in 2014 was certainly Day 1, with the prologue (the 15% brute of the Col de la Forclaz) followed by a stage finish atop Semnoz - one of the most underrated mountains in Europe. The stage alone included 3,300m climbing. 

After the prologue riders are seeded into groups of similar ability and are able to compete for the leaders jerseys or just ride to become an Official Finisher. Each seeded group has complete professional support with lead cars, motos, paramedics, physios and rolling road closures. This year the G!RO Cycles Leaders Jerseys were taken by Dave Dent and Kelli Bayliss. 

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Hard not to celebrate in the perfect setting of race village on Lac d'Annecy

Sven Thiele, founder of HotChillee said: "This has grown into a great end of season event with more and more riders bringing partners and family along to enjoy the challenging riding, spectacular scenery and brilliant facilities that Annecy has to offer. Some riders have been back every year since we started, and we look forward to providing another challenging event for 2015." 

For full details of the 2014 stage profiles visit http://www.thealpinechallenge.com/routes_2014.php and for results head to  http://thealpinechallenge.com/results2014.php 

To sign up for the 2015 edition of HotChillee's Alpine Challenge, visit:  www.thealpinechallenge.com





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