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Le Grand Trophee - La Bernard Thévenet

09/07/2016 - France - Sportive

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Grand Trophée is proud to present a new event in 2016. Le Bernard Thévenet will take place on  9th of July in Barcelonnette with the finish in Pra-Loup. On 10th of October an uphill time trial will be organised which will take place on the highest paved road in Europe, Col de la Bonette. In 1975, Bernard Thévenet overtook Eddy Merckx, who suffered from acute fatigue, on the climb to Pra-Loup, improving his margin to win the Tour that year.

Ubaye Valley

The Ubaye Valley is located in the 'Alpes du Sud' and consists of seven mountain passes. This valley has been called mythical by many and for a great number of reasons: is has been part of the Tour de France course tens of times and famous cyclists, ranging from Poulidor and Eddy Merckx way back to Simon Geschke in 2015 have suffered on its mountain passes. Barcelonnette is the main city of the valley. The lively squares and paved streets add an authentic character to this unique place. More than 4000 km of cycling routes are in the surrounding, going from the Italian border to the lake of Serre-Ponçon. Discover the natural and cultural riches of the Ubaye valley.

Steep climbs for demanding climbers or milder stages for enthusiasts of beautiful scenery and the sun? You can choose whichever adventure you want to take on in its purest form. Starting from Barcelonnette, you can explore 7 climbs, all very different. Back in the day they only served to connect the different valleys, these day they are the favorite spot of cycling fanatics.


124 km course

Barcelonnette > Col d'Allos (2.247 m) > Col des champs (2.045 m) > Col de la Cayolle (2.325 m) > Pra-Loup (1.600m)   [4 feed stations on the cols]

Col d'Allos (alt. 2 247 m)

The "col d'Allos" is a classic which leads you from the Ubaye valley via the source of the Verdon to the Mediterranean coast. Is has been part of the Tour de France 33 times already. The difficulty stems from the roads being cut out in the rock, over the gulley of Bachelard. The first part of the climb is 7 km long and has slopes with more than an 8% gradient, before returning to the flats of the "Hameau des Agneliers". Here you can recuperate somewhat.

Afterwards you'd do best to spread your efforts. You can step into the shoes of Faure, Fayolle, Merckx or Hervé, champions from the past who gave their all during the 10 km long slope with its 7% gradient. Once you get to the sanctuary at the top, you might think yourself in paradise. Enjoy some blueberry pie next to the "Great Wooden Horse", surrounded by the chamois.

Height meters: 1.115 m over 20 km.
Average grade: 6,3 %.
Maximum grade: 11 %.

Col des Champs (alt. 2 045 m)

The "Col des Champs" connects the Verdon valley to the Haut-Car valley. It's a great road with hairpin turns starting from Colmars, a small town nestled between the fortresses of the Vauban, with a great view of the Verdon. The Col des Champs has a gradient of more than 7 percent for 9 km and ends with an average gradient of 8%.

This ascent offers a panoramic view on the spectacular "La Lance" waterfall as well as on the "Haute vallée" of the Verdon. You start your climb in the woods, and finish on the Alpine meadows in an unforgettable setting.

Height meters: 860 m over 12 km.
Average grade: 7 %.
Maximum grade: 9,3 %.

Col de la Cayolle (alt. 2 326 m)

The "Col de la Cayolle" is called one of the 30 prettiest climbs of Europe by "Le Cycle" Magazine. The Col de la Cayolle was opened at the end of the 19th century by the military.

This col connects Barcelonnette to the "High Valley" of the Var. The 'route de la Cayolle' is still an old-fashioned route, with parts hewn from the rocks. Cyclists are king around here. The road follows the side of the mountain towards Bachelard, in between the small gorges of the river. Afterwards it continues gradually to Bayasse. From there you still have 9 km of hairpin turns through the meadows ahead of you. Only the marmots we be left to encourage you here!

Height meters: 1.191 m over 29 km.
Average grade: 4,1 %.
Maximum grade: 8,2 %.


08/07/2016 - Barcelonnette

14:00 - 19:00 Welcoming of the participants, collection of race number, partner village and entertainment

09/07/2016 - Barcelonnette

07:00 - 08:00 Welcoming of the participants, collection of race number
08:00 Start Granfondo
08:15 Start Mediofondo

09/07/2016 - Pra Loup
10:00 Partner village and entertainment
12:00 Start Pasta Party
15:00 Prize ceremony

10/07/2016 - Col de la Bonette (2.802m) - Grimpée
09 :00 : Start "Grimpée de la Bonette"


What do you get when you register?

  • Sign-posted routes
  • High quality feeding stations
  • Time registration with chip
  • Number Tag
  • Medical assistance (first aid)
  • Gadgets
  • Ranking
  • Possibility to buy an ETIXX package at a reduced rate
  • Pasta Party

Event Website

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Barcelonnette
Address Line 2 Barcelonnette
Town Barcelonnette
Event Facilities
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Organiser Details
Name Sport Communication
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County Antrim

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