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La Mercan'Tour Cafe du Cycliste 2016

19/06/2016 - Mercantour National Park, Guillaumes - Sportive

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Once the hunting preserve of Piedmont royalty, the Mercantour National Park extends across almost eighteen thousand acres and rises to reach a height of more than three thousand metres at the summit of Gélas. A stunning slice of the Southern Alps and the home to a wholly natural menagerie that includes ibex, marmots, wolves, golden eagles and bearded vultures. All within glimpsing distance of the blue waters of the Mediterranean sea.

The 19th June 2016 sees the first Mercantour cyclosportive. Run on a route that begins in Guillaumes and ends in Valberg, it includes mythical Alpine Cols, celebrated passes, extraordinary scenery and the chance to complete a truly unique experience.

From the Col de la Cayolle ( 2326m ) to the infamous Col de la Bonette (2802m), from the fast descent down to the aptly named Saint Sauveur (500m) to the Col de la Couillole ( 1678m ) and then the final climb to the finish, the sportive combines all the elements that provoke such passion and emotion amongst riders around the globe.

The stage is set. The challenge is yours.


Kilometres and elevation: 180 km * 4 600m+

The full course, allowing riders to take on the 'holy trinity' of the Cajole, the Couillole and the Bonette, celebrated as the highest paved road in Europe. Taking no prisoners and going deep into the world famous National Park, the epic nature of the surrounding wilderness is matched only by the quality of riding on offer.


Kilometres and elevation: 119 km * 2 700m+

The shorter course, starting in Guillaumes and set around both the Northern and Southern slopes of the beautiful 'Hors Categorie' Col de la Cayolle. While the distance may be less, the scenery suffers nothing in comparison and the route still provides plenty of tough challenges along the way.

Registration fees until the 12/06/2016:

Participants who hold a Fédération Française du Cyclisme Licence: 29€

Non-licensed cyclists:

*Option 1: 33€

*Option 2: 34€

Registration from the 13/06/2016:

Participants who hold a FFC Licence: 35€

Non-licensed cyclists:

*Option 1: 39€

*Option 2: 40€

Any cyclist without a licence or medical certificate (for the non-licensed cyclists) will not be allowed to take part in the race.

To limit the environmental impact, the number of participants of this first edition will be limited to 499.

The cyclists who do not hold a FFC licence will have to register by taking an individual accident insurance via our insurer Verspieren (contract Verspieren n°1750085) and will have to present their medical certificate at the collection of their race number. We propose two types of insurance policies described below, which you can take out as OPTION 1 and OPTION 2 when you register.

To help you choose between the two insurance options, please refer to this document.

Medical Insurance Document.

(In association with Reforest'Action, we will be planting one new tree for every registered competitor.)

The Registration Pack:

  • The timing
  • A souvenir gift
  • The feeding zones
  • A post race meal
  • A massage by professional physiotherapists
  • A raffle

Event Website

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Mercantour National Park
Address Line 2 France
Town France
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities
Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event) Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event)
Sign-on at HQ Sign-on at HQ

Organiser Details
Name Cafe du Cycliste
Email Email Hidden
Phone +06 82 94 84 28 / +06 20 64 65 92
County Antrim

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