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The Alpine Challenge
Morzine, FranceMorzine, France
Wed 16th June 2021 - Sun 20th June 2021
With vaccines being rolled out around the globe we’re confident that travel and events can resume in a more normal fashion from the Spring.
However there are individual scenarios related to COVID-19 that may affect your ability to attend an event. This coupled with the reality of constantly changing guidance from different countries, and the fact that our participants travel from around the world, means it is impossible for us to have a rule for every possible situation.
Our COVID-Guarantee is designed to be as fair as possible to everyone, while also allowing us to operate our events with some certainty. Therefore, if because of individual circumstances (i.e. not something that affects the entire event) you are unable to take part you will need to contact us and provide us with the relevant evidence (e.g. Tests results, proof of contact from track and trace etc) which we will review on a case by case basis. This proof will need to be covering the mandated self-isolation or quarantine periods that are relevant to your circumstances.
Below are some of the answers (as best as we can currently give) to common questions you may have
What happens if there is a local lockdown that affects me travelling to the event?
If the area/country where you live is under a local lockdown, we would expect you to follow the guidelines from the relevant authorities. If these guidelines include advice not to travel to another area or country, which makes your attendance impossible we will review with the intention to transfer your entry as a credit to another Hotchillee event in 2021 or 2022.
What happens if I test positive or I am forced to self-isolate ?
If you test positive for COVID-19, or are forced to self-isolate within 10 days of the start of the event you will need to email us at email@example.com with evidence. We will review with the intention to transfer your entry as a credit to another Hotchillee event in 2021 or 2022.
What happens to the travel I have booked for an event if I can’t make it or the event is cancelled due to COVID-19?
Unfortunately travel is not covered by us. We encourage everyone to take out appropriate travel insurance which includes COVID-19 cover.
What happens if the whole event is cancelled due to COVID-19?
If Hotchillee is forced to postpone a Multi-Day Event in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic you’ll automatically be transferred to the new date. If you’re not able to make the new date you’ll be able to use your entry, including any optional extras, as a credit against another Hotchillee Multi-Day Event in 2021 or 2022. If this credit is not used by 31 July 2022 you’ll be entitled to a cash refund.
Carefully selected lunches will be arranged each day where, along with delicious local food, you will also find one of our professional sports therapists to help tweak and pummel weary muscles back to life. At the end of each day you can hand your bike to our mechanics for some TLC, our therapists will do the same for your body and then you can refuel by sampling the excellent wines and regional cuisine.
4 nights accommodation (twin sharing)
Baggage and bike box forwarding
Dedicated mechanics and technical support per group
24-hour medic support
Dedicated support car per route
Hotchillee Ride Captain support
Sports therapists at start line, lunch, event hotels
Digital photo and event video coverage
Hotchillee Free Membership including access to the private event channel in the Hotchillee App. Here you will be able to chat directly to the Hotchillee team as well as your fellow riders as we prepare for the event together.
Stage 01 - 108km . 3186metres
Morzine > Morzine
No soft launch for the Alpine Challenge 2021 – a seeding time trial and then two Hors catégorie (HC) climbs ending with the iconic Col de Joux Plane.
We’ll leave Morzine for a steady 6km warm up to the bottom of the Col de la Joux Verte and the Individual Time Trial. Don’t be fooled by the first 1km of the climb, the following 9.6km has an average gradient of 7%, with an interesting kick in the middle! After a quick coffee at the top you’ll be allocated into one of three ability groups and descend the 12km towards two of the most beautiful Cols in the area Col de l’Ecrenaz and Col de la Ramaz.
Lunch will be at a traditional restaurant in Sommand where the food is well earned and sports therapists waiting. Re-fueled and ready to go there’s 17km of flat before the final climb of the day, the HC rated Col de la Joux Plane. At 11.4km and average gradient of 9%, this will be a big test for tired legs, but the reward of an 11km descent back to Morzine and the hotel bar awaits.
Stage 02 - 114km . 3170metres
Morzine > Megève
With yesterday’s effort in your legs you’ll appreciate the first real climb of the day not coming until 32km, the HC rated Col de la Colombière. With 14km at 7% average make sure you save something in the tank for the top, the last kilometres are 9%, 10% and 11%! After regrouping at the summit, we’ll descend to a local alpine restaurant for a light lunch of typical regional food and the halfway point of the day.
What follows will be familiar territory for anyone who rode the Hotchillee Alpine Challenges from Annecy with the afternoon’s double header including the Col de la Croix Fry followed by a short descent into the Col des Aravis. With the final kilometre of the final climb at 4% there’s the possibility of some big ring sprinter’s efforts for the final bragging rights of Stage 2. The stage finishes in Megève where your luggage will be waiting and a brand new hotel bar to check out before dinner!
Stage 03 - 112KM . 3444metres
Megève > Megève
The sloping descent from Megève will give you the perfect chance to warm up the legs before the first climb of the day, the Col des Saisies. Don’t be fooled by the 5% average, the first few kilometres reach up to 8% followed by a 3km false flat to recover before the push to the top. From the summit, we’ll take the rural route to Beaufort but there’s the small matter of the Col du Pre/ Col de Meraillet before then. Only used by the Tour de France once due to the steep descent, the 12km climb offers stunning views of the Lac de Roseland to help take your mind off the legs. We’ll soon drop down to ride along the Dam before the 1.5km ascent of the Col de Meraillet and the sweeping 11km descent into lunch.
After lunch, the Grand Finale of the event beckons, the Montee des Bisannes. Cresting here, we return 5km to Col des Saisies, have a quick celebratory coffee and cake before descending back to Megève for a well earned beer and the celebration dinner.
Travel & Accommodation
You’ll be met at the Geneva arrivals gate by the Hotchillee team and driven 1.5 hours to the event hotel. Mechanics will be on hand to help build bikes, sports therapists to iron out any niggles and the Ride Captains to answer any last minute questions. Once you’ve collected your Rider Pack there should be time for a short spin, grab a coffee or join your fellow riders for a quick beer before the Rider Welcome Dinner.
We’ll spend the first 2 nights in the mountain village of Morzine where you’ll receive a warm Savoyard welcome at a carefully selected 4* hotel. A cosy family run venue with a comforting mix of tradition and friendliness.
Your last two nights are in a traditional 3* Alpine hotel in the centre of Megève.
On departure day, early risers can enjoy a social spin to clear any cobwebs, but make sure your bike is packed and you’re ready to jump on the airport transfer for 12:00. You’ll be dropped at the airport for 13:30 so plan to book a return flight with plenty of time to check in.
What are the entry requirements?
You must be 18 years or older on 16th June 2021.
As there is a lot of climbing and descending involved you will need a good level of fitness.
If you are in doubt as to your fitness then we recommend you have a medical check-up before registering.
Which airport should I fly to?
The nearest and recommended airport is Geneva Airport. Transfers are included in your entry and times are as follows:
Wednesday 16 June 2021: Transfer from Geneva Airport at 13:00 (transfer approx 1.5hrs. Includes luggage and bike box*)
Sunday 20 June 2021: Transfer from Event Hotel to Geneva Airport at 12:00 (transfer arrives at Geneva Airport at 13:30. Includes luggage and bike box*)
Will you accept E-Bike entries?
If it’s been on your bucket list to climb some Cols, or you’re missing the call of the mountains, now is your chance to join us!
Hotchillee can transport your E-bike to / from the UK and take all of the stress out of travelling. This is an available add-on.
What bike should I ride?
The event is restricted to roadworthy road bicycles or E-bikes only. If you are in any doubt then contact the organisers whose decision is final. The ride takes place on tarred or cobbled roads.
Note that no bicycle is permitted to have unconventional handlebars including triathlon bars, aero bars, clip-ons, prayer bars, and cow bars.
Do I need insurance?
Yes! We ask that all riders take out travel insurance.
What happens if Hotchillee cancel the event?
If Hotchillee cancel the event for any reason not listed in the conditions of sale, your entry fee is fully refundable.
If the event is postponed due to COVID-19, your entry will automatically be transferred to the new date. If you can’t make the new dates, you’ll receive a credit to use against any other Hotchillee multi-day event. The credit expires on 1 July 2022. If you have not used the credit by the expiry date, you’ll receive a refund equal to the original booking amount.
What happens if I need to cancel my entry?
If for any reason you need to cancel your entry there are several options available:
- You are able to nominate a substitute rider for your entry (up to 30 days before the event start date).
- You may defer your entry as a credit towards another HotChillee event in the same or following calendar year (up to 12 weeks before the event start date).
- You are entitled to the following refund on your entry:
- 17 Weeks + before the Event start date: 66% refund of the full entry fee paid including any extra services and upgrades
- 13-16 weeks before the Event start date: 33% refund of the full entry fee paid including any extra services and upgrades
- 0-12 weeks before the Event start date: 0% refund of the full entry fee paid including any extra services and upgrades