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JUNE 29 - JULY 21

our biggest event of the year!

21 stages covering over 500km will challenge relay teams of up to 4, or brave solo riders to cycle through beautiful French villages, rolling countryside and breathtaking mountains. All rides will open at 6am (GMT) on Saturday 29th June and you have until Sunday 21st July (Midnight GMT) to complete them all.

  1. Choose  – Ride as a relay team of up to 4 riders and spread the load, or ride solo to challenge yourself to all 21 stages. 
  2. Register – All riders, including existing FulGaz subscribers will need to register to be part of this event
  3. Plan your schedule – Whether you are riding in a team and dividing 21 stages between yourselves or riding solo, it’s important to plan your rides. They have been ordered in a way that will see longer, more challenging rides fall on weekends, with Mondays as rest days, but can be ridden in any order you choose.
  4. Ride! All rides open 6am GMT on Saturday 29th July, make sure all 21 are complete by Sunday 21st July to be deemed a finisher on our GC leaderboard.

1. Chianti Classico

Get set for Stage 1 of Vive la France 2024! In an ode to the big bike race in France (which kicks off in Italy this year) the first stage Vive la France 2024 hits the ground with some classic Italian tarmac. Take the time to view the beautiful scenery along this opening 10-ish mile “prelude” stage. Enjoy!

Stage 1 Profile

Distance

17km

Elevation

293m

Duration

00:42:00

2. Mirabeau to Pertuis

Ride on a late summer afternoon from Mirabeau, famous for its castle, along rolling roads towards Pertuis.

 

Distance

19.12km

Elevation

264m

Duration

01:01:00

3. Cirque Du Litor Soulor to Aubisque

Cirque du Litor (meaning avalanche road) is the only East/West road from the Spanish border in the South to the foothills valley towns including Pau in the North.

This road is an absolutely stunning 6 miles cut into the side of the mountain (Litor) with 2 tunnels where there is no room to place the road! The West side (Aubisque) was socked in with clouds so we did our best to film this then retreat back East to avoid the rain.

Distance

9.67km

Elevation

353m

Duration

00:30:00

4. Chablis

A ride through glorious rolling Burgundy countryside on a warm sunny evening taking in some exceptional views and small old villages before ending with a well deserved glass of Chablis in its town of origin. Vive la France!

Distance

25.09km

Elevation

359m

Duration

00:58:00

5.Col De Spandelles

Col de Spandelles is a stunning, quiet road shaded by trees allowing a blissful climb away from the scorching heat during the thick of the Tour. This Cat 1 ascent is challenging, but manageable and oh so enjoyable.

Distance

15.23km

Elevation

898m

Duration

01:01:00

6. Conques

This gently rolling ride along the valley of upper River Lot offers quiet, picturesque views and features two villages along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, Livinhac-le-Haut and Conques-en-Rouergue. The latter is particularly attractive, listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages as well as being a UNESCO world heritage site.

Distance

23.93km

Elevation

215m

Duration

00:53:00

7. Abbaye de Sénanque Col De Murs

Blue skies, golden hills and lovely climbs will take you to the southern countryside of France. Be warned, this is a tough ride though so make sure you’re feeling strong. Vive la France!

Distance

43.93km

Elevation

863m

Duration

01:44:00

8. Gorges de la Nesque

A beautiful countryside ride from Bedoin to Monieux in the shadows of Mont Ventoux. After 10kms you’ll reach Villes-sur-Auzon and start the 20km moderate climb through the gorge, a spectacular balcony road. Then its a nice 3km downhill to a final short steeper section into the old town of Monieux.

Distance

33.8km

Elevation

596m

Duration

01:14:00

9. Riez

Riez is located at the crossroads of the historic roads that connect the Alps and the Durance Valley to the Haut Var and Aix-en-Provence. The village is located at the foot of Saint-Maxime mountain about 640 metres above sea level. This village’s historical importance was recognized in 1921. During Roman times, a temple to the god Apollo was built. Today its Corinthian columns still stand. This route has two Category 4 climbs in the second half of the ride. Come for the history, stay for the climbs.

Distance

57.81km

Elevation

786m

Duration

02:28:00

10. Cajarc

The ride heads west along the Lot valley towards the beautiful medieval town of Cajarc with the yellow cliff faces becoming ever more prominent beneath the blue skies.It starts by crossing the River Lot, then passing through lush green countryside before a quick detour to the remarkable Chateau at Larroque Toirac. After passing beneath the hillside village of Montbrun it ends next to the River Lot at Cajarc.

Distance

23.12km

Elevation

88m

Duration

00:49:00

11. Oulles

This is a tough one, so be prepared! The relentless sequence of steep hairpin bends in the first half of the ride is quite strenuous, but there are stunning views higher up on this small and little-used road. There is a somewhat Mediterranean feel to this south-facing, wind-sheltered slope with its covering of pine trees.

Distance

6.68km

Elevation

601m

Duration

00:47:00

12. Villages en Provence

A circular and hilly tour of the Calavon valley in Provence, France. There are some long, steady climbs on each side of the valley.

 

Distance

45.69km

Elevation

733m

Duration

01:39:00

13. Col De Portet

Col de Portet is a long and tough climb. The Tour visited in 2018 and 2021 after they paved over the gravel sections in the final 8km (there is still one brief gravel section through a short tunnel). Quintana won in 2018 and Tadej in 2021. Knowing this is a long haul, try to enjoy the solitude of the upper half and the company of the numerous cows and sheep!

Distance

16.35km

Elevation

1402m

Duration

01:25:00

14. Col d'Aspin

Col d’Aspin is a very frequently used climb in the Tour as it links to very famous climbs in both directions (Tourmalet in the West / Peyresourde in the East). In fact the Tour climbed this before the Tourmalet just the day before our ride! It is also a very popular climb so there are frequent riders to use as a carrot while climbing. Finally, the climb opens up with great views of the valley and neighbouring peaks on both sides culminating in a very scenic summit including a view of Pic du Midi above the Tourmalet.

Distance

11.86km

Elevation

775m

Duration

00:49:00

15. Col de l'Iseran

At 2,764 metres, Col de l’Iseran is the highest paved mountain pass in the Alps. Because the peak is so high, it’s not uncommon that snow or even sleet storms to occur in July.

Distance

14.92km

Elevation

987m

Duration

01:25:00

16. Burgundy Wine Tour

A sunny evening ride starting at Château de Savigny, through Beaune (the centre of the exclusive Côte d’Or wine region) and then on through famous vineyards and villages such as Pommard and Volnay.

Distance

21.88km

Elevation

150m

Duration

00:53:00

17. Tour de Tours

Filmed on a warm sunny spring afternoon, the ride starts at the Medieval town of Amboise, initially passing through tree lined roads and villages. We then take the cycle path along the banks of the Loire leading to the wonderful city of Tours for a quick tour ending in the ancient quarters for a coffee.

Distance

25.6km

Elevation

58m

Duration

00:54:00

18. Col de la Joux Verte

This is a beautiful quiet climb close to Morzine. It passes the stunning Montriond Lake then goes through the village of Les Lindarets known as the village of goats. You will see why!

 

Distance

14.88km

Elevation

826m

Duration

01:09:00

19. Mont Saint-Michel

Setting off from Château des Montgommery in Ducey, the ride is mainly flat through the open Normandy countryside. The first views of the UNESCO world Heritage site of Mont Saint-Michel come several miles before it is reached such is the imposing nature of the Abbey. The ride ends with a cycle along the causeway (the tide is out!) that was used as the 2016 Grand Depart of the Tour.

Distance

21.09km

Elevation

105m

Duration

00:47:00

20. Nice to Gourdon

The penultimate stage, you’re almost there! Ride from Nice along the stunning French coastline, before heading inland. You’ll traverse some undulating country roads through Saint-Jeannet and Tourrettes-sur-Loup before a fast ride towards the stage finish in Gourdon. Vive la France!

Distance

37.12km

Elevation

461m

Duration

01:04:00

21. Monaco to Nice

It’s the final stage of Vive la France! Enjoy this short ride from Monaco to Nice. It features an 8.1km climb at 5.7% along the way.

Distance

33.7km

Elevation

695m

Duration

01:04:00