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Tour of the Grand Combin

Un tratto del lungo traverso Salendo verso la Fenêtre Durand Col de Mille e la sua cabane
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Introduction

The tour runs for about 110 km. and about 4000 meters of positive height gain. Goes through the Swiss-Italian border, in the heart of the West Pennine Alps, with the presence of super peaks over (Grand Combin 4314 m) or graze the 4000 m (Mont Gelé Mont Vélan 3519 m and 3731 m). It crosses landscapes of medium-high mountain with coniferous forests, predominantly red spruce and larch, and shrubs all over its highest range. We will ride along country roads that spin up to higher alpine pastures (so-called tza), along the historical irrigation canals of Aosta Valley (the rus), crossing three hills full of history (on the riding direction Col Fenêtre Durand, the Col de Mille, amazing because of its wonderful scenery and the famous Col du Grand St. Bernard) and passing beside two large artificial lakes (Mauvoisin dam and Lake Toules).

 

Who is it for

This tour is open to bikers with a good workout and good technical skills to ride an MTB. The trail leads along unpaved roads and on trails that usually have a solid and smooth  ground, but which may also have rather uneven and irregular parts, with some natural obstacles (eg. rocky steps or roots). The cyclability is around 95%. At some points of the route should be necessary to push or carry the bike.

  

Stages 

Easy version (three days)

  • Day 1: Saint-Rhémy-en-bosses (I) - Fionnay (CH); 57 km and 1600 mt D+
  • Day 2: Fionnay (CH) – Bourg-Saint-Pierre (CH); 29 km and 1400 mt D+
  • Day 3: Bourg-Saint-Pierre (CH) – Saint-Rhémy-en-bosses (I); 24 km and 950 mt D+

Hard version (two days)

  • - Day 1: Saint Rhémy-en-bosses (I) - Lourtier (CH) ; 60 km and 1600 mt D+
    - Day 2: Lourtier (CH) – Saint Rhémy-en-bosses (I) ; 55 km and 2600 mt D+

 

 We arrange the luggage transport between one stage and the other in such a way as to pedal with only a small backpack containing the need for a day. In addition an assistance vehicle can help in case of technical failures or any other problems.

 

 

 

Departures dates:

The Tour of Grand Combin is organized on request


If you are in a group you can ask also:

• the availability for other departure dates of your choice;
• carry out the tour in less than five days (with the hardest stages) or more than five days (stages more relaxing).

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Technical data

• Route type: Trail
• Who is it for: Adults with high average driving skills and sufficiently trained to itineraries along with miles and similar elevation gain
• Territory: Medium and high mountains (meadows and coniferous forests, alpine meadows, pastures ...)
• Technical difficulty: AS, and GS
• Physical effort: Medium-high, due to the gradient and the distance as well as a few strokes of "poussage / portage"
• Transfers: Not requiered
• Cyclability: 95%
• Validity: mid June - mid September (depending on the absence of snow and the opening of huts)
• Duration: 3 days (easy version); 2 days (hard version) 
• Length: Easy version: 120 Km (1st day 46 km; 2nd day 33 km; 3rd day 41 km) Hard version: coming soon..
• Altitude start: 1270 mt
• Altitude min: 1070 mt 
• Altitude max: 2797 mt

 



Equipement

 

Bike suitable for mountain biking and working perfectly ( it is recommended to check it before the tour ), helmet (required) , clothing suitable for mountain bike ( it is recommended, in particular, the use of sunglasses with UV protection and gloves ) backpack for additional clothing ( sweaters, rain jacket / wind , etc.). , drinks (non-alcoholic) and packed lunch . Do not forget the sunscreen . In any case , the clothing should be appropriate to the portion that is reached , whereas the weather in the mountains can change too quickly and easily get close to the temperature of zero degrees. It is recommended to bring one or more correct tube for your tire, to be used in the event of a puncture, and a connecting link for the chain to be used in case of failure and other specific parts more suited to your bike.

In any case, you can have our recommendations to better prepare the excursion as a function of time and weather

 

 

Fee

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The participation fee includes:

- Card of our member association, UISP affiliated (for those who did not already have the UISP card) with insurance coverage and other benefits;
- Accompaniment by one or more MTB instructors depending on the number of participants and / or conditions (max 7 people per 1 instructor);
- One or Two half Inns Hotel (drinks and extras not included) for the tour stops (in Switzerland);
- Luggage transfert service from one stage to another (you pedal only with you need for the day);
- Support by bus which can act in case of technical failure or other unforeseen events;
- Souvenir photos in digital format

 

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Maps

Mappa 3D del percorso (versante Italiano) Mappa 3D del percorso (versante Svizzero)