In 2015, Le Cure de France will be based entirely in the Alps, meaning more vertical metres (13,730m) and more iconic Tour de France climbs.
Curistas will take on the highest mountain pass in Europe, the Col de l’iseran, the mighty Croix de Fer, the infamous 21 switchbacks of Alpe d’Huez and many more.
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From Modane the riders will tackle a near constant 56km climb to the monstrous Col de l’Iseran. At 2,770m, the Col was until recently the highest paved road in the Alps. It remains the highest mountain pass in the Alps and is the high point for Le Cure 2015.
Stage 2 is a testing, but short climb will take Curistas from Bourg to Montgirod before the day’s main event: the Col de la Madeleine.
Over the course of stages 3 and 4 Curistas climb 6 Cols and over 7,000 vertical metres. After leaving St Jean de Maurienne, stage 3 will take the winding road to La Toussuire, a small ski station at 1,700 m, in the little known Les Sybelles ski area. The ride is stunning, featuring 15km of uphill, with several ramps over 10%.
Our original plan had been for the “Queen Stage” to climb Alpe d’Huez after first tackling the Col du Galibier, this time using the tougher northern approach. The gods of the mountains had other ideas and the threat of a calamitous rock fall has forced the closure of the only road between the Galibier and Alpe d’Huez. Stage 4 of Le Cure 2015 is but one of many casualties: the La Marmotte sportive and Stage 20 of the Tour have both been forced to re-route.