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la Mercan Tour-Bonette by Café du Cycliste

la Mercan'Tour-Bonette by Café du Cycliste

June 17 2018
Valberg, France

Conquer the "col de la Bonette" (2802m), highest paved road in Europe, in the stunning scenery of the Mercantour National Park!

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.


Kilometres and elevation: 190 km • 4 600m+

The full course. Warm up on the short Couillole, the Bonette, celebrated as the highest paved road in Europe, the Cayolle and Valberg. 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: 175 km • 3 700m+

The same route without the last climb of Valberg.


Kilometres and elevation: 100 km - 1800m+

NEW ROUTE with the stunning climb of Valberg by the "Gorges du Cians"

As a former professional rider with La Française des Jeux and Saunier Duval and a member of the Club Alpes Azur, Nicolas Fritsch will be the patron of this first edition. With a garlanded career that included a third place finish in the Tour of Switzerland, Nicolas has found the perfect event to remind everybody of his exceptional climbing ability.

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la Mercan Tour-Bonette by Café du Cycliste

Routes: 190, 175, 100 km
Difficulty of Greatest Route: E - Extreme terrain with frequent steep hills and long sustained climb

 42 Euros

What's Included?

Both routes will be timed using the chips that will be provided to you at the pick up of your race numbers. You will be given your personal time and a ranking will be published and announced on our website.

Feeding stations will be set up at established points along the route (as shown on the route map). Water, fresh fruit, energetic drinks, dry fruits, biscuits, gingerbread… will be available.

A souvenir gift
A post race meal

Finisher medal

Shuttle between Guillaumes and Valberg

A massage by professional physiotherapists
A raffle

Packet Pickups

The race numbers and chips can be collected in Valberg (Tourism Office), at the following times:

- Saturday, June 16, 2017 from 3pm to 7pm

- Sunday, June 17, 2017 from 5.30am to 6.30am

Please note that a 10€ deposit will be required when you collect your chip and will be returned to you upon the restitution of the latter.

A proof of identity, the registration confirmation, licence and/or medical certificate which clearly states the ability of the individual to take part in a cycling competition for those who do not own a licence.

A post race meal is included in the registration pack, and will be offered to each participant. It will be made of local products and traditional recipes.

The post race meal will be held exclusively in Valberg, in the room of 'Espace Mounier", and the awarding of prizes will take place in the same room.               

Free Parking
Pre-Packet Pickups
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Category / Race Prizes
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Personalised Bib (Name and QR Code)
Post Ride Shower
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Event Size
500 - 1999 Riders
Start Address: Place Charles Ginesy - 06470 Valberg
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Jun 17 2018 - EVENT: la Mercan'Tour-Bonette by Café du Cycliste