Guides & Documents

Practical Information

A cyclosportive is a mass event, accessible to everyone from 16 years old with a medical certificate. With nearly 1000 people expected at the start of the race, the Châtel Chablais Race will go well beyond the borders of the department. The local authorities mobilised will be keen to welcome participants and accompanying persons in the Vallée d'Abondance, in the Dents du Midi region, in the Chablais region, and more widely in all the towns crossed and at the various refreshment stations along the route.

Included

  • An official jersey
    to be worn during the event
  • A welcome pack
  • Individual chip timing
    on the entire route
  • Course signage
  • Access to the Start village
  • Mechanical assistance and broom wagon
    the day before and on the day of the event
  • Rider safety
    motorbikes, cars and 150 volunteers
  • Medical assistance
  • Course pit-stops
  • A finishers medal and diploma
  • Individual photos
    Service provided by Photo Breton
  • A meal at the finish
  • Access to the bike park in the finish area
  • Vehicle parking
    close to the start / finish area
  • 1 raffle ticket
  • Not Included:

    Meals for accompanying persons, the official bib shorts and socks, equipment insurance.

Each participant will receive a special edition jersey featuring the anniversary logo of the Laughing Cow® brand.


Bib, gloves and socks are optiona

The Race

The Thonon Cycling Race is a timed endurance event open to cyclists of all levels. Some will aim for a spot on the podium; others will simply try to finish within the time cuts.

All routes will be timed from start to finish via a chip attached to each participants' handlebars.

Prizes: winners will receive a cup, a bouquet of flowers and a selection of local food specialties. Every participant who completes a course will receive a finisher's medal.

Overall classification (scratch) – Road & Gravel

The first 3 men and women of each Road and Gravel routes will win prizes.

Overall (scratch) – Gravel

– 1st mountain bike, men
– 1st mountain bike, women

Classifications by category – Road

The first 3 men and women in each category will win prizes for the Road routes.

Parasport – Road & Gravel

One or more specific rankings will be determined prior to the start for each Road and Gravel route depending on the list of starters.

F1 Women 18-30yo / Road (Short course: 16-30yo)
F2 Women 31-40yo / Road
F3 Women 41-50yo / Road
F4 Women 51-60yo / Road
F5 Women 61+ yo / Road
H1 Men 18-30yo / Road (Short course: 16 / 30 yo)
H2 Men 31-40yo / Road
H3 Men 41-50yo / Road
H4 Men 51-60yo / Road
H5 Men 61+ yo / Road

Questions

  • How do I remove my race number?

    How do I remove my race number?

    In the village of the event in Châtel, Pré-la-Joux :

    • The Friday before the event: from 14h to 18h45
    • .

    • Saturday morning: from 7.45 to 8.45 for the gravel event / from 9.00 to 18.45 for the Sunday events.
    • Sunday mornings :
    • Sunday mornings :

      • Small course at the UCI (Aigle) from 6h45 to 7h45
      • .

  • How is the draw going?

    An exceptional prize draw of 50,000€ will be held for all participants wearing the event jersey. The draw will take place in the exhibitor villages at Pré la Joux Châtel, at around 3pm.

    The winners must collect their prizes in person on presentation of their licence, identity card or race number. No prize will be sent or exchanged.

    All the participants (cyclo+gravel) are included in the draw (under respect of the rules).
    Rules and prize money can be consulted on the page practical information.

  • What are the time limits?

    Time barriers will be in place:

    ROAD

    • Arrival of all competitors before 15h Châtel Pré-la-Joux
    • .

    ROAD

    • Passage to Saint-Paul before 1pm (medium route).
    • Passage to the UCI before 11.50 am (long course).
    • Passage at Champéry before 1.15 pm (small and large course).
    • Arrival of all competitors before 3pm at Châtel Pré-la-Joux.

    Outside the time barriers, the broom wagon will remove the participants’ race numbers and double them. The participants will then find themselves in real traffic conditions (no flagmen, but the arrows will remain on).

    The draw for the tombola (15:00 – 15:30) will not exclude participants still on the road.

  • How about the post-event meal?

    The restaurant area is located at the start / finish site. Each participant will receive a meal ticket. Additional meal tickets for accompanying persons can be purchased for 10 € (for Saturday or Sunday lunchtime) at the time of registration. The area will be open from 11.15 am to 3.30 pm.

    A secure bicycle park will be available to participants near the restaurant area.

  • Where can I shower and eat?

    Showers, sanitary facilities and a dining room will be available in Châtel, Pré-la-Joux.

  • Short course – How do the shuttles and bibs work?

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    As the finish of the short course is in Châtel Pré-la-Joux and the start in Aigle, UCI – World Cycling Centre, the organisation offers a “shuttle” system on the morning of the race. It is then possible to drop off your vehicle at the finish site (Pré la Joux, Châtel) on the morning of the event and make the journey to the start by BUS shuttle (shuttle departure at 6.40 am).

    To do so, it is essential to have dropped off the bike the day before at the UCI World Cycling Centre (bike park guarded and secured at night) and to have reserved the shuttle at the time of registration (10€).

    On the morning of the race, at the start, you can leave your clothes in the deposit box. They will be taken to Châtel on arrival.

    Bib numbers

    Bibs (large, medium and small circuit) will be à̀ to be collected on Saturday 10th July from 9am to 6.45pm at Pré-la-Joux, Châtel. .

    There will be a stand-by duty on the morning of the race (11/07) from 7.00 am to 7.45 am at UCI World Cycling Centre, Aigle for the participants of the short course.

  • What is the event safety setup?

    We will have radio-connected drivers, motorcyclists and over 150 signaleurs.

    A request for right-of-way regime has been filed with the prefecture, however each participant is required to ride on the right hand side of the road and to follow the rules of the road.

  • How does the technical assistance go?

    A mechanics stand will be available on Saturday 4th in the event village for last minute checks. That said, each participant is required to have a bike in good working order and basic repair equipment is highly recommended for the ride.

    Private support vehicles are not allowed.

    The organisation’s insurance does not cover material damage. It is up to each participant to insure their equipment for use in the event.

  • Do I have to wear the event’s official jersey?

    Yes, the official event jersey must be worn at all times during the ride and is a condition for participation in the raffle draw. In case of bad weather, a jacket may be worn over the jersey.

    The jersey will not be exchangeable or returnable after registration so please make sure to consult the sizing guide before registering.

    Please note that the jerseys are form fitting. We recommend that you consider sizing up.

  • What gear is allowed?

    • Gravel: Gravel bikes, CX bikes (minimum 34mm tyre section recommended), E-bikes & MTB. Participants on mountain bikes will be placed in a second pen.
    • Cyclosportive: only traditional road bikes (no extensions or disc wheels). E-bikes are allowed on the short course (in hiking mode, no classification)
  • Will there be pit stops on the course?

    Yes. They will be marked on the maps and course profiles and reminded to participants at the start of the event.

    Competitors may be supplied by their friends at any point on the course, as long as that the provider is on foot, standing on the right-hand side of the road and that they do not affect the safety of the event or of the other participants. The refueling of a rider from a moving vehicle is strictly forbidden and will result in the immediate disqualification of the participant.

  • Can I have a priority bib?

    You have a index Otakam less than 10 and are registered at least 15 days before the event? you will automatically have a priority bib.

    Otherwise, please tell us why you need one by email.

  • Do I need a licence or a medical certificate?

    Are you a FFC, UFOLEP, FSGT, FFTRI, or FF Handisport licence holder? If so your 2021 licence will serve as a medical certificate. Foreign, FFCT and FF Vélo licences will not be accepted.

    If you are not a licence holder a doctor’s medical certificate less than a year old certifying that you are free of any medical contraindication to the practice of competitive cycling is mandatory. Without a valid medical certificate, you will not be given a bib number, nor be allowed to take the start. Liability waivers will not be accepted.

    FFC regulation: a blank medical certificate template can be downloaded below.

  • Where can I shower and eat?

    Showers, sanitary facilities and a dining room will be available to all and in large numbers at the event village in Châtel, Pré-la-Joux.
    Subject to the sanitary measures in force at the date of the event.

  • Can I register at the venue?

    Online registration will be open until the day of the event. On the day of the event it will be possible to register on location with your smartphone or the tools provided by the organisation. Online contact-free registration is recommended for health reasons.

  • Who can participate?

    The event is open to everyone, licence holders and non-licence holders, racers, cyclosportives cyclists or cyclotourists, aged 18 or above in the year of the event.

    The gravel and short course are open to riders aged 16 years and above subject to the provision of a signed parental authorisation on the day of the event.

Raffle

All participants will be entered into a giant raffle with some incredible prizes including a car. Check back here to see the list of prizes grow as the start date approaches.

KIA Piacanto
Provided by KIA Jacquet Automobiles Thonon

Instructions & Documents

Picking up your bib number

How do I remove my race number?

In the village of the event in Châtel, Pré-la-Joux :

  • The Friday before the event: from 14h to 18h45
  • .

  • Saturday morning: from 7.45 to 8.45 for the gravel event / from 9.00 to 18.45 for the Sunday events.
  • Sunday mornings :
  • Sunday mornings :

    • Small course at the UCI (Aigle) from 6h45 to 7h45
    • .

Arrival and start

Participants will be called to the start line 15 minutes before the start for a reminder of the instructions.

Medical certificate template to download (PDF)

A completed and signed medical certificate must be presented by all non-FFC, UFOLEP, FSGT, FF Handisport, and FFTRI licensee participants.

Parental authorisation template (PDF)

Road (Short) route and Gravel route: participation is open, with parental discharge, to minors turning 16 and more during the year.

Regulations

Road regulations (PDF)

3 courses – Sunday 11 July

Gravel regulations (PDF)

1 course – Saturday 10 July

Raffle terms of entry

The terms of entry and prize list will be added here soon.

Covid-19

The organisation will, to date, take all the necessary sanitary measures to welcome everyone. In the event of cancellation, the registration fees will be refunded after deduction of the booking fees.

How to reach Châtel ?

Located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, between Lake Geneva and Mont-Blanc, Châtel is 20 minutes from the Swiss motorways, 30 minutes from Aigle train station, 1h50 from Geneva Cointrin international airport and 45 minutes from Thonon-les-Bains train station.

By train, plane or car, find ICI all the information to come to Châtel.

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    Special Offers

  • Le Val Joli

     Châtel
     The Val Joly holiday centre offers you an offer at 30€ per night (shared room) or 50€ per night (single or double room). Decreasing rate if several nights. Breakfast 5€/pers. and possibility to have a sports dinner for 14€.

Pricing

Get 5% OFF both registrations if you sign up for the GRAVEL course and one ROUTE course.

Companies/Groups: DISCOUNT depending on number of participants (minimum 7).Contact us.
Online registration is open until the day of the event.
Gravel65 €
Road - Short65 €
Road - Medium65 €
Road - Long75 €
* Every rider will receive a free event jersey with his or her registration.
Officiel jersey *60 €
Additional meal10 €
Bib shorts75 €
Socks12 €
Gloves20 €