1. Is the course closed to traffic?

Time trial June 26th 2020

The race is held on roads partially closed to road traffic and it is mandatory to comply with the road traffic law (LCR). It is forbidden to cut the turns. The two left turns (km 9.6 and km 16.6) are secured by the organization.

The start will be given individually every 30 seconds from 6:30pm. If the number of riders is big, the start will be given by groups of two or three riders, the last start time will be at 8pm.

30 safety officers will be dedicated to riders’ safety along the course.


Gran Fondo – June 28th 2020

The race is held on roads that are open to traffic and it is mandatory to comply with the road traffic law (LCR). A team of 30 motorcyclists and traffic warden will be dedicated to riders’ safety as well as safety of other road users. Everyone must ensure their own safety and adapt their speed to the course, to the traffic conditions and to the weather conditions. (rain, wind, etc.).

The rider who are less than 30 minutes away from the head of the race, are in a „race environment “. However, they must comply with the road traffic law, in particular:

  • Pass the roundabouts and the islands on the right side ;
  • Stop at rail crossing as soon as the lights turn on ;
  • Respect the roads priorities.

A vehicle equipped with a warning sign runs 30 minutes behind the first rider to indicate that the riders behind are still in the race but that the safety measures are lightened. Riders must of course still comply with the road traffic law.

In addition, the following sectors are completely closed to traffic for a certain period of time:

  • The first climb of the « Col de la Croix » as well as the downhill to Les Diablerets during 60 minutes from the start in Villars;
  • The climb from Montbovon to Lac de l’Hongrin during 60 minutes after the first rider has passed;
  • The final climb from Les Diablerets to Col de la Croix during 90 minutes after the first rider has passed.

Outside these periods of time, roads are open to traffic.

After arriving at Col de la Croix, riders join the Villars Sports Center on a road that is completely open to traffic.

Riders who pass a roundabout or an island from the left will be excluded from the race. The same applies to those who will behave in a manner deemed dangerous by the members of the organization.

2. Is the UCI Gran Fondo Switzerland open to all?

The UCI Gran Fondo Switzerland is open to all cyclist, licensed or not, who are physically able to complete the course (108 km and 2600m of climbing). Riders who finish the race in the first 20% of their age group will qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Vancouver, Canada in 2020; however, the main objective is to challenge yourself on the roads of the Alpes vaudoises and enjoy it!

3. Do I need a license to participate? Do I need to provide a medical certificate?

Participants must be in good health and properly trained. A license and/or a medical certificate is not required to participate in cycling for all events in Switzerland.

However, the organization highly recommends that participants consult a doctor to confirm their ability to perform this type of effort.

Each participant must have their own insurance (accident insurance and civil liability insurance), covering bodily injury and property damages on Swiss territory.


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