HotChillee’s Global Event Series has become synonymous with the pro tour experience, providing enthusiasts with the full Grand Tour experience of rolling road closures, Timed Race sections, and a full crew of motorbike outriders, masseurs, mechanics and support cars. The Alpine Challenge is no exception and the route has been finely tuned to give riders a taste of some of the infamous Cols featured in the Tour de France; Col de la Croix Fry, Col des Aravis Col de la Forclaz and the Forêt de Quintal used as the final climb to Semnoz in this year’s Tour de France and L’Étape du Tour.
Felix Barker, the youngest rider participating in the Alpine Challenge in 2012 – and one that was in contention for the esteemed King of the Mountains Jersey – is returning this year to try to win the jersey. Felix says: “Last year’s Alpine Challenge was incredible. I got to cycle with professionals Karl Platt and Dean Downing. 1987 Triple Crown Winner, Stephen Roche shared a few tips with me and I’m now sponsored by Chain Reaction Cycles. Coming back to the Alpine Challenge this year will be interesting. I wasn’t too far behind the professionals competing for the King of the Mountains Jersey last year and I’m aiming to take it home with me this time. It’s a tough ride, with some painful climbs; it’s great riding.”
Joining the Alpine Challenge this year is Tour de France legend, Stephen Roche and 1988 World Champion, Maurizio Fondriest, who is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his victory. There’s always stiff competition between the Official Teams and this year will see six teams battle it out for the prestigious Best Team Award. The teams are: Chain Reaction Cycles; CycloSure; TS-Associates, Wattbike 1&2 and Dawsons Solicitors.
On Saturday 14th – with tired legs after many miles of breath-taking scenery, tough climbs and fast descents – the riders will cross the finish line. Friends and family, who have been on the journey with them, supporting their training and encouraging them to the finish line, will be waiting for them at the Riders’ Village. Champagne, medals and well-deserved lakeside hijinks will ensue. In the evening, riders are taken by coach to a venue by the lake where they will have the Celebration Dinner and after party. Awards will be presented to winners in each category.
In 2013 the top tier sponsors include: Retail Partner, Chain Reaction Cycles; Bike Partner, Vitus; Vehicle Partner, Skoda and Training Partner, Wattbike.
Official Partners and Sponsors include: Clothing Partner, LeMarq; Insurance Partner, CycloSure; Nutrition Partner, SiS; Official Broadcaster, Eurosport; Massage Partner, TheTriTouch; Stephen Roche Training Camps; Moët & Chandon, Sportique Active Skincare; Bike Cleaning Partner, Purple Harry and Musettes Partner, MOT Models.
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Alpine Challenge 2012, Stage One: Riders feel the burn on the Timed Climb Section.
Stage Two of the Alpine Challenge 2012: The peloton hugs the shoreline of beautiful Lake Annecy.
Professional cyclists Karl Platt (in Chazal leaders jersey) and Dean Downing (Rapha Condor Sharp) trail Jerone Walters (HotChillee), Elite amateur on Stage Three of the Alpine Challenge 2012.