From the famous mountain resort of Verbier to the Val d'Illiez, this eighth stage takes you on a voyage of discovery, from the high mountain lake of Champex to the peaceful roads through the Rhone Valley along the banks of the Rhone River.
Leaving Verbier, you'll enjoy magnificent views of the Combins before descending towards Le Châble and then Sembrancher. Next, you'll begin your ascent, which will take you through the village of Orsières, with the path becoming steeper until you reach the idyllic lake of Champex. The route is then downhill through the Champex valley in the direction of Martigny. It’s impossible to visit the region without climbing the Petite Forclaz, one of the locations of the 2020 UCI Road World Championships. Afterwards, you'll head back into the valley along the Route de la Forclaz and then cycle in the direction of Lake Geneva. You'll then reach the Illiez Valley after a gentle climb towards Les Giettes and arrive in Champéry along a path that offers thrilling views of the impressive mountain face formed by the Dents du Midi.
Enjoy a stopover by the bucolic Champex lake, after your first real ascent of the itinerary. Swimming is allowed.
Strictly respect the Swiss traffic rules. Please note that you are running the tour at your own risk and all liability is refused. Please be considerate to plants and animals. For your own safety, wear an helmet every time you ride a bike.Emergency numbers: 144 Ambulance / 117 Police / 1414 Helicopter Rescue (Rega).
We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.