Entries to HotChillee's Alpine Challenge 2013 will open on 23rd October 2012 at 12:00 BST. Following the previous year's sell-out success, the 360 places on this end-of-season, multi-stage cycling event are expected to be filled quickly. To sign-up to the event, go to http://www.thealpinechallenge.com/.
The four Stage, three day Alpine cycling event will be held on the 11th to the 15th September 2013. Starting each day from the Riders' village on Lake Annecy, cyclists will cover approximately 320km and 7,000 metres of climbing, winding through the stunning French countryside of the Haute Savoie region. The route covers many Cols with some of the famous Tour de France climbs en-route, including Col de la Croix Fry, Col de la Forclaz and Col des Aravis; a pass used 39 times on the Tour de France.
Another Stage and another Col with breath-taking scenery.
There will be six speed groups, from those who want to take home the 'King of the Mountains' Jersey by winning the Timed Mountain sections, to those who see the challenge as completing the event. With the ride finishing in the early afternoon each day, riders can also take the time to relax off the bike in a beautiful lakeside setting with family, friends and colleagues.
The rolling road closures, Timed Mountain sections, motorbike outriders, support vehicles and extensive support crew all add to the pro-cycling experience of a lifetime. Cycling with legends and professionals such as Stephen Roche and Rapha Condor Sharp's Dean Downing, creates a pro-tour atmosphere. Like The London-Paris, the event is the subject of a 30 minute Eurosport programme, aired numerous times following the event.
On top of the world: Group three riders on the Alpine Challenge 2012 enjoying a break and the views on Stage Four.
2012 Pink Jersey winner, Tracy McAvoy says: "It's an amazing event. I cannot fault the outstanding organisation that went on behind the scenes to ensure this was one of the most memorable and exhilarating experiences I have ever had. Everyone was friendly and lots of laughs were had between the timed climb sections when legs were tested to their limits."
Official Team places are also available, consisting of four riders. Rapha Condor Sharp's Dean Downing is HotChillee's new Team Manager and all teams will be able to gain useful advice on training, nutrition, kit and even mental preparation for a staged cycling event. All team enquiries should go to email@example.com.
Tracy McAvoy in the Pink on Stage Four. McAvoy took the Pink Jersey home in 2012.
Once the hard work is done, riders and their friends and families join a Celebration Dinner and awards presentation overlooking the beautiful Lake Annecy.
In 2013 the top tier sponsors include Chain Reaction Cycles the official Retail Partner, Adobe as the official Training Jersey Partner, LeMarq as the Clothing Partner, Cyclosure as the Insurance Partner and Wattbike as the Training Partner. Vitus is also the Bike Partner and Skoda France is the Official Vehicle Sponsor.
Other partners include The TriTouch for massage and Eurosport as the official broadcaster. Stephen Roche Training Camps and Sportique Active Skincare are also partners in 2013.
This year's Jersey winners, Karl Platt and Tracy McAvoy lead the peloton to the finish.
For the Eurosport coverage of the Alpine Challenge 2012 please visit http://www.thealpinechallenge.com/eurosport_coverage_2012.php
For a video clip of the Alpine Challenge 2012 please visit http://www.thealpinechallenge.com/eurosport_coverage_2012.php
For images and race results from 2012 please visit http://www.thealpinechallenge.com/results2012.php
For daily media alerts and news please visit http://www.thealpinechallenge.com/news.php
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