It was in 1978 that was given by Louison Bobet the start of the first climb of the Col du Granon in Serre Chevalier. Each year, this cycling event takes place in summer and gather hundred of cyclists. The 39th edition is scheduled for Monday, August 15, 2016.
In 1986, the Tour de France stage was on top of the passl, it helped to make this event very popular. The 12km race, with an elevation gain of 1063 meters, in a fantastic background, makes it a classic that everyone should have done once.
The challenge …The Alps !
The Granon, considered as the steepest pass in the Briançonnais sets at 2404 meter. It is one of the most difficult passes in Europe with an average 9,3 % ascent. The Granon challenge is also one of the oldest cycling races in the Hautes-Alpes.