Col de la Croix Challenge

The Col de la Croix (1,778m) is the crown jewel of the Alpes vaudoises. Connecting Villars and Les Diablerets, it offers cyclists a thrilling challenge on a quiet mountain road with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.
From July 1st to August 31st, participate in the Challenge du Col de la Croix on Strava or on Instagram! 


Record your time on one of the two segments Villars - Col de la Croix and Les Diablerets - Col de la Croix between 1 July and 31 August and win one of the many prizes at stake for the men's and women's categories.

To participate:Villars - Col de la Croix  (7.4km, 450m elevation gain)
Les Diablerets - Col de la Croix  (8.0km, 580m elevation gain)
This challenge is only available to cyclists registered at the  “Le Col de la Croix” Strava Club. It is not open to professionals, i.e. members of UCI-registered teams.
We are counting on the participants’ fair play and reserve the right to disqualify any suspicious or unrealistic performances.


For those who are not (only) looking for competition, we have introduced a new feature this year: an Instagram competition.

How to participate?
● Take a photo while you are on the road of the Col de la Croix.
● Post it on Instagram with the #challengecoldelacroix
● During the challenge, we will share a selection of these photos on the Instagram account of
● At the beginning of September, we will choose 9 photos that we will submit to the vote of the community. The winner will win a special prize.
Villars - Col de la Croix

Villars - Col de la Croix

 The starting point is at the Villars sports centre.

It all begins with a kicker: A steep climb followed by a gentler gradient as you leave the village behind and reach green pastures. Then comes a flat section, allowing you to catch your breath.

After that, you enter the second half of the segment, a steady 4-kilometre ascent at between 7 and 9%. From the top of the hill, you can enjoy the views of the pristine Col de la Croix Alpine meadows and their herd, where tasty L’Etivaz cheese is produced every summer. Finally, you reach the summit at an elevation of 1,778 metres.
Les Diablerets-Col de la Croix

Les Diablerets-Col de la Croix

The starting point is at the edge of the village of Les Diablerets, next to the new Diablerets Express cable car station.

The gradient is more or less even: a distance of 8km at 7%. The road includes 4 hairpin turns, 2 on the first half and 2 on the second half.
This makes for a perfect fitness test!

2km from the summit, the road passes nearby gypsum formations, a geological curiosity formed by erosion.
Cycling in the region

Cycling in the region

Discover our network of marked mountain biking trails or tackle mountain roads and passes.

The routes with varying levels of difficulty provide plenty of excitement for all athletes, competitive or not. With its diverse terrain, our destination offers a wide variety of options for road cyclists and downhill bikers. 

Come and test a wide range of mountain biking, e-bike and cycling routes available in Villars, Gryon, Les Diablerets and Bex.
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The Tour des Alpes vaudoises by bike

The Tour des Alpes vaudoises by bike

Are you looking for individual or organized cycling holidays in the Swiss Alps?

  • 3 hotel nights with breakfast
  • Bike storage
  • Luggage transport
  • Roadbook
  • Gpx files for download to your GPS device
  • 24/24 telephone support during the tour by a local cycling guide