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Col de la Croix Challenge

The Col de la Croix (1,778m) is the crown jewel of the Vaud Alps. Connecting Villars and Les Diablerets, it offers cyclists a thrilling challenge on a quiet mountain road with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.
 
New for this summer: the “Col de la Croix” Strava Challenge. Enter your time on one of the two segments Villars - Col de la Croix or Les Diablerets - Col de la Croix between 1 August and 30 September for the chance to win one of numerous prizes in the men’s and women’s categories.
 
To participate:
1. Register at the “Le Col de la Croix” Strava Club
 
2. Ride one of the following two segments:
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.
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.
Diablerets - Col de la Croix

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.
The Challenge

The Challenge

Ride up the Col de la Croix between 1 August and 30 September to win one of numerous prizes for the men’s and women’s categories! Are you ready for this thrilling challenge? 

Sign up at Strava and enter our contest for a chance to win vouchers for one of our partnering sporting goods stores. 

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.

In addition to the prizes to be won, the Chez Francine bar at Col de la Croix offers a drink to participants! Indeed, order a Francine drink and pie and you will be entitled to a free extra drink!
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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Rent a bike

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The tour of the Vaud alps by bike

The tour of the Vaud alps by bike

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  • 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

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