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Villard de Lans, Vercors

Villard de Lans is a charming mountain town in the heart of the Vercors Regional Nature Park, located at the foot of the Grande Moucherolle (2285m). Its central location in the Vercors, warm atmosphere, exceptional climate and its ski lift network have made Villard the largest destination in the Vercors thus providing you and your family a variety of hotel, restaurant and entertainment options for your GFNY race week experience.
 
The Vercors Regional Nature Park is an outdoors lover’s dream due to its natural features like tall limestone cliffs, deep gorges, caves, high plateaus, green valleys, mountain pastures, and great biodiversity of fauna and flora. The Vercors’ high cliffs from the massif dominate the valley below, providing awe-inspiring views.
 
Enjoy the cycling on the spectacular and daring roads of the Vercors! These stunning roads were cut out from the cliffside and the exceptional panoramas they offer have made the Vercors famous.
 
A popular outdoors destination that was awarded the Family Plus label, Villard de Lans offers a vast array of activities like hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, climbing and canyoning. During your Vercors visit, experience the vast spaces where nature and history combine, dive into the underground mysteries of caves, and discover the skills of local artisans and farmers for a trip that will make a lasting impression and a provide a sport highlight of your year.

The pre-race expo is held in the city center of Villard de Lans. Balcon de Villard, a resort located 5 km from the town of Villard de Lans, hosts the start and finish line of the race, as well as the post-race festivities.

Long Course

GFNY Villard de Lans travels through the heart of the magnificent Vercors Natural Regional Park. Be ready to have your breath taken away by the stunning roads cut out of the cliffside, the imposing limestone escarpments, deep gorges, green valleys, mountain pastures and sweeping landscapes.
 
After a short neutralized descent from Balcon Villard Cote 2000 and a few hilly kilometers, you will take on the first climb of the day, Col de la Croix Perrin, with a summit at 1218m.

From km30, race on a flatter but not less challenging profile through the Gorges de la Bourne, with its impressive viewpoints and along its hilly road carved in the rock.

From there, about 50km of ascending profile until km85 and the small ski resort of Font d'Urle and its 1500m which will be the highlight of this course.

Enjoy the next 25km of descents on the most beautiful road of the Vercors, in direction of the Col de la Machine, famous for its layout carved right into the cliff, the Combe Laval road weaves its way through a grandiose circus, a titanic gash 4km deep that dominates the Royannais country. 

There are countless tunnels through the rocks, peaks, viewpoints and dizzying lookouts, so take advantage of the view and recharge your batteries before the finale. Over the final 40km, you will cross a multitude of small tunnels cut in the rock in the direction of the demanding pass of Herbouilly and its summit at km144.
 
Only 13km remain for this final climb to Villard de Lans and its arrival which has seen several times a Tour de France arrival and prestigious victories such as that of Laurent Fignon or more recently in 2020 which saw the victory of a young German in solo.

The season of the cyclosportive mountain is launched, don't be mistaken, the course will be demanding but the sight of the mythical and indescribable landscapes of the Vercors will make you very quickly forget the challenges of this race course.

LONG COURSE IS A COMPETITION: Only the finishers of the long course are eligible for category rankings and Overall and Podium awards. If you want to race and be ranked in your category, you must complete the long course. Top 20% of GFNY Europe Championship finishers in each age group earn a spot in the Qualifier Corral at every GFNY World event.

Medium Course

GFNY Villard de Lans travels through the heart of the magnificent Vercors Natural Regional Park. Be ready to have your breath taken away by the stunning roads cut out of the cliffside, the imposing limestone escarpments, deep gorges, green valleys, mountain pastures and sweeping landscapes.
 
After a short neutralized descent from Balcon Villard Cote 2000 and a few hilly kilometers, you will take on the first climb of the day, Col de la Croix Perrin, with a summit at 1218m.
 
From km30, race on a flatter but not less challenging profile through the Gorges de la Bourne, with its impressive viewpoints and along its hilly road carved in the rock.

There are countless tunnels through the rocks, peaks, viewpoints and dizzying lookouts, so take advantage of the view and recharge your batteries before the finale. Over the final 40km, you will cross a multitude of small tunnels cut in the rock in the direction of the demanding pass of Herbouilly and its summit at km55.

From there, take on the final 13km climb to Villard de Lans, where you will celebrate your arrival.

MEDIUM COURSE IS NOT A COMPETITION: The riders of the medium course will be provided their start-to-finish time, but will not be ranked by finish time. All finish times will be listed in alphabetical order.

Perks included as part of GFNY Villard de Lans

THE JERSEY: All riders receive the official GFNY Villard de Lans race jersey, which is mandatory attire at the race. The jersey is designed in NYC and Made in Italy.

CHIP TIMING: GFNY Villard de Lans is a timed race. Each athlete has their own timing chip, which starts right after you cross the start line and stops when you cross the finish line. Timing results will be available at gfny.cc/results.

FINISHER MEDAL: Every GFNY Villard de Lans finisher receives a medal, no matter which distance they complete. All finishers also earn a “Finish” towards their 3x2020-2021 GFNY medal or the 10x medal. Go to gfny.com/medals for more information on GFNY’s multi-finisher medals.

GFNY Gear

GFNY Coaching

Coaching.gfny.com is a platform to help you find your best GFNY performance through personalized training plans, performance analysis, online meetings and an extensive library of training content.
 
GFNY Coaching can help you prepare for all your GFNY World races. You can choose from one of three monthly plan options that provides you with a training plan by a GFNY coach to help you meet your goals in your next GFNY, whether the goal is #breaking10, #breaking6, or even #breaking4. All of our plans are customized for each athlete, and feedback and coach contact is always included. GFNY Coaching is available in English and Spanish.
 
No matter your goals or level of experience in cycling, whether you have a couple of months to tune-up, or half a year to change yourself completely as an athlete, you will be ready to hit that PB, get your highest placing ever, or just finish your first GFNY race.

GFNY Training Center

The GFNY Training Center section of coaching.gfny.com provides you content focused on training topics like nutrition, cadence, and power, as well as course guides to GFNY races around the World. This training and course strategy content is free of charge to every GFNY athlete.

GFNY Villard de Lans is proud to host the 2022 GFNY European Championship

If you finish a GFNY Regional Championship or the GFNY World Championship long course in the top 20% of your age group, you will start in the Qualifier Corral at all GFNYs for the next 380 days.

March 06, 2022 - GFNY Championship Asia – Bali
March 20, 2022 - GFNY Championship South America – Punta del Este
May 13, 2022 - GFNY Championship Middle East-Africa – Jerusalem
May 15, 2022 - GFNY World Championship - NYC

Overall Champions (man and woman) of the GFNY Regional Championships win flights, hotel and entry to GFNY World Championship NYC to compete for the GFNY World Championship crown.

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