(Distance to the Maya Guesthouse – 10,60 km)
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The Grand Raid is considered to be the longest and most difficult mountain bike tour in the world.
The four course options are:
Verbier to Grimentz: ~128km and 5025m climbing. This will be verified when the final route is set.
Nendaz to Grimentz: 93km and 3944m of climbing.
Heremence to Grimentz: 68km and 2996m of climbing.
Evolene to Grimentz: 37km and 1845m of climbing.
The Cristalp is a well known event, and worthwhile doing. It is extremely well organized, and includes a mandatory mechanical check of bikes. Feed stations are plentiful, and you may serenaded by alphorns along the route in the early hours. Helicopters, alpenhorns and whirring chains are a symphony unto themselves. The Cristalp is one of Europe’s hardest Mountain Bike Marathons in Switzerland’s fine wine growing region.