Gran Fondo 2017
The road race circuits will start in the heart of the Episcopal City. The international field for both races will pass along the river Tarn, before exploring the vineyards of Gaillacois. The 155 km course counts for all the men categories under 60 years old and 97 kms for all the female categories and men + 60.
The landscapes of the long distance course of 155 kms, divided for the start and for the final with the previous route will delight followers as much as the riders, with views of Castelnau de Montmirail, Puyceslci, Bruniquel, Penne, Corniche Brousse Saint Antonin Noble Val and Cordes, offering sumptuous shots. The peloton will go over the côte de Castelnau, the long climb to Vaour and its ancient Megalith, the difficult cliff St. Antonin and the slopes of the vineyard on the way back to the finish. A selective course perspective which will test all riders!
The 97 kms circuit has an undulating profile after Labastide de Lévis at 10 km. A natural selection will happen with the consecutive climbs after Cahuzac sur Vere, then after Cordes and the famous climb du Moulin de Julien. The finish on the Albi Motor Racing Circuit will award the best women of 2017, as well the men over 60.
The road race courses will start from the the heart of the Episcopal City, on the square before of the illustrious cathedral Saint Cécile, taking the circuit of the Bastide houses, medieval walled cities, nowadays picturesque and welcoming. The international field for both races will pass along the river Tarn, before exploring the vineyards of Gaillacois. From there it will start towards the heights of the Grésigne, which joins the steep valley of the Aveyron, they will greet the walls of Cordes, the pearl of houses, elected in 2014 "favorite French village", before joining the Circuit of Albi, host for decades of sporting and popular events in the Albigeois.
The Individual Time Trial is a circuit of 22.5 km. The course is situated on the west side of the capital of the Tarn, mainly flat and has a mid-term climb that will widen the gap and test conditions of all the riders.
The course will start and finish at the Circuit d’Albi motor racing ground, with great memories in the history of the Tour de France of the victory of Roger Pingeon in 1968 and especially the fierce duel that indulged Eddy Merckx and Luis Ocaña at the Tour 1971 the day before the tragic fall of the yellow jersey in the descent of the Col de Mente !
The historic center of Albi opens its main roads to the circuit of the Team Relay race, the riders will pass at the Sainte Cécile Cathedral, the Palace of Barbie and Musée Toulouse Lautrec, before going down towards the River Tarn and climbing up again towards the Place du Vigan, the "Champs Elysees" of Albi.