The Grand Raid Marathon, which is truly the largest European mountainbike marathon taking place in the high mountains, was for the first time organized in 1990. Since then, the event takes place each year and can count on about 3.000 participants.
It takes place in the ski area of Les 4 Vallées in the Swiss canton of le Valais. You can start at different locations, but the finish always lies in Grimentz.
The single track course is not easy, but it brings you along the most beautiful places. The organization is perfect, and the food supplies are excellent.
The longest course starts in Verbier with 125 km (77.76 miles) and 5025 altimeter. The shortest course starts in Evolène with 37 km (22.99 miles) and 1845 altimeter.
The course passes along the following villages :
Verbier - start 1: 125 km, 5025 altimeter, (1500m)
La Tzoumaz (1510 m)
Nendaz – Start 2: 93 km, 3.944 altimeter (1360 m)
Veysonnaz (1330 m)
Les Collons (1780 m)
Hérémence - Start 3 : 68 km, 2.966 altimeter (1270 m)
Mandelon (2030 m)
Evolène - Start 4 : 37 km, 1.845 altimeter (1380 m)
Eison (1650 m)
L’ A Vieille (2370 m)
Pas de Lona (2787 m)
Grimentz : arrival (1570 m)
The edition 2017 takes place on August 18 ad 19.
The area of "Les 4 Vallées", where Le Grand Raid takes places, is a real Mountainbike heaven during Summer time.
More info about the region and the event :
Bike-friendly lodgings in the neighbourhood :
|Pension Pas de Lona
Central Hotel Verbier
La Pension d'Evolène
Chalet Etoiles de
Location: Haute-Nendaz, Nendaz, Suisse (Explore routes near Haute-Nendaz, Nendaz, Suisse.)