The Tour de France. Possibly the most famous cycle race in the world? Rumour has it that 2020’s race could feature an exceptional summit finish on the brand new Col de la Loze.
For those of you that don’t know your Cols from you Loze, this is a big deal for Méribel. The last time Meribel hosted a Tour finish was all the way back in 1973!
The Col de la Loze, which was completed this summer, is a 2304m high, traffic free road connecting Méribel and Courchevel and is reported to be the final climb of stage 16 of the Tour de France. The full route is set to be revealed tomorrow, October 15th, but a local newspaper, Dauphiné Libéré, has pointed towards a potential mountain top finale at the top of Col de la Loze.
At over 2000m high, an average gradient of nearly 10 per cent and several ramps well into the double digits, it will be a day for the most hardy of cyclists. For the majority of us folk, it will simply mean an epic backdrop to the famous race.
It has already been confirmed that the race will start in Nice but as more details emerge, we will be sure to keep you posted!