8 August 2020 - Pro Race
Presented by : CC Plaine de l'Ain & Pays de Gex Agglo
The Spectator's Guide
140 km (87 mi)
+3,159 m (10,365 ft)
12:15 pm CEST
4:00 pm CEST (estim.)
DescriptionThe stage will cross the Haute Chaîne du Jura which is, for the most part, classified as a National Nature Reserve (RNN). The preservation of this exceptional territory depends, among other things, on your behaviour. hus, to ensure the durability of this sensitive area and the practices that take place there, it is advisable to adapt your habits and respect the regulations in force.
5 racing highlights
KM 30.1GPM - Col de Montgriffon (Cat. 2)
KM 54.5GPM - Col de Cuvillat (Cat. 3)
KM 93.4GPM - Côte de Giron (Cat. 2)
KM 119GPM - Col de Menthières (Cat. 2)
KM 140.1GPM - Arrivée Lélex Monts-Jura (Cat. 2)
Leaning against the hill of Bramafan, Lagnieu is a pretty little town of more than 7000 inhabitants, built at the exit of a wide valley open on the Rhone. Lagnieu is located on the ViaRhôna, a greenway accessible to cyclists and pedestrians.
A seaside resort with an open-air swimming pool consisting of two large pools, one with a 5-metre diving board, is open all summer long.
Close to the Plaine de l’Ain, Lagnieu is home to a glass factory and a diamond factory for industry. However, it is still an old town with some remarkable old buildings: the Solan farm (the highest), the Pavillon de Bramafan, the Château Nérard (19th century), the Maison forte with its tower and the Posafol chapel.
The “Old Castle”, built in 1471 by Claude de Montferrand, has restored 16th century mural paintings, to be discovered during the Heritage Days.
The tower of Montverd between Lagnieu and Vaux en Bugey, the ruins of the castle of Ruffieu or the site of Joyamoux whose cross recalls the former place of quarantine of the pestiférés in 1581 invite to the stroll.
The neo-gothic church dedicated to St John the Baptist, built in 1867 and restored in 1986, houses an altarpiece, interesting statues and paintings but also a 15th century carved and painted wooden tryptic.
The Chapel of the Cross of 1460 (known as the Plaster of the Cross), restored in 2007, is located in the cemetery.
Numerous wash houses, fountains and three dovecotes (Chanves, Biaune and Posafol.) are to be discovered. La Croix du Bramafan (586m) offers an exceptional view of the Rhône with the mountains of Lyon as a backdrop. It is a must for the Lagnolans.
Lélex, in the heart of Monts-Jura
Lélex, a village of about 260 souls, nestled in the heart of the Valserine valley. Its location, in the Haut Jura Nature Park and at the foot of the Haute Chaine du Jura Nature Reserve makes it a popular destination for hiking enthusiasts.
Lélex is the ideal “base camp” for accessing the highest peaks of the Jura such as the Crêt de la Neige (1720m) or discovering the Valserine, the first river classified as a “wild river”.
At Bijoux, the golf course offers 9 holes of medium difficulty, its location in an intensely green landscape gives it a unique beauty.
In terms of heritage, the history of Lélex and the Valserine Valley is embodied by precious testimonies of local know-how, such as the museum of fine stones in Bijoux, or the cheese dairy in Chézery-Forens, one of the last four fruit farms to produce the tasty Bleu de Gex!
Life-size skiing in Mont Jura is also in Lélex, here it’s the guarantee of high quality skiing on easy or demanding slopes. The domain of LELEX-CROZET is dedicated to “Grand Ski”. Here the longest and steepest slopes (800m) of the entire Jura massif are developed with powder “spots” for free-riders. The organisers of the French Alpine and Telemark Skiing Championships have chosen the mythical Rhodos/Lelex runs for these great competitions.
Another major advantage: the pistes of Lélex-Crozet are 12 minutes by gondola lift from the Geneva basin.