This past weekend riders from 10 nations completed the 6th edition of the HotChillee Alpine Challenge. Riders took on many of the Tour de France classic climbs including the now notorious Semnoz, Col des Aravis, Col de L'Epine, Col le Marais and culminating on the tough Col de la Croix Fry for the final stage.
The challenge ranges in riders who wish to merely complete the event (almost 8,000m) to those that wish to race for leaders jerseys or age category awards. There is also a strong social element based out of the race village on the shores of Lac Annecy.
The Sigma Sport climbers jersey for the men and the Wattbike climbers jersey for the women's category were hotly contested and won by:
Sigma Sport Mens Leader's Jersey winner - Jamie Wilkins
Wattbike Womens Leader's Jersey winner - Michelle Dand
Age Category awards were made to:
Male Master - Marcus Fink
Female Master - Michelle Dand
Male Grand Master - Dave Dent
Female Grand Master - Michelle Lock
Group 1 Sebastien Jorry
Group 2 Brigitte Padewski
Group 3 Maria Stevenson
Full results can be accessed here
Jon Leighton from JML Racing and the UCI Mass Participation Commission said after riding the event for the second time:
"HotChillee is the best amateur European alpine stage race. Fully supported, rolling road closures, awesome climbs, beautiful scenery, nothing else to think about apart from riding your bike as hard and fast as you can muster. A unique experience not to missed. See you in June 2016."
Next years Alpine Challenge will see some new innovations to the event format, totally new routes and it will also move to a new date in June 2016. Details will be made available shortly.
Winner of the Wattbike Womens Leader's Jersey Michelle Dand, Tour de France winner Stephen Roche and Jamie Wilkins (Pro Cycling Magazine) winner of the Sigma Sport Mens Leader's Jersey winner