Emosson - Trophy of the Dams
The road to the dam is composed of two mountain passes, the Col de la Forclaz and the Col de la Gueulaz, culminating at 1528m and 1965m respectively. The dam region is made famous by dinosaur tracks imprinted into some of the local rocks. The road to the dam had the great honour of hosting a stage finish of the Tour de France on 20 July 2016!
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The city of Martigny is the starting point of this long climb of 30 kilometres that will surprise you with its incredibly diverse landscape. You start the day criss-crossing the vineyards before reaching the summit of the Col de la Forclaz in the middle of a larch forest. After a short descent through the town of Trient, you take a right turn off the main road to begin the second climb towards the dam. The ascent takes you through scenery worthy of the great Alpine passes. Feel free to refuel at Finhaut before the final climb to Emosson dam…it’s a tough one.