The climb up the Petite Forclaz from Martigny is already legendary; in September 2020, it will become a playground for cycling’s global elite.
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Western Switzerland and Valais are set to welcome the UCI Road World Championships for the first time in September 2020. The high point of the route is the hill that rises up from Martigny, passing through the vineyards and the villages of Les Rappes and La Fontaine, and pitting the world’s best cyclists against one other. Climbing the Petite Forclaz is a formidable challenge: the 400m ascent covers four kilometres and has an average gradient of 11%, with some sections exceeding 14%. Test yourself against the champions and give your calf muscles a workout on the route’s numerous hairpin bends. Once you’ve reached the Route de la Forclaz, you can choose to tackle an additional route section consisting of the Tour de France climb up to the Emosson dam via the Col de la Forclaz, or return to Martigny via the main road.