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The 4 Stage, 8000m Alpine Challenge kicks off in Annecy - New dates for 2016

Wednesday 9th September 2015

HotChillee's 6th edition of the Alpine Challenge kicks off in the French alps on Thursday 10 September. Hosted out of the lakeside town of Annecy the beauty and tranquillity belies the tough climbs that surround it.

Dave Dent, 2014 jersey winner goes head to head with Magnus Backstedt last year.

The multi stage event consists of a prologue and 3 stages covering almost 8,000 metres of climbing. This edition once again has a tough first day comprising a prologue up the Col de la Forclaz followed by a stage over the brutal Semnoz  (1699m) which was first used in the Tour de France in 1998 and then again in 2013.  Stage 2 includes the notorious Col des Aravis (1486m) which has been used 39 times in the Tour de France.  The final stage includes Col de L'Epine, Col le Marais and the tough Col de la Croix Fry (1478m) which was last used on the 2013 edition of the Tour de France.

The event has riders from all over the world taking part with riders competing for the Sigma Sport climbers jersey for the men and the Wattbike climbers jersey for the women's category. Additionally there are age category awards for the Masters (40-49) and Grand Masters (50+).  Last years men's category winner, Dave Dent will be defending his title this year.

1987 Tour de France winner Stephen Roche will be riding alongside the now legendary HotChillee Ride Captains. Many riders who take part in the lower seeded groups ride to complete the event and experience the pro peloton support rather than being too concerned about their times up some of the tough alpine climbs.

Sven Thiele, HotChillee's founder commented, "Whether you are here to race or just ride and finish; the stages and scenery with pro style full service support will provide you with an unforgettable Alpine experience. Finishing 8,000 metres of climbing in three days over 4 stages is very special."

Next years Alpine Challenge will see some new innovations to the event format, totally new routes and it will also move to the new date of 9-13 June 2016.

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