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Torgon – Scenic & side valleys

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From the valley, just a stone’s throw from the UCI offices at the World Cycling Centre, this 12.8-kilometre climb takes you up to the Torgon resort.
moderate
Distance 12.9 km
1:25 h
772 m
13 m
1,142 m
394 m
Starting from Vionnaz, set off on your climb in the direction of Torgon through the vineyards. Continue your ascent with several hairpin bends alongside open meadows before coming to a shadier section on the edge of the forest. At 12.8 kilometres long with an ascent of 760 metres, this route provides a steady climb with a moderate gradient between Vionnaz and Reveleuraz. A short downhill stretch lets you catch your breath before a steeper section takes you to the village of Torgon, offering a sublime panorama of the Vaud Alps and Lake Geneva. Continue along a gentler slope as you leave Torgon, where the route takes a detour via the La Jorette complex – the location of the finish line for the Tour de Romandie’s mountain stage in 2019. Return to the valley along the same route in the opposite direction.

Author’s recommendation

Extend your climb with an ascent to Plan de Croix and cycle through a wilder landscape of impressive spruce and pine forests.
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Author
Laura Marro
Update: February 03, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Vionnaz, La Jorette, 1,142 m
Lowest point
Vionnaz, Place du village, 394 m
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Track types

Asphalt 0.91%Road 99.07%
Asphalt
0.1 km
Road
12.8 km
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Safety information

Strictly respect the Swiss traffic rules. Please note that you are running the tour at your own risk and all liability is refused. Please be considerate to plants and animals. For your own safety, wear an helmet every time you ride a bike.

Emergency numbers: 144 Ambulance / 117 Police / 1414 Helicopter Rescue (Rega).

Tips and hints

More information about the destination Region Dents du Midi:

Region Dents du Midi

Start

Vionnaz, Place du village (393 m)
Coordinates:
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2'558'535E 1'128'986N
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46.310996, 6.900368
DMS
46°18'39.6"N 6°54'01.3"E
UTM
32T 338335 5130744
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Destination

Vionnaz, Torgon, La Jorette

Turn-by-turn directions

From the centre of Vionnaz village, set off in the direction of Torgon, a mountain village culminating at 1,100 metres in altitude which forms part of the Portes du Soleil ski area. This quiet road climbs quickly with a succession of hairpin bends through the heart of a pretty forest dotted with clearings. After passing through the hamlet of Revereulaz, there is a short downhill section before you continue your climb towards Torgon village. A gentler slope covers the last two kilometres along the side of the valley before you cross the Avançon River to reach the La Jorette complex – the setting of the finish line for the Tour de Romandie’s mountain stage in 2019. From here, turn around and head back to the valley along the same route to finish your tour in Vionnaz.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Take the train to Martigny train station, then change for the regional train towards St-Gingolph and get off at Vionnaz. It is also possible to take the train to the SBB station at Monthey or Aigle and finish your journey by bus to Vionnaz village.

Getting there

From the motorway, take exit 17 at Aigle, then follow the road crossing the Rhône towards Vionnaz.

Parking

Several parking spots are available on Rue du Collège and throughout the village.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'558'535E 1'128'986N
DD
46.310996, 6.900368
DMS
46°18'39.6"N 6°54'01.3"E
UTM
32T 338335 5130744
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1304 Val d'Illiez / 1284 Monthey

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.9 km
Duration
1:25 h
Ascent
772 m
Descent
13 m
Highest point
1,142 m
Lowest point
394 m
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