Guides & Documents

Practical Information

This gran fondo is a timed mass event, open to everyone from 16 years old* with a medical certificate. With nearly 1,000 people expected at the start line, the Thonon Cycling Race will go well beyond the borders of the department. The local authorities involved will be keen to welcome participants and accompanying persons in Thonon-les-Bains, in the Chablais region, and more generally in all the towns and villages crossed and at the various refreshment stations along the route.

The Thonon Cycling Race is a round of the Label d'Or Trophy of the French Cycling Federation.

Included

  • An official GOBIK jersey
    to be worn during the event
  • A welcome pack
  • Individual chip timing
    on the entire route
  • Course signage
  • Access to the Start village
  • Mechanical assistance and broom wagon
    the day before and on the day of the event
  • Rider safety
    motorbikes, cars and 150 volunteers
  • Medical assistance
  • Course pit-stops
  • A meal at the finish
  • Access to the bike park in the finish area
  • Vehicle parking
    close to the start / finish area
  • 1 raffle ticket
  • Medal
    for finishers
  • Not Included:

    Meals for accompanying persons, the official bib shorts and socks, equipment insurance.


ROAD JERSEY

GRAVEL JERSEY

The first 1000 registrants will receive a jersey with the colors of the event.

The Race

The Thonon Cycling Race is a timed endurance event open to cyclists of all levels. Some will aim for a spot on the podium; others will simply try to finish within the time cuts.

All routes will be timed from start to finish via a chip attached to each participants' handlebars.

Prizes: winners will receive a cup, a bouquet of flowers and a selection of local food specialties. Every participant who completes a course will receive a finisher's medal.

Overall classification (scratch) – Road & Gravel

The first 3 men and women of each Road and Gravel routes will win prizes.

Overall (scratch) – Gravel

– 1st mountain bike, men
– 1st mountain bike, women

Classifications by category – Road

The first 3 men and women in each category will win prizes for the Road routes.

Parasport – Road & Gravel

One or more specific rankings will be determined prior to the start for each Road and Gravel route depending on the list of starters.

F1Women 18-30yo / Road (Short course: 16-30yo)
F2Women 31-40yo / Road
F3Women 41-50yo / Road
F4Women 51-60yo / Road
F5Women 61+ yo / Road
H1Men 18-30yo / Road (Short course: 16 / 30 yo)
H2Men 31-40yo / Road
H3Men 41-50yo / Road
H4Men 51-60yo / Road
H5Men 61+ yo / Road

Questions

The events are open to all, licensed and non-licensed cyclosportives aged 18 and over in the year of the event*.
*For each event, the “trek” or/and “short course” format are open to competitors aged 16 and over in the year – subject to providing parental permission on the day of the event. A blank parental permission form can be found online.

To participate iǹ the event, all participants acknowledge:

  • Having read the rules of the event and accepting their clauses in their entiretý
  • Having become aware of the risks associated with cycling, such as individual or collective falls
  • Have acquired a cycling level in line with the chosen route and be fully aware of its difficulty
  • Know how to manage the realities of riding on hilly courses and in weather conditions that may be difficult (rain, cold…)
  • Show respect to participants and private property that the course may cross
  • Provide assistance and help to any participant in difficultý
  • Respect the mandatory equipment

Participants compete as individuals. The organizer reserves the right to limit the number of participants without notice.

Depending on the number of participants, a “handisport” category will be set up for each course. The participants competing in this category will have to mention it at the time of their registration (check box). For obvious reasons of safety and visibility, they will nevertheless have to position themselves at the extreme back or front of the pack when the starting line is set up. The bike must be equipped in such a way as to be visible in a cyclist’s field of vision.

Race numbers will be allocated in the order of receipt of the registration forms. The organizer reserves the right to issue priority numbers (SAS in the first line). A justified request of a sporting nature can be addressed to: chablaislemansportorganisation@gmail.com

The request must be made at the latest 7 days before the date of the event.

The timetable of each course and details of the itinerary can be found on the website, page “ROUTE” or “GRAVEL”. The route is defined subject to the prefectural authorization and can be modified by the organizer at any time.

All participants will be called to the starting line 15 minutes before the start of the race for a reminder of the instructions. It is the responsibility of each participant to be present in time for the registration, the briefing, and the start of the event.

A “dummy” / “neutralized” start may be set up for each course in order to give the real start, launched, when all safety conditions are met.

According to the FFC conditions, to validate their registration, participants will have to provide a medical certificate or a copy of their license.

  • FFC, UFOLEP, FSGT, FF Handisport & FFTri licensees will have to provide the photocopy (perfectly legible) of their license on the year of the event.
  • FFCT, FFC Pass’Loisirs, Service, Encadrement, Referee licensees will have to provide the photocopy of a medical certificate indicating the non-contraindication to the practice of cycling in competition dating less than 1 year on the day of the race. The certificate must be perfectly legible dated, signed by the doctor with his stamp.
  • Foreign participants, licensed or not, will have to provide a medical certificate indicating the non-contraindication to the practice of cycling in competition dated less than 1 year on the day of the race. The certificate must be perfectly legible, dated and signed by the doctor with his stamp. The document must be in French only (or original + 1 version translated into French).

A blank medical certificate template can be found online on the event website.
Without a valid license or medical certificate, the withdrawal of the number will be refused. No disclaimeŕ will be accepted.

Registrations are open until 30 minutes before the start of the event (D-Day, on site, digitally for environmental reasons). However, the organizer reserves the right to close registrations at any time. An announcement, at the latest 15 days before the event, will be made on the website and social networks of the event.

For obvious reasons of preparation and logistics, the organizer will not be held responsible if the participant registered at the last minute does not receive all the benefits (jersey, medal …).

The race numbers are to be collected from the event village (location).

You will have to bring the confirmation of your registration (QR CODE) as well as your ID́ or license. The timing chips will be tò fixed to the front of the bike. People who have not validated their registration (medical certificate / license / incomplete file) will have to present the supporting documents at the permanence.

A third person can come and get the number of another (with proof of identity)

Schedules:

  • Saturday morning: from 7:45 am to 8:45 am for the gravel event / from 9 am to 6:45 pm for the Sunday events.
  • On Sunday morning: from 7:15 a.m.

Yes, wearing a jersey during the event is mandatory and required to participate in the raffle*. Participants not wearing the jersey may be denied access to the starting gate. In case of bad weather conditions, wearing a jacket over the jersey is allowed.

The jersey will not be tryable or exchangeable after registration. So be sure to check the size guide before you register. Beware, jerseys are cut close to the body. We strongly recommend that you take an extra size.

The organization will offer a jersey TO THE FIRST 1000 REGISTRANTS. The allocation is made in chronological order of registration.
*The participants registered after the allocation of the total number of jerseys offered by the organization will not be excluded from the draw of the raffle. The cost of registration remains the same as for those who have received a jersey.

Race numbers will be allocated in the order of receipt of the registration forms. The organizer reserves the right to issue priority numbers (SAS in the first line). A justified request of a sporting nature can be addressed to: chablaislemansportorganisation@gmail.com

The request must be made at the latest 7 days before the date of the event.

Several refreshment points are organized on the course. They will be indicated on the maps and course profiles and reminded to the participants at the start of the event. Competitors may be supplied by their companions at other points on the course provided that the supply is made by a pedestrian, on the right side of the road, and that it does not affect the safety of the event and other participants. Refuelling a participant from a moving vehicle is forbidden and will result in the immediate disqualification of the participant.

Eco-responsible behavior

You will cross beautiful landscapes, and, as in any place, it is strictly forbidden to throw away your waste (cans, papers energy bars, plastics etc.).
At each feeding station, as well as at the start and finish line, you will have selective waste bins for your waste. The organization reserves the right to exclude on the spot participants who throw their waste on the side of the road and do not respect these instructions. Those excluded from the race will also be removed from the draw.

Fair Play Behavior

Competitors not respecting the sportsmanship and “fair play” of the event, caught in a situation of fraud (lock not respected, early departure, route not respected, use or assistance of vehicles, etc), or having an irresponsible or even dangerous behavior or practice (holding disrespectful or insulting words, incivilitý, use of doping products, throwing objects, documents or waste, dangerous driving, violation of the highway code, etc) will be punished according to the case: time penalty, downgrading, exclusion from the event or even a ban from participating in other events organized by Chablais Léman Sport Organisation.

Competitors are solely responsible for the conformitý to the standards in force, of the equipment they use as well as their maintenance.

Traditional Bicycle

Unicycles, time trial bikes, fixed gear bikes, folding bikes, bikes with stick wheels and/or lenticular wheels, extenders are prohibited.

Electric bikes are only allowed on the tour and/or short course (without classification but with the maintenance of all the other services). The use of an e-bike must be mentioned at the time of registration (choice of bike).

Recumbent bikes are allowed on all courses. The use of recumbent bikes must be mentioned at the time of registration (choice of bike). For obvious reasons of safety and visibility, they will have to be positioned at the extreme back or front of the peloton at the starting line. The bike must be equipped in such a way as to be visible within a cyclist’s field of vision.

Tandems are allowed on all courses. Their use must be mentioned at the time of registration (choice of bike). Tandem” participants can register at the normal participation rate. They will then only benefit from the runner’s pack (jersey, meal, goodies…) of a participant. To benefit from two runner packs, they will have to add a “tandem” option to their basket. This option will be charged.

Cyclist’s Equipment

Each participant must present themselves at the start with the cycling and sports equipment listed below.

Wearing the equipment listed below is recommended throughout the event including the dummy start:

  • Mandatory wearing of a hard shell helmet (CE standards), approved with the chinstrap fastened during the entire event. Participants lose insurance coverage if they do not wear a helmet. If the helmet is not worn at the start, the competitor will not be allowed to take part in the race (withdrawal of the number). In the absence of the helmet during the event, the competitor may be excluded.
  • A bicycle pump, a spare inner tube or a puncture-proof spray, if the bike is not equipped with tubeless. Recommended.
  • A pair of gloves. Recommended.
  • Filled water bottles for rider hydration. Mandatory
  • A cell phone turned on, fully charged, equipped with GPS and with emergency numbers stored. Recommended.

In case of failure to wear the recommended equipment, the organization can not be held responsible for any incidents and their consequences. Competitors are responsible for the proper functioning and monitoring of their equipment.

A partner stand will be at your disposal on Saturday in the race village for last minute repairs. Nevertheless, each participant is required to have a bike in working order and to have his own repair material.

Personal follow cars are not allowed.

The food court is located in the race village. A meal ticket is offered to each registrant. Additional meals can be booked for accompanying persons (Saturday or Sunday lunchtime, at a cost of 10€) at the time of registration or on site. The space is open from 11:15 am to 3:30 pm.
A secure bike park, with lockers, is available for participants near the restaurant.

A special draw will be held for all participants wearing the event’s jersey. The draw will take place at the end of the prize-giving ceremony, around 3 pm.

The winners will have to collect their prizes in person upon presentation of their license, identity card or race number. No prize will be sent, exchanged, or given to a third person.

All participants (cyclo + gravel) are included in the draw (under respect of the specific rules).

For your safety: 5 car marshals, 20 motorcyclists and more than 150 pedestrian marshals will be deployed.

A request for priority of passage is filed with the prefecture, nevertheless, the roads will be open to traffic, the runners must scrupulously respect the highway code, drive on the right, adapt their speed. The organization reserves the right to exclude any participant who does not respect the highway code.

Showers*, sanitary facilities and a dining room will be available to everyone in the race village.
*Due to the COVID-19 and the regulations in force at the time of the FFC, the services may not be maintained.

Each participant will receive, at the time of the withdrawal of his number, his individual ticket for the meal. Additional tickets can be purchased at the refreshment stand located in the race village or when registering online.

  • Civil liability: the organizers have taken out a contract which covers their civil liability as well as that of the participants involved. It only takes effect on the official itinerary and for the duration of the event, for regularly registered participants, checked at the start, on the course and until the finish.
  • Individual accident: The FFC licensees benefit from the individual accident insurance subscribed and attached to their license.

    For non-FFC licensees, the organization can take out individual accident insurance if the participant wishes. To do so, the participant must validate this option at the time of registration. The individual accident insurance is not mandatory but strongly recommended.

  • Damage and material liability: neither the organizer nor its insurer covers any damage to the material and equipment of the participants, particularly in the event of a fall or theft, it is up to everyone to guarantee themselves.

Time barriers will be in place:

GRAVEL EVENT

  • Arrival of all competitors before 3:30 p.m.

CYCLE EVENT

  • Passage to XXXX before 1:30 pm (for all courses)
  • Arrival of all competitors before 15:30 at the Port of Thonon-les-Bains

Outside the time barriers, the broom wagon will note the number of the runners and will overtake them. The participants will then be in real traffic conditions (absence of flagmen).

The organization recommends that cyclists who are no longer able to move forward (broken equipment, flat tire, fall not requiring immediate repatriation, physical failure …) to wait for the broom wagon (mini bus with trailer for bikes) or to go to a refreshment point to be repatriated at the end of the event by a member of the organization The organizer will not be able to repatriate a participant individually (except in case of immediate necessity).

In case of extreme emergency, an emergency number is available to each participant on his individual number.

The raffle draw (3pm – 3:30pm) will not exclude participants who are still on their way.

All registrations are firm and final. It is forbidden to give or resell your bib.

With the exception of a medical impossibility justified by a certificate dated at the latest on the day of the event, a justified force majeure, or an exceptional condition * no refund will be made from the organizer .

What is an exceptional condition?
If circumstances so require, the organizer reserves the right to modify the General Conditions of Sale at any time (route, departure times, race regulations and any other organizational point linked to the smooth running of the event. test…).
In the event of force majeure beyond its control, too unfavorable climatic conditions, pandemics or any other circumstance endangering the safety of competitors, the organization reserves the right:

  • To modify / postpone the departure time by a few hours at most
  • To shorten or neutralize the ordeal
  • To stop the ordeal
  • To cancel the event

In the event of a change, the organizer will endeavor to notify all registered participants by e-mail, to the address they provided on the registration form. Any major changes made apply immediately after being notified, by any means, including by posting the revised version hereof on the event site.

If the event is canceled due to force majeure or by prefectural decision for a reason that does not concern the organizer, the organization is released from any recourse by the entrants *. The organizer reserves the right to communicate to the participant the conditions for postponing registration. The announcement will be made by e-mail to the address provided by the participant, on the event’s website, or on the day of the event, by microphone, posting on the reception and registration points.

* In case of cancellation for COVID-19, the organizer will propose postponement and refund conditions.

Raffle

All participants will be entered into a giant raffle with some incredible prizes including a car. Check back here to see the list of prizes grow as the start date approaches.

KIA Piacanto
Provided by KIA Jacquet Automobiles Thonon

Instructions & Documents

Picking up your bib number

Saturday 14 may from 7;45 am to 6.45 pm on the event village, Quai de Ripaille – Thonon-les-Bains.

Sunday 5 September from 7:15 am to 8:15 am (Long), and 8:45 am (Short) on the event village, Quai de Ripaille – Thonon-les-Bains.

Arrival and start

Participants will be called to the start line 15 minutes before the start for a reminder of the instructions.

Road regulations (PDF)

Sunday May 15th – both routes

Apparel size guide

Medical certificate template to download (PDF)

A completed and signed medical certificate must be presented by all non-FFC, UFOLEP, FSGT, and FFTRI licensee participants.

Parental authorisation template (PDF)

Road (Short) route and Gravel route: participation is open, with parental discharge, to minors born in 2006 (turning 16 during the year) or before.

Covid-19

The organisation will, to date, take all the necessary sanitary measures to welcome everyone. In the event of cancellation, the registration fees will be refunded after deduction of the booking fees.

How to reach Thonon-les-Bains?

Thonon-les-Bains is a French spa town and sub-prefecture of the department of Haute-Savoie in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. It is part of the Greater Geneva urban area and sits in the Chablais region.

By car

From Paris (575 km): A6 and A40 motorways
From Lyon (184 km): A42 and A40 motorways
From Annecy (78 km): A41 motorway
From Geneva (34 km): D1005 departmental road
From Montreux (60 km): D1005 departmental road

By plane

Geneva Airport (40 km)
Flight information: +14 (0)900 57 15 00

By train

Leman Express – Gare SNCF de Thonon-Les-Bains
Lines from Bellegarde, Saint-Gervais, Geneva, Evian, Annecy.
Information and bookings: 3635 or 0892 35 35 35 35

By boat from Lausanne

Compagnie Générale De Navigation

Motorhome parking areas

  • Excenevex: Route de Chevilly, place de l’église. 24 hours max from May 1st to Sept 30th.
  • Anthy-sur-Léman:
    • Rue du lac. 5 spots. 48h max from May 1st to Sept 30th (motorway service station).
    • Rue de la plage. 3 spots. 48h max from May 1st to Sept 30th.
  • Yvoire: Municipal parking Pré Pronce, Route d’Excenevex. Paid parking.

More information: Ville de Thonon or Destination Leman

access map

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