The Tour de Romandie is a 6 day race through the French-speaking part of Switzerland, and it began in 1947. The race has a little bit of everything - flat stages, time trials, and a tough mountain finish that ends in some breathtaking Alpine scenery. The race is known for having some narrow passages and for traversing ancient roads - some of which dating back to the Romans!
Here are some pix of the race in years past:
|I loooooove this picture. I watched a Rick Steves Alpine show the other day and there were cows EVERYWHERE in Switzerland, so this seems super fitting!|
This is the map for this year's race.
I read one cyclists' description of the yesterday's route - which tackled classic Romandie countryside complete with narrow, twisty roads and lush hills, and climaxed with a climb up Col du Pillon, with the cyclists reaching 1545 meters before descending to a ski resort. Whew!