UCI World Championships 2020 with Santini - Martigny, Switzerland

  • Location


  • Duration

    9 nights / 10 days

  • Length

    50 – 120 km daily

  • Climb

    100 – 2,000m daily

19 Sep 2020 - 28 Sep 2020

UCI Road World Championships. Each year, elite cyclists from around the world, representing their nations, compete in a series of road races. A festival of everything road race cycling: Juniors, U23s, and Elite Men’s and Women’s competing in individual time trials, team time trials and team relays– all happening in the one place.

And in 2020, the event will be taking place in Aigle and Martigny, Switzerland – Grand Tours Project’s home!

We have designed a fantastic 10 day trip that will give you access to the UCI Martigny World Championship races and to UCI Aigle headquarters and the opportunity to ride in the UCI Velodrome. We have also selected the best day rides in the area – this was tough, and a great deal of debating took place in the Grand Tours Project office! Hopefully, by the end we will have convinced you how awesome riding is in Switzerland and you’ll return for more.

This is a trip that offers something for all level of riding skills. We have designed it so a newcomer to cycling can be challenged, but achieve their goals; to the other extreme, where the experienced Strava cyclist will have optional extensions to push their limits.

You will have the opportunity to observe professional cyclists representing their countries getting ready and winding down during some activities. Every rider will receive a Santini Grand Tours Project cycle kit and goodie bag and ride track bikes in the velodrome. And of course, we have booked the most interesting and comfortable hotels and restaurants.

The 10-day package offers 6 days of riding along the Rhone River Valley and in the Swiss mountains. We have also designed a 7-day package with 5 days of riding as well as a 3-day package on the final weekend for those who cannot escape other commitments. Get in touch if you are interested in the shorter versions.

Grand Tours Project have something for everyone!

Total price: €4,800

  • 7 days of riding around the Swiss Alps, in one of the most scenic regions of Switzerland - the Rhone Valley
  • A Santini UCI World Champion jersey
  • Arranged entry to UCI Aigle Velodrome for a track session on Pinarello track bikes
  • GTP view point close to the Santini x UCI Official Store on the road of the Women´s and Men's Elite Road Race
  • VIP Zone at the Elite Men's World Championship Road Race
  • Meeting with select Santini National teams
  • Day 1 - Saturday 19 September

    Bienvenue & welcome ride

    27km / 640m

    Welcome to Switzerland and our home in Villars.

    We will meet you at Geneva airport and transport you to our beautiful hotel in Villars-sur-Ollon.

    After preparing the bikes and a light lunch, we’ll set off for a ride to some of our favourite places – Taveyanne and Solalex.

    Once there, we ride back to Villars to discuss the program followed by a dinner at the hotel.

    Villars Mountain Lodge****
  • Day 2 - Sunday 20 September

    Track Experience & the World Championship ITT

    29km / 110m or 58km / 220m

    Something different today - a visit to the Aigle Velodrome at the UCI HQ. We will be able to visit today and during the week. There is a possibility of a track cycling session on Pinarello bikes in the velodrome! Also we will be meeting some Santini National Teams!

    Decision time – relax at UCI "Le Vélodrome" café - restaurant to watch the race live and on the screens OR ride to Martigny and watch the riders cross the finish.

    We can either ride back to Villars or take the shuttle to our hotel for dinner!

    Villars Mountain Lodge****
  • Day 3 - Monday 21 September


    50km / 900m or 70km / 1,700m

    We’ll depart and climb to Col de la Croix before heading down to the ski town Les Diablerets, with jaw dropping views. A small detour will take us through the iconic Swiss scenery of forests and open pastures with Swiss cows with bells, to Les Mosses. Then we’ll descend through the vineyards around the picturesque Chateau d’Aigle to UCI. With VIP access we'll be able to see first hand the dedication of the riders. You can ride back to Villars or take the shuttle.

    Dinner at Les Ecovets Restaurant.

    Villars Mountain Lodge****
  • Day 4 - Tuesday 22 September

    Villars - Montreux & Lake Leman

    48km / 160m or 65km / 950m

    Today we cycle through the vineyards of Ollon and past Chateau d’Aigle to Villeneuve on Lac Leman (Lake Geneva), and then along the shores to postcard perfect Chateau de Chillon. If the weather is warm, a swim in the lake is recommended as well as photos - mountains lake, chateau, your bike and…you, swimming!

    After a short break, we’ll ride back to Ollon. You can opt for the shuttle or ride up through the beautiful vineyards from Ollon and Bex to Villars.

    Dinner at a Villars restaurant.

    Villars Mountain Lodge****
  • Day 5 - Wednesday 23 September

    Sanetsch Loop

    90km / 2300m or 110km / 3,500m+

    Today is going to be epic – we ride to Col de Sanetsch, one of Switzerland’s most beautiful and iconic cols. A bucket list climb. We recommend an early start to give you time to stop and admire the views. Lunch will be at the quaint Auberge du Sanetsch overlooking the Lac de Senin. After lunch we descend by a self-service cable car to the Bernese village of Gsteig; and then a gentle ascent to Col du Pillon and down to Les Diablerets. One more optional climb up to Col de La Croix (back side) or take the shuttle to Villars.

    Villars Mountain Lodge****
  • Day 6 - Thursday 24 September


    75km / 650m or 85km / 1,350m

    Say goodbye Villars. We descend on the bikes to the Rhone Valley and ride to Martigny to test ride the final circuits of the UCI Road World Cup.

    After Martigny, we'll meander through vineyards towards ancient Sion, and a place that has been occupied from at least 6200BC. We can wander the old streets on our bikes or by foot…or even by driverless electric bus!

    Optional shuttle to our hotel in Veysonnaz or you can choose to ride up.

    A delicious dinner will be found in Veysonnaz.

    Hôtel Chalet Royal*** Veysonnaz
  • Day 7 - Friday 25 September


    60km / 1,300m

    After breakfast, we transfer to peaceful Champex Lac and then descend to Orsières and further descent to Sembrancher. Here we start climbing to Mauvoisin Dam.

    Interesting fact for you: Mauvoisin Dam is the 8th highest dam in the world!

    We will meet at the base of the dam for a well-deserved picnic and then either enjoy a long descent or take the shuttle to Martigny to watch the finish of the U23 Men road race.

    Hôtel Chalet Royal*** Veysonnaz
  • Day 8 - Saturday 26 September


    50km / 1,050m or 60km / 1,100m

    Today we have a quick transfer to Sembrancher and return to Orsières. A quick refuel and then back on our bikes to climb the quiet road to Ars Dessous and stop for a delicious lunch at Alpage des Ars, surrounded by mountain pastures and the sounds of cow bells. We'll descend to Sembrancher or to Martigny to watch the Men Junior and
    Women Elite Road Race. We'll transfer you back to the hotel to relax or a hike to a scenic lookout to watch the sunset.

    Hôtel Chalet Royal*** Veysonnaz
  • Day 9 - Sunday 27 September


    A sleep-in, a leisurely breakfast, or a quick bike ride… your choice!

    At a designated time, we’ll transfer to Martigny to watch the UCI Elite Mens World Championship Road Race from a Santini / GTP tent positioned on a great spot of the route and surrounded by cheering crowds. VIP passes are available for purchase.

    After the podium presentations we will return to our hotel for our final dinner.

    Hôtel Chalet Royal*** Veysonnaz

    Au Revoir

    It's departure day and after breakfast, we will bid farewell to new friends before transferring you to Geneva Airport.

    We hope that the combined experiences of close hand action of the UCI Martigny World Championships, of riding the Swiss river valleys and mountain passes, as well as visiting our home territory, will bring you back to Switzerland for more rides and tours. There are so many rides here and even 8-9 days of riding is not enough!

    Until next time, safe journey home.