Description - The classic passes of the Alpes Vaudoises
Croix, Pillon, Mosses: this loop takes you on a trilogy of passes in the Alpes Vaudoises from the World Cycling Centre in Aigle.
The Union Cycliste Internationale has its headquarters in Aigle at the foot of the Alpes Vaudoises. From here you start this loop which takes you first on a cycle path along the Rhône. This makes for a perfect warm-up before the biggest climb of the day: the Col de la Croix, which starts in the vineyards of the Chablais and culminates in an alpine landscape above the resort of Villars. With 22 kilometers and 1300 meters of ascent, the climb is statistically worthy of the greatest passes in the Alps!
The next challenge of the day, the Col du Pillon from Les Diablerets, is shorter and brings you to the departure of the cable car to Glacier 3000, the highest point of the canton. A short incursion into the canton of Bern takes you through Gstaad before returning to Vaud via the Pays d'Enhaut. This is the easiest part of the loop, so enjoy it!
Because the third and last pass is coming up soon: les Mosses. Ridden by the Tour de France in July 2022, it takes you first to L'Etivaz, where the famous cheese of the same name is made.
At the top, where cross-country skiing is practiced in winter, you are almost at the end of your journey: there is only a long descent to reach Aigle and the World Cycling Centre, where you can refuel among athletes from all over the world who come to train in this unique infrastructure.