The Ultra Raid de La Meije is an MTB event quite unlike any other. In Oisans cycling country, pedalling takes on a whole new dimension, with breathtaking scenery, iconic mountain passes, varied paths, technical descents and high-altitude lakes offering mountain bikers an exceptional play area. As “ultra” is synonymous not only with pushing back your limits, but also a human and sporting adventure, the organisers of the Ultra Raid de La Meije take care to offer a challenge that respects the purist mountain biking spirit. Whatever level you choose, this race is difficult and demanding… but nevertheless, magnificent and quite simply unforgettable!
The Ultra Raid de La Meije enjoys a 100% natural setting, using only tracks and paths!
This is a very technical, high-altitude mountain raid, suitable only for highly-trained mountain bikers. There are no half measures in Oisans. The scenery is breathtaking and the mountain passes iconic, with varied paths, technical descents and high-altitude lakes offering mountain bikers an exceptional play area.
However, the ‘Randos’, untimed events, are accessible to less experienced bikers.
Registration opening: 4th of February.
Starting from the village of La Grave, the magnificent route goes over the Col du Lautaret and the Col du Galibier, before crossing the massif of Les Cerces and continuing on to Oisans via the Emparis plateau. Crossings three départements (Hautes-Alpes, Isère and Savoie), nearly continuously at altitudes of over 2000m, the route does not have a single tarmac section, instead featuring a series of climbs on tracks and paths and descents on technical singles.
For mountain and nature lovers, the Pays de la Meije is a setting of superlatives. At the foot of the Meije (3983m) with its huge glaciers, the most famous mountain passes in the Alps (Col du Lautaret and Col du Galibier) have provided the backdrop for the most beautiful images of the Tour de France and the setting for the fastest times.
Tests and 2017 programme coming soon.
Registration and sports information
Ultra raid de La Meije
Tourist information and accommodation
La Meije Tourist Office
Podium Elite Ultra
- Benoît VAXELAIRE (6h45m38s)
- Alexis CHENEVIER (6h46m44s)
- Florian WENGER (7h04m52s)
- Florian PINEL (7h10m42s)
- Christophe ABRY (7h13m25s)