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YJ's Routes/Stages - La GrandĂ­ssima
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Vuelta a Colombia

My route is here: https://www.la-fl...view/11544

Having it's Grand Depart in Venezuela with 3 stages, including a first slight summit finish in San Cristobal.
It features a 27Km TTT and a 43Km ITT, 3rd and 12th stage respectively.
There are 8 flat stages, 5 are for pure sprinters, 3 have some dificulties that may hamper them.
There are 5 medium mountain finishes, only the opening stage finishes uphill.
There are 6 high mountain stages, with 2 summit finishes.

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My Tour is here: https://www.la-fl...view/11809

This tour is something I made more for fun and not having anything to do unlike the other two I published today, the concept is very simple, I made a stage in each of the Canary islands (including Teide, famous for the training camps). My intention wasn't to make it so hard but it's literally a mountain paradise so there was no avoiding them Smile

You can do the stages of Volta a Portugal 2019 in La Flamme Rouge? Pls
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It's a big pro race I'm sure someone from the site will do it beforehand. If no-one does I can make in the week previous to it
Columbia and the Canarias look very nice work Smile
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The Merckxian Grand Tour

I used this route in the LFR contest Shock

My route is here: https://www.la-fl...view/12186

* For some reason the profiles in the first half of my race are completely flat and the gradients in the climbs are wrong. I don't know what's happening and why it only affects the first half, hoping that it's eventually fixed...

Distance: 3952.28 Km
Flat Stages: 9
Hill Stages: 7 (4 summit finishes)
Mountain Stages: 6 (3 summit finishes)
ITT: 3
TTT: 1
Finishes where Eddy Meckx won: 18

Start of the race as a prologue in De Panne to set the first gaps.
First road stage of the race, one to set the first lead change possibly and the sprinters get their opportunity.
Here there is a Flandrien challenge, taking the bergs to set the first real gaps.
Continue moving through Belgium with another sprint stage.
A hilly finale to the Belgian racing around Liège.
The race's TTT, a bit of importance in this stage as team strenght will propel the riders in the rugged terrain of Limburg.
A final stage in the Benelux, despite having a start in Germany it finishes in the old Luxembourg city with a very steep finish.
First stage in France with a flat finish in Strasbourg.
First mountain challenge of the race deep in the Vosges.
Transition from France to Swisse with a finish for the sprinters to enjoy.
First of a half-stage, a hilly stage summiting in the outskirts of Zurich.
The second moves south towards Aigle for another sprint finish in a tricky stage.
A mountain marathon, almost 330 kilometers that will drain every rider, the absolute old-school stage where only the strongest will prevail.
In a former Merckx' WC win in Mendrisio comes a tricky stage in the Lombardia region.

Rest Day

After a rest day transfer there is another transition stage, pan-flat but with a steep finish in San Luca.
An opportunity for the sprinters after a hard race, not the flattest of stages but they should have their way.
Another one, rugged terrain familiar to all, it's a finish classic to Milano-Sanremo where the sprinters and puncheurs will fight for the win.
The final flat time-trial of the race, a long one that will settle the gaps ahead of the real mountains to come.
The entrance in the Alps where the first summit finish of a high mountain comes.
In the high Alps is found a stage that could set total chaos in the peloton.
The old Chemin de Écoliers in Valloire takes the finish of this exciting stage where the race comes back to France.
The final time-trial of the race, starting and finishing in Briançon, in the Col du Glandon.
The final stage in the Alps, another true marathon that will force the climbers to fly through start to finish.
An easier transition, good for the sprinters remaining.
The final mountain stage going through Provence's mountains. Mont Ventoux on the menu towards Manosque.
And the final stage, having it's grand finale in Marseile.
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I used this route in the LFR contest, a focus on Eddy Merckx's successes but in reality it's much more than that, I'm so proud of this route I'd consider it more of my success Smile

My route is here: https://www.la-fl...view/11875

The Grand Depart takes part in Brussels, the opening stage goes through it's historic center, and coming out of Bruxels it goes through the small towns of Meise, where Merckx built the factory in which Eddy Merckx Bycicles began, those that are currently used by the AG2R team, and also by Zellik, where later he moved the company, that to this day hosts the headquarters of the iconic bike brand.

Starting in Brussels, the race heads south via Normandie and Loire and will ride along the massif central for two hilly stages before a team time-trial. After that the race will come down to the Pyrinees for two stages in the high mountains, will have a transition through the mediteraneen with two flat stages before a hard day in the Nice region, and after another flat stage comes the Alps, two stages purely in the main Alpine center and the queen stage in the Jura mountains. A time-trial will follow in Besançon before the final mountain stage in the Vosges. It's a climbers Tour, despite some long ITT kilometers there are big mountain stages where the climbers can really play into their advantage.

Stage 1, the Grand Depart in Brussels, land of Eddy Merckx. The start of the stage takes place in the Brussels' historic center, and goes through Meise, the town where he created Eddy Merckx Cycles, and also Zellik where later the company was moved, and to this day has it's headquarters, the bike brand currently is one of the big names in cycling manufacturing and supplies bikes for example for the AG2R team.

The stage won't go far from Brussels, there will be passings through the Flandrien cities of Zottegem and Ninove that are well renoun in Flemish racing, and will then have a loop around the urban Brussels area.
Stage 2 is an individual time-trial, it's a 27Km long challenge,completely flat and with a few technical areas but one that perfectly suits the powerhouses, and will be the first stage where gaps will be seen, also with a switch of leader.
The third and longest stage of the race sees it come to France, the start is in Arras, a city close to Lille, and the route takes the riders through the Hauts de France and finishes in Normandie, with the first hilltop finish in Le Havre, with the CĂ´te d'Ingouvilles (900m, 6.5%) summiting with 900 meters to go (the profile is innacurate, it is far steeper than indicated).
With the start in the Mèmorial de Caen, a WWII memorial, the race keeps heading south, through to Loire, more specifically Sarthe, as the race heads towards Le Mans and after going through the urban area the riders will enter the infamous racing circuit where it will finish.
Stage 5 comes as another challenge for the sprinters, with the flatlands of Centre-Val de Loire and Limousin on the menu. The final part of the stage is quite rolling but it shouldn't disturb the sprinters who will have their saying in Limoges.
Stage 6 takes the riders for a 2-day run in the Massif Central. After some gaps show in the time-trial in Brussels, in Saint-Flour the GC riders will be looking to keep their overall ambitions safe, in a tricky stage with 3000m of climbing and very sketchy roads, well suited for a breakaway.
Stage 7 keeps the run through the Massif Central, after what's been a hilly day the stage from Mende and Rodez, with some long gruelling climbs in the twisty roads, there will be a downhill run-up to Rodez where a slight uphill will bring to a close the first run in the French climbs.
Stage 8 is the race's sole team time-trial, in such an advanced point of the race, it's possible that some teams will be down some riders and have bigger differences. This stage brings another Eddy Merckx reference, it's where in 1971, he was in contention to win his 3rd Tour but had a rough start to the second week. It was here in Albi where he won a time-trial, and in the next day he got the Yellow Jersey back from Luis Ocaña who abandoned, and kept it all the way to Paris.
Stage 9 gives the sprinters another chance before the race enters the mountains, the transition between Pau and Toulouse unites the race with the Pyrenees where the real race will begin.
Stage 10 is he first big mountain stage of the Tour and it's a very complicated one. Despite a relatively short distance, there's almost 4300 meters of climbing on this day, with the Tourmalet, Aspin and Peyresourde leading up to the first summit finish of the race too, in the 16.7Km climb to Superbagnères, where the first serious gaps will be made, and there's no room to enter this part of the race with low form, specially with the day that follows in the Pyrinees.
Stage 11 is a marathon through the Pyrenees. With only two days in the most classical French mountain range, this stage has a shark-tooth profile, and goes through some climbs that aren't a regular in the Tour, but the ascents of the Agnés and the Pailheres bring some familiarity to the route, but with no easy place to recover from what will be an all-day roller in the mountains. With 5400 meters of ascent there's a lot of damage that can be done, with it's 8 categorized climbs.
Stage 12 is one for the sprinters, a mediterraneen ride, starting right by the border of Spain in Cerbère and going through some of the main cities in the sea-by region, such as Narbonne and Béziers, before a flat and fast finish is expected in Montpellier
Stage 13 takes the riders to Provence and the majority of it's main cities, it's a mostly flat stage but is more rolling than the others, with some long drags alongside the wide country roads. The finish comes from a slight descent after the Montée du Camp, and the finish line will be in Toulon, right by the sea after another long day in the saddle.
Stage 14 is the first incursion in the Alps but through the Atlantic ones, in the cycling-famed region of Nice. After the start in Menton the riders head to Nice and go through some of the climbs that are very well reputated due to it's presence in the Paris-Nice, and in the end it totals to a lot of climbing with a summit finish in the Madone d'Utelle, that is sure to make further differences in the GC. There's a flat day coming after, before the race goes seriously into the Alps.
Stage 15 is the final flat stage before Paris, having the alpine cities host such a stage isn't usual, but the sprinters will indeed have their chance to get another win, not a hard stage despite a general uphill drag all day long, and for the GC riders it's a relative rest day before the final set of mountains.
Stage 16 is a loop around Barcelonette, of what can only be called the hardest of mountain stages. Almost 6000 meters of climbing this Tour is definetely suited for the climbers, and it's mammooth climbing stages like this that should be more integrated in the actual Tour. The climbs are long, and steep, and in the fearsome Col de la Bonette the riders will go up to 2700 meters of height, before descending down to Barcelonette again and climbing to the finish in the Pra-Loup ski station. It's the first day in the real Alps and it's a brutal one to start with.

Pra-Loup was a turning point in Eddy Merckx's career, after being punched by a "fan" in the previous stage to Puy-de-DĂ´me, Merckx set out for stage 15 of the 1975 Tour in the yellow jersey, and suffering from the consequences of the injury that left him with an inflamed liver, it was in the climb to Pra-Loup that he cracked, was overtaken by his rivals and lost the Yellow jersey. Pra-Loup was the last climb Merckx ever did in the Maillot Jaune, hence why it's nicknamed the place of "Le Tombeur du Cannibale"
Stage 17 brings the race to one of the biggest cycling centers of the Alps in the Maurienne valley, but before the Galibier will be climbed via the Lautaret. And in what will be a very short stage, the Croix de Fer will be climbed with it's start in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, one of the least convential sides.
Stage 18 is the queen stage, flowing around the Jura mountains, a full mammooth stage in the mountains including some of the region's most iconic climbs. Part of the Alps but in the Jura, the Mont du Chat, Mont de Semnoz and Grand Colombier will be climbed, but there are even more climbs in the way to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, in a day that will be both the longest with 246Km and the stage with most climbing, with 6200 meters of climbing.
Stage 19 is the final time-trial of the race, it's a rolling 37.6Km challenge, not easy at all but not one for the GC men. It features a bit of climbing in it's early part and then returns to Besançon.
Stage 20 is the final point where the Tour can be decided. The race came north into the Vosges where the weather can become dreadful, and goes through some of the most iconic climbs of the region in another shark-tooth profile day. The Grand Ballon, the Petit Ballon, the Platzerwasel and the Ballon d'Alsace are some of the climbs that really show some of the best of the final mountain range in the race.

The final climb of the race, the Ballon d'Alsace, the place where in 1969 Eddy Merckx won his first ever Tour stage and began there a legacy, he set up for the win in his debut Grand Boucle that set up for 4 consecutive Tour wins.
And stage 21 brings us to the end of the Tour, the classic circuit in Champs-Élysées but with a short stages for some excitement that may usually lack. Nothing special, a passing through Versailles and the intermediate sprint before the circuit we all know well.

Stage 8 brings another Eddy Merckx reference, it's where in 1971, he was in contention to win his 3rd Tour but had a rough start to the second week. It was here in Albi where he won a time-trial, and in the next day he got the Yellow Jersey back from Luis Ocaña who abandoned, and kept it all the way to Paris. Stage 16 finishes in Pra-Loup, it was a turning point in Eddy Merckx's career, after being punched by a "fan" in the previous stage to Puy-de-Dôme, Merckx set out for stage 15 of the 1975 Tour in the yellow jersey, and suffering from the consequences of the injury that left him with an inflamed liver, it was in the climb to Pra-Loup that he cracked, was overtaken by his rivals and lost the Yellow jersey. Pra-Loup was the last climb Merckx ever did in the Maillot Jaune, hence why it's nicknamed the place of "Le Tombeur du Cannibale". And the final climb of the race, the summit finish in Ballon d'Alsace is the place where in 1969 Eddy Merckx won his first ever Tour stage and began there a legacy, he set up for the win in his debut Grand Boucle that set up for 4 consecutive Tour wins.

This race features:
8 sprint stages (spread around the race and country)
3 hilly stages (all with slight uphill finishes)
7 mountain stages with 5 summit finishes
2 ITT's total of 64.6Km and a TTT of 33.2Km
2 lumpy stages in Massif Central, 2 in Pyrinees, 1 in CĂ´te d'Azur, 2 in the RhĂ´ne-Alpes, 1 in the Jura and 1 in the Vosges. At least a stage in every mountain range and main cycling region.
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In "celebration" of the Volta a Portugal 2019 and the fact that the final time-trial is one my home roads (YEAH BOI Banana ) I will be making a route where the stage starts and finishes are in the same locations but the routes are different.
PS: Won't be making anything for PCM like I did with my previous variant, obviously as there's no editor yet but also cause motivation isn't in that for now.
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Volta a Portugal 2019 Variant

My route is here: https://www.la-fl...view/12513

So this route has been made for over a month, but I blocked after I couldn't make a better time-trial which made me realize the time-trial should stay the same as it was very well designed. But the rest of the route, as promissed, has the same start and finishing cities/places as all stages, just with a different route in play. This is my country and I know the roads very well but it was yet another step into some regions I didn't know that well.

Anyway it is a La GrandĂ­ssima route, love it and would be a better one than the one actually made (and gpx is exportable in LFR as every other route so ya'll can do stages with them, I'm not planning on doing so).

The opening stage is just a short prologue in the streets of Viseu, just short gaps to emerge and a fair first leader of the race.
Stage 2 I turned it into an actual flat stage as it should've been, through the shore center roads of the country it should give the sprinters their first opportunity.
Stage 3 is a hilly one, there's some traps along the way and finishes in a little hilltop finish in an urban center in Loures.
Stage 4 is another one for the sprinters, it's a little uphill in general but there's no actual climb along the way and should be another finish for the fast men.
Stage 5, the one they designed this year was good but I took the idea and explored further the route via the Aldeias do Xisto region, one of the most beautiful ones in the country and include some big climbs along the villages before turning to the final climb to the Torre but via a never used side in the race, in the new road via Unhais da Serra which is a quite hard valley run-up to the summit of the highest point in Continental Portugal.
And in stage 6 I took the obvious opportunity to make another mountain stage in the race, climbing the Torre via it's most traditional and longest vertent starting in Seia before descending the glacier valley and climbing towards Guarda, the highest city in the country, a stage made for long distance attacks and agressive racing.
The stage into Bragança is also another very hard one, there are some very hard climbs on the way but it needs some attacking to make the difference, however there's lots of opportunities and it's perfect raiding terrain.
And the Serra do Larouco summit is the finish of stage 8, it is through Portugal's northern region, there aren't many main roads in there despite a beautiful region so the stage isn't very different, but I altered the final section before the climb.
Stage 9 is the final opportunity to the sprinters, as it's a hilly region it is impossible to make it pan-flat but it passes through some of the most important cities in the Minho region and finishes in Felgueiras before the queen stage.
Which is the Senhora da Graça of course, however I've explored the region deeper and made a stage with a lot of climbing before the final climb so it actually makes serious gaps, there's a lot of climbing previous and then the famous run-up to Portugal's most iconic climb to wrap up the climbing in the race.
And the final stage, as I said I haven't changed it. Couldn't say enough how I went to see the stage as it was on my home roads, but overall it was actually very well made there weren't other alternatives pretty much.

PS: I've had the ideas of making a Vuelta variant and a GT in either Great Britain or Scandinavia, so I hope to get some more work out in the next few weeks.
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