Sign up for our newsletter


Big Mountain Challenge offers Covid-safe multi-day alpine challenge

The second Big Mountain Challenge offers four days riding in Annecy with pro riders in aid of a new Thames Hospice

Peter Stuart
29 Jul 2020

Set to return in 2021, after the 2020 edition fell victim to French quarantine measures, the Big Mountain Challenge will offer four days of fully-supported riding around Lake Annecy alongside pro riders, all in aid of Thames Hospice.

The event is one of the few good multi-day cycling events set to take place next year, and has careful health and safety measures in place throughout in order to meet government requirements.

The Big Mountain Challenge takes in four days of riding around Lake Annecy from 16th to 20th September 2021, with three tiers of difficulty – the Matterhorn, Kilimanjaro and Everest – ranging from 250 to 400km in total.

The route takes in some of the sharp mountains of the Rhone-Alps, such as the famous Col de Leschaux, and for the Everest tier event even clocks 8,848m of climbing across the three days.

The more forgiving Matterhorn route offers an impressive but manageable 4,478m over three days.

The event will enjoy professional level support from brands like Mavic and Chain Reaction, with several ride captains along with video and photography teams to capture the event and riders in action.

Alongside pro riders, there will also be special guests from the cycling industry, as well as actor James Phelps – who played one half of the Weasley twins in the Harry Potter series. (Not that one, the other one…)

For the first 50 riders, the trip will cost £395 including half board, 3* accommodation, all supported cycling and airport transfers, plus you’ll need to raise £995 in sponsorship for Thames Hospice.

A ride-only package, without accommodation, is available for £695 without sponsorship. The event is heavily subsidised by sponsors such as Chain Reaction Cycles and Mavic.

The event is 100% charitable, with all proceeds going toward the construction of a new Thames Hospice, a non-profit organisation providing end of life care to those in need. Much of the event costs are covered by supporting cycling brands.

Visit for details on the event and how to book a spot.

Read more about: