Sea to summit

Mandelieu - Crans-Montana

July 16-21, 2024

The Gravel Odyssey

GRAAALPS, is a semi-supported gravel ultra-distance adventure across the Alps, July 16-21, 2024.

Embark on GRAAALPS, a groundbreaking semi-autonomous gravel adventure. Trace the path from MANDELIEU-LA-NAPOULE’s Mediterranean beauty to the summit of CRANS MONTANA in Switzerland—an unparalleled adventure crossing three countries: France, Italy and Switzerland

750 KM
20.000 M+


Ready to turn your cycling dreams into reality? Secure your spot on the waiting list now and unlock a special price and pre-registration benefits. Be part of an unforgettable journey! Registrations open on January 31st.

The fantastic journey

In the narrative of our event, two cities come together in a noble alliance, forming a bond destined for greatness. Together, they craft the epic tale of GRAAALPS—an extraordinary adventure inviting bold enthusiasts to traverse the majestic Alps through challenging gravel terrain.

Set in the Swiss Alps, Crans Montana combines challenging off-road terrain with breathtaking Alpine scenery. The town’s allure lies in its harmonious blend of mountain trails, upscale ambiance, and iconic landmarks, making it a captivating destination for those seeking an unforgettable gravel cycling adventure.



Commence your journey along the Mediterranean shores of Mandelieu-La-Napoule. Nestled on the French Riviera, Mandelieu beckons gravel cyclists with its coastal allure, offering a blend of sandy paths, a sophisticated marina, and the historic Château de la Napoule. Surrounded by the scenic Estérel Massif, the town becomes a haven for gravel enthusiasts exploring panoramic coastal trails, fusing seaside charm with thrilling natural landscapes.

About the event

750 KM – 20.000M+
July 16-21, 2024

From Mandelieu to Crans-Montana
A full weekend gravel festival in Crans Montana


Join us on this exhilarating 4-day adventure as we explore the stunning landscapes of the French, Italian, and Swiss Alps. GRAAALPS invites you to embark on a unique gravel bikepacking experience, the first and only under the semi-autonomy concept. From the picturesque Mediterranean shores of MANDELIEU-LA-NAPOULE to the majestic summit of CRANS MONTANA in Switzerland, this journey is a true odyssey, traversing the renowned Alps and crossing three distinct countries.

You can experience this adventure solo, as a pair, or in a group of four. To ensure safety and deliver a high-quality event, for this first edition, the number of spots is limited to 100 solo participants, 20 team ‘duos’, and 10 team of 4. Registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis following the FIFO principle.

GRAAALPS stands as a truly distinctive Gravel adventure, marking the first-ever Gravel ultra-distance event to traverse the Alps across three countries under the innovative semi-autonomy concept. Our unique approach seamlessly combines crucial safety services with the liberty for riders to relish autonomy. Striking the perfect balance, GRAAALPS ensures a secure experience while preserving the exhilaration of self-guided exploration. Immerse yourself in the best of both worlds with GRAAALPS


The semi-autonomy concept at GRAAALPS is crafted to enhance your adventure by providing essential services while preserving your autonomy on the route. From transporting your bike box to the finish line to managing drop bags at our strategically located base camp along the course, we take care of the essentials. Moreover, our vigilant team monitors each rider’s progress through GPS, prepared to deploy safety protocols in emergencies, ensuring your focus remains solely on pedaling. Whether you choose to stop at our base camp for refreshments and facilities or continue without interruption, the decision is yours. GRAAALPS is fundamentally committed to assisting every participant in completing their challenge in the safest manner possible.

GRAAALPS kicks off with its longest course spanning 750km, culminating in a thrilling Gravel weekend festival in Crans-Montana. Explore a range of distances and engaging animations designed to cater to diverse preferences. Check out the details below for a sneak peek into the exciting options available.

In true GRAAALPS fashion, we’re introducing a special 2-step registration process for our inaugural edition:

Starting December 18, 2023, embark on securing your spot by joining the waiting list. Simply fill out a brief form on the Landing page, and you’ll be in the loop with emails about the upcoming registration opening.

Gear up for the Pre-Opening on January 31, 2024! For a 24-hour window, those on the waiting list get exclusive priority access with a preferential rate.


The grand opening for the general public kicks off on February 1, 2024, and runs until June 15, 2024, specifically for the long-distance category.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this epic adventure! GRAAALPS awaits your presence.

  • Cantonal, national, and federal authorizations
  • Operational Management Post 24/24 – for riders monitoring
  • Health and Rescue Protocol and services
  • Pasta Party (pre race free meal)
  • Safety Briefing
  • Bike and Equipment check
  • Volunteer Team
  • GPS tracking device & Live Tracking Platform
  • GPX Fixed Route
  • Basecamp x2 (sanitary facilities / shower / meals / rest) 1 on the course and 1 in Crans Montana
  • Transfer of a 20L bag to the mid race basecamp
  • Transfer of bag + bikebox to the finish line
  • GRAAALPS Starter Pack
  • Finisher’s Beer
  • Closing Ceremony
  • Finisher Raclette Party
  • Professional photographers and videographers on the course
  • Official GRAAALPS T-shirt
  • Baggage storage at the finish line
  • Guarded bike park at the finish line
  • Finisher Prize
  • Promo code for the GRAVEL FESTIVAL

GRAAALPS presents an exhilarating lineup of events for the ultimate gravel experience.

WARM UP RIDE, July 16th, 2024 – 10 AM, Mandelieu-la-Napoule
An immersive escapade into the heart of nature, open to everyone and fellow gravel enthusiasts, just to warm up before the start!

BIB PICK-UP AND EQUIPMENT CHECK, Tuesday, July 16th, 2024
Eric Estival Stadium, Mandelieu
From 10 AM to 5 PM

BRIEFING AND PASTA PARTY: Tuesday, July 16, 2024
Eric Estival Stadium, Mandelieu
From 6 PM to 8 PM

START: Tuesday, July 16, 2024
The GRAAALPS 750K adventure kicks off in Mandelieu on the night of Tuesday

10 PM: Parade in the urban area led by the city club and escorted by municipal police.
10:30 PM: Rolling Start – each rider starts individually

Location: To be determined
Opening date and time: To be determined
Closing date and time: To be determined
Open 24/24
Note: If you arrive after closing time, regrettably, you’ll be disqualified and won’t have access to your bag due to logistics reasons. You can choose to continue or find an alternative way back to Crans-Montana to retrieve your belongings.

FINISH LINE: From Thursday, July 18th, 2024
The grand finale awaits at Place YCOOR in CRANS MONTANA, from 4PM

Saturday, September 20th, 2024

750km / 20.000M+ (approximately)
Positive Elevation Gain: +20.000M+
Maximum Altitude: 2514 meters
Minimum Altitude: sea level
Terrain: Gravel, split to come
Cut-off Time: 96 hours / 4 days
Basecamp x 1: Location tbd
Start: Mandelieu-la-Napoule, FR
Finish: Crans-Montana, CH
Fixed GPS Route
Tracking via geolocator

In true GRAAALPS spirit, we’ve got your logistics covered with our exclusive Bike Box/Bag Transfer service!


 As part of your registration, we’re offering a seamless transfer service for your bike box/bag, ensuring it travels with you from the vibrant start in Mandelieu la Napoule to the triumphant finish line in Crans-Montana. Simply hand over your box/bag during registration on July 16th, 2024. And here’s a tip: Your bike box might be doubling as extra storage, so give it a quick empty before the handover.


 Included in your registration fee is our ‘Drop Bag’ (20L) service. Drop it off on July 16th, 2024, just before the adventure begins. We’ll transport it to the base camp, where you can easily locate it for a quick change. Leave it with us again, and we’ll ensure it reaches the finish line. Remember, your belongings await you at the finish line; nothing will be left behind in Mandelieu. GRAAALPS takes care of the details so you can focus on the ride!

GRAAALPS proudly presents the grand culmination of pioneering spirit – the inaugural GRAVEL WEEKEND FESTIVAL!

SAVE THE DATES: July 19 to 21, 2024
LOCATION: Place Ycoor, Crans-Montana

Join us for an extraordinary three-day celebration, immersing yourself in the heart of Valais amidst the GRAVEL FESTIVAL WEEKEND. Revel in the joy of gravel, laughter, and festivities as we honor the trailblazers who conquered GRAAALPS.

Embark on a vertical challenge as you ascend straight from Crans-Montana (e-bike allowed) to a breathtaking peak overlooking the region. Pause at the summit to savor a delightful slice of cake or a comforting cup of coffee. Take in the panoramic views, recharge, and perhaps even challenge yourself again to beat your own time.

DISTANCES TO CHOOSE FROM: 35K / 60K / 90K (bike and e-bike)
Embark on your preferred adventure with our three iconic distances – 35K, 60K, or 90K, exploring the breathtaking landscapes of Crans-Montana and Valais. Junior categories will be open

Experience the latest in gravel bikes with our exclusive testing areas. Meanwhile, let your little ones indulge in specially crafted activities designed just for them.

Expect magical moments with surprises, spectacular demonstrations, and chance encounters with fellow gravel enthusiasts. The GRAVEL FESTIVAL is more than an event; it’s a tapestry of unforgettable experiences waiting to be woven. Join us as we create lasting memories together!


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