From 17 to 20 January 2021La Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blancin Haute Maurienne Vanoise

Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc

17th year

Since the first event in January 2005, the Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc has been THE annual dog-sledding race in Europe. It is the most demanding stage race in the world, it takes place in an exceptional alpine setting, and it has become a benchmark in mid-distance racing.

It is also one of the region’s great winter highlights, attracting crowds of holidaymakers and residents alike into the heart of Haute Maurienne Vanoise.

With the COVID-19 context and the national measures announced, the event will take place behind closed doors.
We invite those interested by the race to go to the official website:

11,400 m of cumulative altitude difference

12 days of competition

300 km

The competition takes place over 12 days, from 9th to 20th January 2021. It covers 300 km at an average of 32 km per day, climbs a cumulative elevation gain of 11 400 metres, and features a mass start and 10 stages “against the clock”.

This year, it brings together more than 65 international mushers and 550 top-level canine athletes, all in the superb landscape of Savoie Mont Blanc.
Every year, more than 50,000 spectators in the 20 resorts, towns and villages of Savoie and Haute-Savoie, dressed in festive style for the occasion, enjoy the unique experience of attending the Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc race.

The Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc is adventure with a capital A, advocating a certain vision of sport, nature and respect for the environment.

From 17th to 20th January 2021

4 stages

in Haute Maurienne Vanoise

Sunday 17th January

Lgo2020 E8 Bessans Bonneval Sur Arc

Stage n°8


Bessans – Bonneval sur Arc
43 km

Final stage of the Eukanuba Trophy presented by Wamine

  • Starting line: Le Carreley – Bessans
    10am – 3pm: Far North Demonstrations
    11am – 11.30am: Activities in the departure area
    11.30am – 12 noon: Mass-Start departure in 3 waves
    1.05pm – 2.45pm: Race comes to Bessans (near the departure area)
  • Finish line: Old bridge – Bonneval sur Arc
    12 noon – 1.45pm: Race comes to Bonneval-sur-Arc (car access)
    1.30pm – 3.40pm: Arrival and prize ceremony
  • Places to be:
    12.45pm – 2.10pm: Race comes to the Villaron (access on foot/snowshoes)
    12.55pm – 2.30pm: Race comes to Bessans

Monday 18th January

Stage n°9


Aussois – Aussois
30 km

First stage of the Trophée 4

  • Start and finish line: Centre-resort (next to the Maison d’Aussois)
    1.30pm – 6.30pm: Far North Demonstrations
    2.30pm – 3pm: Activities in the departure area
    3pm– 4.10pm: Departure
    4.55pm – 6.30pm: Arrival and prize ceremony
  • Places to be:
    3.55pm – 4.35pm: Race comes to the Sardières Monolith (snowshoe access)
    4.05pm – 4.45pm: Race comes to the Sardières plateau – Nordic Centre (car access)
    4.30pm – 5.30pm: Race comes to La Croix d’Aussois (car access)

/!\ the Monolithe ski area will be closed to the public to ensure the race runs smoothly.

Tuesday 19th January

Lgo2020 Val Cenis Base Polaire Option A

Lgo2020 Val Cenis Base Polaire Option A

Stage no. 10a
Val Cenis – Polar base
43 km

Presented by EDF

Start line: Tourist Office – Val Cenis Lanslebourg
2pm – 7pm: Grand Nord Demonstrations
4.45pm – 5.15pm: Activities in the departure area
5.15pm – 6.25pm: Departure

Finish line: Polar base – Col du Mont-Cenis (inaccessible to the public)
8pm – 10.20pm: Arrival

Places to be:
5.50pm – 8.10pm: Race comes to Val Cenis Termignon centre-resort (car access)
6pm – 7.55pm: Race comes to Sollières (car access)
6.25pm – 7.20pm: Race comes to Val Cenis Bramans – Nordic sector and village centre (car access)
7.15pm – 8.45pm: Race comes to La Ramasse in Val Cenis Lanslebourg (100 m from the departure area)
7.20pm – 9pm: Race comes to Les Essarts (above Val Cenis Lanslevillard – access on foot)

Wednesday 20th January

Stage 10b

Mont-Cenis lake – Val Cenis – 34 km

Last stage of The Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc race and last stage of the Trophée 4 presented by EDF

Start/finish line: Polar base – Col du Mont-Cenis – Access via the Ramasse chairlift (open exceptionally at 8 am for pedestrians only)
9am – 10.10am: Departure
10.20am – 11.20am: Loop at the Col du Mont Cenis
11.20am – 1.20pm: Arrival at the Polar Base – Val Cenis

Joint finish line: Val Cenis Lanslebourg centre-resort
1pm – 5pm: Far North Demonstrations – Town centre
1pm – 1.30pm: Activities in the arrival area
1.50pm – 2.00pm: Final arrival
2pm – 2.30pm: Prize ceremony at Val Cenis Lanslebourg – Centre-resort

Places to be:
1.30pm – 1.50pm: Descent of the mushers from the Polar Base to Val Cenis Lanslebourg via the Escargot green slope.

Wednesday 20th January

Final podium and closing ceremony in Val Cenis Lanslebourg

Closing Ceremony and Final Prize Ceremony of the Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc race in Val Cenis Lanslebourg – Outside the Laurent Gerra Auditorium.

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