Wednesday 22 January 2020 Mont‑Cenis Lake ‑ Val Cenis Stage 10B
© Ingrid Pauwels

La Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc ‑ Mont‑Cenis lake ‑ Val Cenis

Since its first edition 16 years ago, in January 2005, the Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc has been the annual event for sled dogs in Europe. It is the most demanding stage race in the world in a unique alpine setting, and now a benchmark for mid-distance.

It is also one of the great winter highlights in the heart of Haute Maurienne Vanoise, which, as holidaymakers and residents alike, moves crowds!

13,000 m of positive altitude difference


400 km

The competition takes place over 12 days, from 11 to 22 January 2020, covering 400 km (almost one marathon per day) and 25,000  m of cumulative altitude difference, including 13,000 m of positive altitude difference, representing 3 times the climb of Mont Blanc from Chamonix.

Every year, it brings together more than 55 international mushers and their 500 top-level dog athletes in the superb landscapes of Savoie Mont Blanc.
Every year, more than 50,000 spectators enjoy a unique experience, in the heart of the 20 resorts, towns and villages dressed in festive clothes for the occasion, by attending La Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc.

La Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc is a real adventure with a great A, which promotes a certain vision of sport, nature and respect for the environment.

Stage 10B

Mont-Cenis lake – Val-Cenis – 34 km

Last stage of La Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc and last stage of the Trophée Caisse d’Epargne Rhône-Alpes presented by EDF

Departure / Arrival point : Polar base – Col du Mont-Cenis – Access by the chairlift of the Ramasse
9 – 10.10 am : Departure
10.20 – 11.20 am: Loop at the Col du Mont Cenis
11.20am – 1.20pm: Arrival at the Polar Base – Val Cenis

Place of final and grouped arrival: Snow front Val Cenis Lanslebourg
13h – 17h : Animations Far North – Downtown
13h – 13h30 : Animations on the arrival area
1:50 pm – 2:00 pm: Final arrival
14h – 14h30 : Prize giving at Val Cenis Lanslebourg – Snow Front

Places of passage of the race :
13h30 – 13h50 : Descent of the mushers from the Polar Base to Val Cenis Lanslebourg via the green piste of the Escargot.