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One of the few women-only Granfondo’s on the calendar, this event is part of the wonderful local 4-race Mercan’Tour series. Starting from La Gaude, it heads deep into the Esteron region with some spectacular scenery, before crossing the Var river and heading up the Gorges de Daluis; this is an amazing phenomenon, the iron ore in the rock has oxidised and gives the terrain a rusty hue, whilst the road climbs high above the river deep in the gorge below. The shorter route finishes at the head of the Gorges, in the town of Guillaumes, 100km and 1500m of climbing under our belts, although the climbing to this point has been mostly steady gradients. For those tackling the longer route, the final 15km is a tough 900m of height gain at a more typical 6-7% gradient, finishing in the charming ski village of Valberg, with amazing views over the mountains to the West.