A look back at the 7th edition of the Rallye Megève – St-Tropez 2021 (3 stages – 4 days – 900km)Rendez-vous was given, on Monday, June 7, for the crews registered for the 7th Rallye Megève-Saint-Tropez and the traditional day of administrative checks scheduled at the Sports Palace in the city of Megève, which still made us feel honor to welcome us. Once the cars were adorned with the colors of the rally and its partners, we had to go to the Megève altiport for a cocktail officially launching the assault on the 3 stages, 900km, and the fifteen passes to be crossed in this 2021 edition.
Framed by a still heavy health context, the first stage and the itinerary concocted by Cyril Neveu Promotion had to undergo some last minute changes, but would keep the essentials, with as an appetizer, the Col des Aravis then the Colombière making it possible to reach the Col de Joux Plane where a country pic-nic was organized. A first playful event was established there, in a rather overcast and humid climate, before covering the rest of the course, taking the participants to the shores of Lake Annecy and its ever-stunning azure and turquoise colors.
The second stage proposed the ascent of a few passes before attacking the famous Cormet de Roselend, under a bright sun, and thus reaching Val d’Isère and a unique lunch in the resort. The Col de l’Iseran, initially programmed but still closed to traffic, also required a new modification of the route, for a passage, just as monumental, at the top of the Col de la Madeleine allowing to reach the valleys of the Tarentaise and La Maurienne and another classification test. Then followed the Col du Télégraphe and the “giant” Col du Galibier and its snowdrifts, to take us to Serre Chevalier, at the end of this grandiose day with a very steep drop.
The final and traditional last stage to Saint-Tropez was shaping up to be decisive with the crossing of the Col d’Izoard then the ascent of the Col de Vars and the last opportunity to score in the general classification. We then had to enter the Mercantour National Park, which once again did us the honor of its welcome, with this passage always noticed at the top of the very steep Col de la Cayolle. The competitors then took advantage of a Pic-Nic before crossing the last passes of the Var hinterland, along the Verdon and Lac de Castillon, which marked our entry into the Massif des Maures under temperatures close to 30 degrees.
As the Rally was about to finish, with the triumphant arrival at the Port of Saint-Tropez and then stopping at the no less famous Place des Lices, the hallmark of the Rallye Megève-Saint-Tropez, all participants and the The CNP team could celebrate the winners having won this 7th edition, in a demonstration of flawless regularity and appreciated by all the crews claiming the final victory!
THE GREAT ALPS, FROM MEGEVE TO ST-TROPEZAt the beginning of June, as soon as the great passes of the Alps open, we suggest you connect two of the most “glamorous” cities in France, Megève and Saint-Tropez, which there is no need to present. The route will always offer the Route des Grandes Alpes as a common thread, with stages planned in Annecy and Serre Chevalier.
COFFEE BREAKS, QUIZZ, AND FUN EVENTSThe route is divided by passage controls that take on the appearance of a coffee break or we will put you to the test of various fun challenges throughout the rally. This could take on the aspect of questionnaires for general knowledge and on the course, but also sometimes of “gymkhanas” where it will be necessary to wear clothing slalom between cones, to establish a general classification with a view to winning the rally.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PASSES AND LAKES IN THE ALPSAfter having traversed the Alps in length, in width and across since its creation, the Rallye will offer you this time a concentrate of the best stages since its creation. The most beautiful passes and the most beautiful lakes including Lake Geneva and Lake Annecy will be on the program for this new edition.
Rally schedule● MONDAY 7 JUNE 2021 – MEGEVE
WELCOME ● PROLOGUE – MEGEVE ● STAGE 1 – TUESDAY 8 JUNE 2021
MEGEVE – Evian – ANNECY ● STAGE 2 – WEDNESDAY 9 JUNE 2021
ANNECY – Courchevel – SERRE CHEVALIER ● STAGE 3 – THURSDAY 10 JUNE 2021
SERRE CHEVALIER – PicNic – SAINT-TROPEZ