“La Reine” Route Details (France)

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Released with Zwift’s France map for the first-ever Virtual Tour de France, La Reine (translated “The Queen”) is the Queen Stage of the vTDF, taking riders up Mount Ventoux to the Chalet Reynard banner. It’s also the only route that isn’t listed in the France map’s route picker, indicating that La Reine will continue to be event-only even after the France map is added to the guest map rotation.

This route is an alternative way to ride Mount Ventoux, but be warned: it bypasses the Mount Ventoux KOM start line, so if you choose to ride all the way to the top, you won’t be listed on the leaderboard or Strava segments for the climbs! (If you want to ride the KOM start to finish, select the Ven-Top route.)

Released with Zwift’s France map for the first-ever Virtual Tour de France, La Reine (translated “The Queen”) is the Queen Stage of the vTDF, taking riders up Mount Ventoux to the Chalet Reynard banner. It’s also the only route that isn’t listed in the France map’s route picker, indicating that La Reine will continue to be event-only even after the France map is added to the guest map rotation.

This route is an alternative way to ride Mount Ventoux, but be warned: it bypasses the Mount Ventoux KOM start line, so if you choose to ride all the way to the top, you won’t be listed on the leaderboard or Strava segments for the climbs! (If you want to ride the KOM start to finish, select the Ven-Top route.)

Route Basics

Length: 22.8 km (14.2 miles)
Elevation:
1181 m (3,875‘)
Lead-In: 0 km ( miles)
Map: France

Start & Finish

Begins from start pens, ends at Chalet-Reynard KOM banner partway up Ventoux.

Restriction: Event Only

Banners and Leaderboards

(in order of appearance)
Ballon Sprint
Petit KOM

Strava Strava Segments

La Reine

Bike Selection

Looking to get your fastest time up this climb? The Specialized Tarmac Pro frame with Lightweight Meilenstein wheels is your best bet! Check out Fastest Bike Frame and Wheelset for Climbing Alpe du Zwift for more tips.

Route Description

We begin by traveling west from the start pens, then taking the first right to ride along the twisty river road toward the hot air balloon fields and Ballon sprint. Enjoy your 8km of flat warmup, because you’ll soon turn right and begin the Petit KOM climb – and your climbing won’t end until you reach the KOM banner at Chalet Reynard over 14km (and 1100 meters) later!

The climb up to Chalet Reynard is beautiful, with the landscape morphing from lowland rolling hills to granite-strewn pine forests. You’ll pass the Didi (aka “El Diablo”) balloon 1km from the finish line. Got anything left? Push it to the end!

Keep Going?

For those unfamiliar with Mount Ventoux’s layout, Chalet Reynard is located 6km before the finish line at the very top of Mount Ventoux. If you choose, you can continue riding after finishing the La Reine route, climbing for another 6km to the summit.

A bit of TDF History

In 2016, Tour organizers cut the Mont Ventoux stage short due to high winds, deciding to end it at Chalet Reynard. Race leader Chris Froome crashed into a stopped moto and famously elected to run his way across the final ~1km since he couldn’t ride his broken bike! (He was eventually given a neutral service bike.)

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Christopher Sproul
Christopher Sproul
1 year ago

If you ride to the top from La Reine, do you get the Ven Top route badge?

James Langford
James Langford (@jamesdlangford)
1 year ago

Is U-Turn enabled once a rider completes the 22.8 km and 1181 m? I need some sort of reward motivation for this. With AdZ, there are bonus exp points or those fancy wheels. Then I put the fans on high and get the virtual decent. (Who am I kidding, they are on high the whole time!)

Antti Salonen
Antti Salonen
1 year ago

I love it how they made the most useful route in France event-only. Who wants to do a lead-in before long climbs right?

Larry Coleman
Larry Coleman
1 year ago
Reply to  Antti Salonen

If you don’t want a lead-in, Ven-Top is more your thing and isn’t event-only. You basically start climbing from the first pedal stroke on Ven-Top instead of doing a flat section to get to the Petit KOM like you do in La Reine.

pascal durniak
pascal durniak
11 months ago

CAN i finish thé ben Top agiter thé race ?

pascal durniak
pascal durniak
11 months ago

Sorry
CAN i finish the ven top after the race

Frederic Cote
Frederic Cote
9 months ago

Will you get extra XP if you complete La Reine?

Hass Kicker
Hass Kicker
9 months ago

How long does it take to complete this route at 3.5 w/kg on the climb?

Lou Otway
Lou Otway
9 months ago
Reply to  Hass Kicker

I’d estimate around 70mins, AdZ is about an hour at 3.5 and this is a little more.

If you look on ZwiftPower and sort the finishers from today’s ride by w/kg you’ll get a good idea, but I don’t think the first group has finished yet.

Bear in mind that ZP isn’t good when there’s multiple routes for a ride, be sure to look at riders doing the A cat event.

Hass Kicker
Hass Kicker
9 months ago
Reply to  Lou Otway

Excellent. Thank you.

Jim
Jim
9 months ago

How long would you estimate this route taking as a steady training ride at 2w/kg?//kg

Naruto
Naruto
9 months ago
Reply to  Jim

80 mins

Diederik
Diederik
9 months ago

What happens when you do 2 laps of La Reine, will you get teleported to the start or something?

Jason
Jason
8 months ago

Just completed this route as part of Ryzon Days of Dedication. I’d love to see how I stack up against other riders, however, Strava removed all but ZwiftInsiderVerified segments a couple of days ago (a move I fully support as there were so many silly segments). I wonder though, could you (I mean you Eric) create a couple of segments for the run in an the climb?.
I’m crossing my fingers 🙂

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