|Title:||Course de côte de Bournezeau|
|Tracklength:||1360 metres (2011: 1910 metres)|
|Elevation change:||35 metres|
|Altitude finishline:||80 metres|
|GPS coordinates:||46° 40′ 8.04″ – -1° 10′ 49.0794″|
|Average Speed:||143,28 km/h|
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|09/04/2006||Jean-Louis Bezinaud||Duqueine VGS|
|08/04/2007||Henri Neel||Norma M20||0:35,276||Results|
|13/04/2008||Daniel Moimeau||Reynard 923||0:44,060||Results|
|12/04/2009||René Leguyader||Dallara F399||0:35,590||Results|
|11/04/2010||René Leguyader||Dallara F399||0:35,460||Results|
|24-25/09/2011||Marcel Sapin||Dallara F301||0:53,640||Results|
|08/04/2012||Julien Bost||Dallara F397||0:34,940||Results|
|14/04/2013||Serge Thomas||Norma M20F||0:34,510||Results|
|13/04/2014||Serge Thomas||Norma M20F||0:34,660||Results|
|12/04/2014||Serge Thomas||Norma M20F||0:34,480||Results|
|10/04/2016||Serge Thomas||Norma M20 FC||0:34,170||Results|
|09/04/2017||Marcel Sapin||Dallara F305||0:34,810||Results|
|08/04/2018||Anthony Le Beller||Norma M20 FC||0:35,271||Results|
Bournezeau is one of only two hillclimbs (together with La Pommeraye) in the Pays de la Loire. It is not difficult to see why the hillclimb sport has not penetrated this region; there are no mountains! There are barely even hills of any substance. Yet there is a hillclimb and it is one of the better organized in France.
The small village of Bournezeau is located in the department of Vendée. This department is one of the premier tourist destinations in France. Most people stay at the Atlantic Coast, however Bournezeau is located more than 50 kilometres land inwards. The closest coastal resort is Les Sables-d’Olonne.
Some 20km to the east is the city of La Roche-sur-Yon. This city was a small stronghold of little importance until the start of the 19th century. In 1804 Napoleon designated the city the new prefecture of the Vendée region and a large cityplanning project started. La Roche-sur-Yon would be developed from a pentagon-shaped cityplan. As the city was build almost from scratch, many of the landmarks are build in the Classical style that was in fashion in the beginning of the 19th century. For those contemplating a visit to the city, a 19th century English travel guide voted it the dullest town in Europe…
Bournezeau is right next to the Nantes-La Rochelle highway, approximately halfway between the two cities. Some 65 kilometres north is Nantes. Considered the capital of Brittany, it is administratively part of the Pays de Loire. Nantes is a historic city with plenty of monuments and important museums. On the other side some 70 kilometres to the south of Bournezeau is La Rochelle, a historic fortified town. It has a long naval history and this can be traced in a variety of monuments and museums, including several museum boats.