|Title:||Course de Côte de Mont Verdun|
|Elevation change:||160 metres (5,98%)|
|Altitude finishline:||590 metres|
|GPS coordinates:||45° 50′ 16.4394″ – 4° 46′ 34.32″|
|Average Speed:||113,71 km/h|
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|14-15/09/2002||Lionel Regal||Reynard 96D||1:27,774||Results|
|20-21/09/2003||Gérard Petit||Reynard 94D||1:29,508||Results|
|18-19/09/2004||Bernard Chamberod||Reynard 92D||1:26,862||Results|
|17-18/09/2005||Lionel Regal||Reynard 95D||1:25,816||Results|
|16-17/09/2006||Lionel Regal||Reynard 95D||1:28,586||Results|
|15-16/09/2007||Lionel Regal||Reynard 1KL Nippon||1:23,422||Results|
|13-14/09/2008||Sébastien Petit||Reynard 95D||1:24,381||Results|
|12-13/09/2009||Sébastien Petit||Reynard 95D||1:23,699||Results|
|18-19/09/2010||Sébastien Petit||Reynard 95D||1:24,392||Results|
|10-11/09/2011||Nicolas Schatz||Lola T94/50||1:24,058||Results|
|15-16/09/2012||Nicolas Schatz||Reynard 99 Nippon||1:20,732||Results|
|21-22/09/2013||Nicolas Schatz||Norma M20 FC||1:21,296||Results|
|27-28/09/2014||Kevin Durot||Norma M20F||1:27,555||Results|
|26-27/09/2015||David Guillaumard||Dallara F308||1:27,738||Results|
|24-25/09/2016||Marcel Sapin||Dallara F305||1:27,524||Results|
|16-17/09/2017||Geoffrey Schatz||Norma M20 FC||1:23,037||Results|
The Mont Verdun is the highest point (626m) in the Monts d’Or. This tiny mountain range north of Lyon consists of Limestone rocks, mostly Granite and Gneiss. In the east the mountains are sharply cut by the Saône River, while in the west where the Hillclimb takes place the elevation is more gradual. The name Monts d’Or does not derive from the French word for ‘Gold’ but rather the Celtic word for ‘Water’. The mountains were long since known for their numerous springs. The Romans built an aquaduct from the mountains to supply Lyon. Although long since demolished, the traces of this construction can still be found in the landscape. After the war of 1870, the Monts d’Or were incorperated in a defensive line around Lyon. Some of the fortresses built at that time can still be visited.
The town in which the Hillclimb is based is Limonest. It is part of the Lyon Urban Community, the third largest city of France. Located on the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers Lyon has always been an important city. Originally capital of the Gaul, it retained a central place in the Roman Empire. Later in the Medieval period Lyon became rich in the silk and textile industry. The city is unique in that it kept most of the Medieval and Renaissance buildings. Such a large density of well preserved monuments is unique in France and Europe. It is therefore no surprise that most of the inner city is protected in a World Heritage Site.