Title:Course de côte Miribel-Lanchâtre
Tracklength:1500 metres
Elevation change:115 metres
Altitude finishline:880 metres
GPS coordinates:44° 58′ 22.7994″ – 5° 37′ 12″
Fastest Time:0:59,005
Average Speed:91,52 km/h

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Course de Côte de Miribel-Lanchâtre – List of Winners
29/04/2001Bernard OlivierMartini MK49/561:01,68Results
28/04/2002Gérald AntiochiaMartini MK622:03,86Results
27/04/2003Stéphane DamnonMarch 82 DDS1:01,61Results
25/04/2004Stéphane DamnonMarch 82 DDS1:02,83Results
24/04/2005Gérald AntiochiaMartini MK621:03,08Results
29/04/2007Nicolas SchatzDallara 3891:00,560Results
27/04/2008Pierre VonicDuqueine F20:59,491Results
26/04/2009Marcel SapinMartini MK801:05,559Results
25/04/2010Marcel SapinDallara F3010:59,768Results
08/05/2011Marcel SapinDallara F3010:59,005Results
29/04/2012Laurent GuittonneauDallara F3991:00,155Results
28/04/2013Laurent GuittonneauDallara F3991:07,153Results
04/05/2014Marcel SapinMygale F30:59,851Results

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Miribel-Lanchâtre is a small hamlet in the Rhône-Alpes region. It is situated some 30 kilometres south of Grenoble. The town is located on the eastern slopes of the Massif du Vercors, in English also known as the Vercors Plateau. The term plateau is used here because the mountain range has a large elevation difference with the surrounding valleys. Indeed Miribel-Lanchâtre is at an altitude of some 650 metres still not even halfway up the mountainside. In the heart of the Plateau the mountains are cut by very deep gorges. This is a result of the karst surface that is prone ot erosion. For the same reason the Vercors Plateau has one of the largest cave systems in Europe. For a while the Gouffre Berger Cave near Engins was considered the deepest cave in the world at -1150 metres. For those that are not so well trained in spelunking there are also caves more suited for tourists, like the Grottes de Choranche. The Plateau de Vercors is protected in a large nature reservation.
The steep slopes make the Vercors Plateau one of the most isolated parts of France. It was only until the 20th century any roads were build in the area. It makes driving a beautiful but very dangerous experience.
That the Vercors Plateau was uninhabited and difficult to traverse also made it the ideal place for resistance fighters. In the Second World War the region was the centre of French Resistance against the German occupiers. The partisans, also called the Maquis du Vercors, directly confronted the German troops in July 1944 but were put down in a bloody battle. The region is scattered with memorials dedicated to the resistance.

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