Ultra Raid de la Meije

The 12th edition : on the 16th and 17th of September 2023

La Grave


16th to 17th September 2023


Association Ultra Raid de la Meije


L'ULTRA RAID DE LA MEIJE, Europe's most beautiful mountain bike race

Since 2011, the Ultra Raid de la Meije Mountain Bike Race has become a must for all mountain bike and adventure lovers. It is well-known for its high altitude landscapes and its automnal colours as it takes place every year in mid-September around La Grave La Meije. The main race is the demanding "Élite Ultra" with its 117km and 5300m of elevation gain but there are various options for all types of riders.

Organised by the Ultra Raid de la Meije Association.


The different races

There are several race options, all allowing you to explore the singletracks around La Grave La Meije and Villar d'Arène

3 timed races: Elite Ultra (117 km and 5300 m uphill, Elite Ultra + and Raid Ultra (Stage 1: 73 km and 3250 m uphill / Stage 2: 52 km and 2400 m uphill)

7 touring routes, without timing: easier options (31 or 36 km) as well as more challenging ones (46, 48, 50, 58 or 73 km). Open to E-mountainbikers.



Win the title of "Elite Ultra" finisher, the flagship route of the event. But before committing, please make sure you are in good enough shape as this option is truly difficult and demanding. If you have doubts that you will be able to make, sign up for the Elite Ultra + that gives you the opportunity to shorten your route on Saturday and still race on Sunday. You will then be ranked with the Raid Ultra.


"Galibier Pass / Les Cerces Massif" + "Emparis / Besse"

Starting from : Villar d'Arène

Starting time : 5.56 am

Distance : 117km

Elevation gain : 5300m

More information here


Go for Elite Ultra challenge, whilst leaving yourself the opportunity to shorten your route. Your first goal should be to finish the long-distance race, but it will also be possible to take a turn at Ventelon (72km) to allow you to carry on the next day for another 52km in order to be ranked in the 2 days Raid Ultra category.                                                                                                                                                                       


"Galibier Pass / Les Cerces massif" + "Emparis / Besse"

Starting point: Villar d'Arène

Starting time: 6 am

Distance: 117km

Elevation gain: 5300m

More information here

The RAID ULTRA in 2 days

Set yourself a challenge by doing the Raid Ultra, two intense days in two different areas with a total of 125 km! The first three to cross the finish line will be on the podium.





"Galibier Pass / Les Cerces Massif"

"Emparis / Besse"

Starting point: Villar d'Arène

Starting time: 6.04 am

Distance: 73km

Elevation gain : 3250m

Starting point: La Grave

Starting time: 6.04 am

Distance: 52km

Elevation gain: 2400m



Des randonnées à vélo pour découvir le Pays de la Meije tout en douceur ou presque !

De 31 à 73 km, avec profil classique ou plutôt descendant, les randonnées sont aussi modulables que vos envies.

3 possibilités s'offrent à vous :

  • rouler tout le week-end et composez votre programme en sélectionnant une rando le samedi et une autre le dimanche.
  • rouler uniquement le samedi et vous pouvez choisir librement la distance jusqu'à la dernière minute.
  • rouler uniquement le dimanche et vous pouvez choisir librement la distance jusqu'à la dernière minute.
  • Les VAE homologués sont autorisés sur toutes les randonnées. Les parcours sont identiques aux VTT sauf le dernier kilomètre du Galibier.


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Pricelist 2023

  Prices from 01/03 to 31/03 Prices from 01/04 to 30/04   Prices from 01/05 to 30/06 Prices from 1/07 to 31/07  
Elite Ultra   59€ 69€   75€ 89€  
Elite Ultra + 79€ 85€   95€ 109€  
Raid Ultra 2 days 75€ 80€   90€ 105€  
Raid Ultra 73 km  53€ 57€   64€ 69€  
Elite Ultra 52 km  38€ 41€   46€ 49€  
Choose your tour 2 days  73€ 78€   88€ 100€  
Choose your tour (Sat.)  50€ 52€   56€ 64€  
Choose your tour (Sun.)     35€   37€   39.50€ 44€  


* Optional shuttle bus to the Galibier Pass (18 € in the morning with your mountain bike, 10 € in the evening without your mountain bike). Limited number of seats available.