Start town: Vernier
Vernier – a vibrant town with a strong sporting tradition
Often overshadowed by its famous neighbour – Geneva – Vernier is in fact the fifth largest town in French-speaking Switzerland. The town is home to over 37,000 residents hailing from almost 150 different nations and extends over 768 hectares along the winding banks of the Rhône river.
Vernier boasts a number of both natural and architectural jewels. With its turquoise blue waters and wild reed beds, the banks of the Rhône offer rare opportunities for relaxation in the heart of Geneva’s vast urban sprawl. Meanwhile, the resolutely modern lines of the housing complexes Le Lignon and Les Avanchets have been commended by numerous architects and are listed on the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites (ISOS).
Hosting the Tour de Romandie Féminin is an honour for Vernier and also confirmation of the town's strong sporting heritage. The town boasts an enormous array of sports clubs, ranging from football and basketball to tchoukball, tennis and synchronized swimming, and is home to some of the biggest and most exciting clubs in French-speaking Switzerland. Vernier is also the proud home of cycling club Sprinter Club Lignon, so it's a real privilege to be selected as the start town for the final stage of the TDRF. In addition to welcoming the biggest names in women's cycling, the town has planned a series of public events to be held before, during and after the race stage itself, including bike rides, get-into-cycling events and a programme of activities in schools. On the day of the race itself, additional stands will also be erected around the town to create a real buzz and make the event a wonderful celebration of cycling.
Welcome to Vernier – where cycling fans can immerse themselves in the action!
Arrival town: Nyon
Arrival town: Nyon
Join us on Sunday 17 September for a fantastic celebration of sport!
The town of Nyon has made 2023 its year of women's sport. The final finish in the 2nd Tour de Romandie Féminin marks the climax of a series of initiatives introduced by the town to promote the value of women's sport and improve access for all.
On the race day itself, the town is organising lots of free public events, which will be held by the lakeside from 10 am until midnight.
The programme includes sporting activities run together with local sports clubs and cultural events organised in partnership with Nyon's three museums and other cultural associations, as well as concerts and DJ sets. As Alexandre Démétriadès, the town councillor responsible for sport and culture, explains: "As the host town for the final stage, we want to create a wonderful public celebration of cycling, sport and culture – for the people of Nyon and the wider region." Full programme available at nyon.ch/TDRF
Nyon in a nutshell – fourth biggest town in the canton of Vaud with 23,000 residents, ideally situated between Geneva and Lausanne on the banks of Lake Geneva
Nyon, the sporting town – home to 70 sports clubs (with 8100 members, including 4700 aged under 20), UEFA's headquarters (since 1999), several major sporting events (including the Triathlon de Nyon) and numerous elite sports teams and athletes in many different sports (basketball, football, rugby, tchoukball, sailing, judo, swimming, triathlon and parasports)
Nyon, the town of culture – home to 49 cultural associations and foundations, and three museums: Musée du Léman, Musée romain and Château de Nyon
Nyon, the festival town – home to six festivals: Les Hivernales, Visions du Réel, Caribana, Rive Jazzy, Paléo Festival, and the far° festival for performing arts. Every two years: International Archaeological Film Festival.