Rider Details, Hints and Tips for the Haute Route
Name    Tim
Age    48
Country     Australia
HR race     Triple
Number of HR's previously participated in     Dolomites 2014, followed by pneumonia in the Alps same year and an early trip home with my tail between my legs
Any training tips     Do more
Favourite place to ride     Adelaide Hills and Pyrenees
KM/Miles ridden so far in 2016     Just over 3000 plus some harrowing Wattbike and exercise physiology sessions after work and injury kept me off the bike for 5 weeks in April/May
Name    Grant
Age   45
Country    Australia
HR race    Alps
Number of HR's previously participated in     None!
Any training tips   be afraid?
Favourite place to ride     Adelaide hills
KM/Miles ridden so far in 2016     7364
Name    Darrell
Age   50-59 age group
Country   Canada
Haute Route race    Alps
Number of HR's previously participated in   Three Alps, Dolomites and Pyrenees
Any training trips   Ride lots and do a lot of climbing, endurance and tempo training
Favourite place to ride     Spain, Italy, France and Maui, in no particular order. I love the cycling culture in Spain, Italy and France.
KM/Miles ridden so far in 2016    ~6,000 km's so far this year (mid-June)
Name   Didier
Age    55
Country   France 
HR race   Alpes
Number of HR's previously participated in   0
Any training tips   Ride
Favourite place to ride    Alpes 
KM/Miles ridden so far in 2016    4000km
Name:   Dave 
Age:   55
Country:   UK
HR race:   Dolomites
Number of previous HR’s:   0
Any training tips:   None worth passing on!!
Favourite place to ride:   The English Lake District
Km/miles ridden in 2016:   No idea!
Name   Owen
Age   58
Country   Australia
HR race   Dolomites
Number of HR's previously participated in   Alps 2014 & Pyrenees 2015
Any training tips    Enjoy 
Favourite place to ride    Royal National Park here ... Haute Route over there 
KM/Miles ridden so far in 2016   Hopefully enough !!
Name   Danelle Age 44 & Ross Age 55
Country   USA
HR race   Dolomites
Number of HR's previously participated in   Our first one.  Yippee!!
Any training tips
From Danelle:  Shut up legs.  Keep breathing!  Sometimes don't look up and freak yourself out.  Keep calm and you can do it!! 
From Ross:  When you aren't a natural climber, ride mountains a lot and keep working hard
Favourite place to ride   Living in Southern California we have many places where we love to ride.  Some are the Santa Monica mountains.  To name a few:  Encinal Cyn, Mulholland Cyn, Latigo Cyn, Decker Cyn.  Other places we love are Big Bear Onyx Summit, Mt. Baldy and Santa Barbara - Gibraltar.  My husband and I took a trip during TDF 2015 and loved riding Alp d'Huez, Col Du Glandon, and Lake Annecy.
KM/Miles ridden so far in 2016   = 3,018 miles, 4857 km each of us

Name   Ian

Age   59

Country    Australia

HR race    2016 Triple Crown
Number of HR's previously participated in   Pyrenees in 2015
Any training tips   plenty of long days on the bike with good climbing and make sure you factor in rest days and recovery sessions
Favourite place to ride    Kangaroo Valley and Orange region
KM/Miles ridden so far in 2016   7700kms

Name   Ken

Age   61 

Country    Kiwi, who defected to the USA long ago (it’s my wife’s fault)

HR race   2016 Alps

Number of HR's previously participated in   0.5—Dolomites 2014, until a lamp post hit me

Any training tips    My main gig is duathlon (Team USA), so I do lots of running too.  I try to enjoy what I do, and I have a 20-something coach who tells me what to do—thank goodness, ‘cause I am basically lazy.  Train hard, but don’t obsess—be humble that we can do this stuff; enjoy your fellow athletes’ company, and each others’ stories.  

Favourite place to ride   Rockies/Boulder, Colorado

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2016   Of course never enough, because I run a lot too.  

Name   Phil

Age   Think fine wine cellars

Country   USA USA USA

HR race   Race? Someone told me it was a nice gentle tour of the Dolomites with plenty of pub stops

Number of HR's previously participated in    None, completed may still be none if pub stops are not available…      

Any training tips    Ride bike as much as possible, leathering it at frequent intervals.  Always greet fellow cyclists. In a friendly manner.....

Favourite place to ride    Santa Monica mountains and Yorkshire Dales/Lake District

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2016    I’ll get 10 miles or so in before the start.  Maybe stretch a bit.

Name    Di and Brian
Age    79 combined
Country    Australia
HR races    Pyrenees
Number of HR's previously participated in    Two combined
Any training tips    Just keep pedaling
Favorite place to ride    In the sunshine or at the back of the bunch
KM/Miles ridden so far in 2016   $##t, how many weeks left?
Name    Thys
Age   44 
Country   South Africa
HR race  2016 Triple Crown
Number of HR's previously participated in   One
Any training tips   Train for what the race requires, in the case of the Haute Route it is all about climbing as there is not that many flat roads and most of the descents are neutralized. 
Favourite place to ride   I loved riding in the Alps, doing the Haute Route Alps in 2015 was a life changing event, can't wait to ride in the Alps again.
KM/Miles ridden so far in 2016   10000 km
Name   Stephen 
Age  50
Country   Australia
HR race   Dolomites
Number of HR's previously participated in   One
Any training tips   All I  can suggest is train around hilly areas
Favourite place to ride   West Coast of Tasmania
KM/Miles ridden so far in 2016   5000Km so far

Name  Charlie 

Age 57

Country  USA

HR race Pyrenees and Dolomites

Number of HR's previously participated in  One

Any training tips   Ride and Ride some more

Favourite place to ride  Park City UT

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2016  3,300 miles

Name   Jonathan 
Age   58
Country   England
HR Race   Alps
Number of HR's previously participated in   Four - Alps 2012, Pyrenees 2013, Dolomites 2014, Dolomites 2015
Any training tips   Training?
Favourite place to ride   Remote parts of Japan
KM/Miles ridden so far in 2016   5000km
Name   Bryan 
Age   45
Country   South Africa
HR Race   2016 Triple Crown
Number of HR's previously participated in   Four - Triple 2015 & HR Alps 2014 
Any training tips   Enjoy every moment
Favourite place to ride   Alps
KM/Miles ridden so far in 2016   5000km

From here and below are rider details from the 2015 Haute Route tours 

Name    Stan

Age     58

Country     USA

HR race    Alps

Number of HR's previously participated in     none

Any training tips     No substitute for the miles and climbing

Favourite place to ride      Maui

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015    10,000km

Name    Luis

Age     Category 59

Country     Spain

HR race    Pyrenees

Number of HR's previously participated in     Alps 2014

Any training tips     Watch out for the red line

Favourite place to ride      The next one to discover

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015    12,000km

Name     Watchie

Age     Category 49

Country     Australia

HR race    Alps

Number of HR's previously participated in     nil

Any training tips     Hills, hills,hills

Favourite place to ride      West coast of Tassie

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015    5000

Name     Anthony P

Age Category     44 years

Country     New Zealand

HR race     Alps

Number of HR's previously participated in    0

Any training tips     When you think you have done enough do a little more

Any HR tips     Survive

Favourite place to ride     Switzerland/Mallorca

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015     4500

Anything else    I am the National Sprint Coach for Cycling New Zealand, a former World Medalist in the Keirin and Multiple World, Olympic and Commonwealth Games Representative.

Have not done near enough preparation and climb mountains like a cement truck, the HR Alps is going to be my biggest physical challenge to date.

Name             Grant R
Age Category     52
Country           Australia
HR race    Alps, Pyrenees and almost the Dolomites
Number of HR's previously participated in    Two
Any training tips    Plenty of Zone 2 for endurance.  Know your zones
Any HR tips     Enjoy the scenery!  Pace yourself carefully and enjoy.
Favourite place to ride     Around country NSW – Orange – hills and flats
KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015    About 6,000km – down a little due snapped leg.

Name     Kevin Y

Age Category     40-45

Country     Canada

HR race     Alps

Number of HR's previously participated in     0

Any training tips     No, this is my first time training for something like this.

Favourite place to ride     I’m partial to riding around my hometown, but hoping to expand my horizons with this trip!

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015     6200km

Name     Henry F

HR race     Alps 

Country    USA

Number of HR's previously participated in   my first Haute Route!

More Details     Our team WIlla's Wheels (www.willaswheels.org) fundraises for a foundation that distributes money to those with cancer who have come upon desperate times (www.rayofhopecolorado.org). We have raised about $400,000 since 2011.

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015    I am participating in mountain bike races in Colorado as part of my training for Haute Route (Leadville 100, Leadville 50, Firecracker 50, the Growler....)

Can't wait to pedal up those high alps passes with everyone

Name     Paul G

Age Category    44

Country    New Zealand 

HR race    Alps

Number of HR's previously participated in    Alps and Dolomites 

Any training tips     Do more than me!

Any HR tips     Don't go exploding out of the blocks on day 1!

Favourite place to ride    The climbs around Lake Annecy

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015    Do indoor miles count? 

Name    Thys vJ      
Age Category    40-49
Country    South Africa
HR race    Alps
Number of HR's previously participated in   0
Any training tips   TBC
Any HR tips    TBC
Favourite place to ride   Mpumalanga South Africa
KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015   11400km

Name    Ian R
Age Category    58
Country    Australia
HR race    Pyrenees,
Number of HR's previously participated in     Zero
Any training tips    ride up and down hills a lot
Any HR tips    TBC
Favourite place to ride    Kangaroo Valley NSW
KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015   8500km

Name     David S

Age Category     60

Country    Australia

HR Race     Triple Crown

Number of HR's previously participated in     One

Any training tips     Never enough k's

Any HR tips     Enjoy the experience

Favourite place to ride    France

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015     7,100

Name     David B

Age Category    60+

Country      Canadian living in the USA

HR race     Alps

Number of HR’s previously participated in      2013 Alps, 2014 Alps + Dolomites

Any training tips      The more you train the more fun it will be and know you can never train enough so relax and enjoy the event.

Any HR tips      Be ready for anything - frost, rain, heat and know that if you are having a rough patch it will pass.  Every rider is your team mate and will help you get to the finish

Favourite place to ride      Mt Lemmon Arizona

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015     6500km

Name    Ray S

Age Category    52

Country    Australia

HR race    Pyrenees 2015 

Number of HR's previously participated in 2. Alps in 2012.  Dolomites 2014. 

Any training tips    lose weight and train for steady distance, you have to train successive long days, 6 to 8 hours, so you know how your body responds and recovers. 

Any HR tips    don’t race. Know your own strengths and weaknesses. Remind yourself frequently it is a 7 day event and don’t burn yourself out too early. Take a moment to look around and enjoy the scenery. Have a food and drink plan and try to stick to it. Recovery is important, get into a routine of looking after yourself at the end of each day. My last HR tip is my best HR tip, that is to run a compact crank with an 11-32 cassette!

Favourite place to ride   the Pinnacle Loop and Mt Canobolas, in my neighbourhood of Orange NSW. 

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015   never enough.

Name     Damien W

Age Category     40-45

Country     Australia

HR race     Alps

Number of HR's previously participated in    none

Any training tips    TBC 

Any HR tips     pace yourself carefully

Favourite place to ride     Anywhere where there are mountains

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015    6200 km

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