Rider Details, Hints and Tips for the Haute Route

Name     Rob M

Age Category     Masters 40-45

Country    Canada 

HR race    Alps

Number of HR's previously participated in    0

Any training tips    would be much appreciated 

Any HR tips    ditto

Favourite place to ride     Europe of course! And Maui 

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015     5000km

Name     Rob D
Age Category     61
Country     Australia
HR race     Alps
Number of HR's previously participated in     0
Any training tips     I'd like some tips if you have any :) More seriously – just lots of kilometres and lots of hills plus, get a coach.
Any HR tips   Don’t know as I haven’t done it yet.
Favourite place to ride     Bright, Victoria
KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015    No idea, but lots. Probably more than I’ve ever done before.

Name     Warwick L
Age Category     58
Country     Australia
HR race    Dolomites
Number of HR's previously participated in     nil
Any training tips     1. Hills 2. Lose 10KG. 3. Train the mind: Its meant to be hard!
Any HR tips     Enjoy it
Favourite place to ride     Tasmania West Coast
KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015     4,600km

Name      Detlef J

Age Category     Whatever the category is that accommodates a 53 year old

Country    Australia

HR race    Dolomites, 

Number of HR's previously participated in    1 (HR Pyrenees 2013)

Any training tips     get as many kilometres and elevation gain in before the event

Any HR tips     take advantage of end of stage food, ditto the TWT hospitality, watch out for potholes, ride at your own pace, above all enjoy the stunning vistas

Favourite place to ride      Pyrenees - the Cirque de Troumouse in particular......hopefully after this trip I'll say the Dolomites

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015     6628km

Name     Jeff S

Age Category      50-59

Country    USA

HR race    Dolomites

Number of HR's previously participated in     Pyrenees 2014

Any training tips     Ride a few training blocks of 5 days in a row, where each ride is a minimum of 80km (50 miles). By the last few rides if you feel like your just starting to warm up by the 80km mark - You're ready.

Any HR tips     My philosophy is to not use anything during the race that I haven't used in training. I bring my own nutrition and hydration powders. There may be several things at the rest stops you're not familiar with while riding. For example, dried fruit. That's a lot fiber with hours left to go on the bike. Lastly, bring your own bib shorts. If you buy the Haute Route bibs. Wait to wear them when the race is over.

Favourite place to ride     Maui, Big Island, Lake Tahoe and Alps (French, Swiss and Dolomites)

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015     4250m/6840km

Name     Adrian R

Age Category    50

Country     Australia

HR race     Triple Crown

Number of HR's previously participated in    zero

Any training tips     train consistently, recover well, cut down on the beers

Any HR tips      get to the start line in one piece

Favourite place to ride     Adelaide hills, but hoping this trip will broaden the horizons...

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015     6600 kms

Name    Bryan C

Age Category     44

Country    South Africa

HR race    Triple Crown

Number of HR's previously participated     Alpes 2014

Any training tips    Ride

Any HR tips     Just try to finish within the cut off daily

Favourite place to ride     Alpes

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015    8500

Name   Susan M

Age Category    50 - 54
Country     Australia
HR race      Alps
Number of HR's previously participated in   None
Any training tips   Start earlier!   
Any HR tips    TBC    
Favourite place to ride    France (Rhone Alps region) and Tuscany
KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015    no idea,  only know it's not enough:)

Name    Howard G

Age Category     58 master 6 Italian category supergentleman ( sounds so much better)

Country Australia

HR race     Triple Crown

Number of HR's previously participated in    1 Alps 2013

Any training tips    keep riding your bike get skinny

Any HR tips     see above plus compact and a 29

Favourite place to ride     Italian Alps and Dolomites

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015    too many and not enough

Name     Jean B
Age Category    56 years old
Country    Canada (Ottawa)
HR race   Pyrenees
Number of HR's previously participated in   1, Alpes 2014
Any training tips    Ride
Any HR tips     Keep smiling…at least for the pictures.
Favourite place to ride    Gatineau Hills (Quebec, Canada), White Face Mountain (Wilmington, NY, USA)
KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015    not enough.

Name    Darrell A

Age Category     54

Country     Canada

HR race     Pyrenees

Number of HR's previously participated in     Two HR Alps and Dolomites

Any training tips    Ride lots and lots.......  :)  Get some back-to-back long sessions in at your targeted & expected HR intensities. Don't forget to climb as much as you can or at least ride with a similar, expected power on the flats.

Any HR tips     Don't go out to hard in the first few days! You don't want to hit the later stages totally spent. You should be consistently strong through the week, if not getting stronger as the 7 days progress.

Favourite place to ride    Italy, France and Spain, in no particular order.

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015    8,000+ km's.

Name    Simon B

Age Category    40-49

Country    Australia

HR race     Pyrenees

Number of HR's previously participated in    HR Alps 2014

Any training tips     consistency - train week in week with min 3 sessions per week, hills and some interval training

Any HR tips     enjoy and use the food stops - sultanas, banana, cake, cheese, coca cola - real food is better than gels!

Favourite place to ride     Japan

KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015     4000kms+

Name   Will L

Age Category    30 - 39
Country     Australia
HR race      Triple Crown
Number of HR's previously participated in   Everyone since the HR started in 2011 - that’s seven in total
Any training tips   Enjoy the training, it will hurt (and it should hurt) but that will make the event(s) that much easier. There is very little chance of you replicating a HR event during training. My suggestion is to try and ride for seven days in a row, it will have to be hard riding, find hills, even if you have to repeat on them. Try and get those hills to be steep and complete them during the ends of your ride. No matter how many days you get to ride in a row, don’t forget to recover! Your body will thank you for it. Recovery can be on the bike, finding a flat loop where you can spin the legs helps tremendously. 
Any HR tips    If you think that you are going to race for seven days you had better come fully prepared. Don’t be afraid to use one day during the event as a recovery day, ie the ITT or one of the shorter stages. Enjoy the other competitors company - where else can you ride with 500 riders from all over the world? If you are passing people when descending, say “on your left” to let them know you’re coming. Please park your bike at the stands at feed stations.  
Favourite place to ride    Wherever the road or trail takes me ... there are some special places to ride in the world!
KM/Miles ridden so far in 2015    7,600km

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