Haute Route Triple Crown

The Haute Route Triple Crown : A Select Group

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In 2015 twowheeltours had six riders attempt and complete the Haute Route Triple Crown - Pyrenees, Alps and Dolomites - picture above.  


Those riders were:


Bryan Clarke - Kokstad, South Africa - completed the HR Alps in 2014 with twowheeltours 

Richard Clarke - Cape Town, South Africa - completed the HR Alps in 2014 with twowheeltours

Howard Galloway - Canberra, Australia - completed the HR Alps in 2013 with twowheeltours

Adrian Rollins - Canberra, Australia - his first HR event

David Solomon - Sydney, Australia - completed the HR Alps in 2013 with twowheeltours

Will Levy - Sydney, Australia - completed each HR since 2011 with twowheeltours


This is the second year that the full Haute Route series has been staged – three week-long events back-to-back – and five years since the inaugural event in the Alps. A record 1,600 riders aged between 18 and 74-years-old, from 50 different nationalities, entered 2015’s events. 28 passionate riders attempted all three. twowheeltours is proud that all six made it from Anglet France to Venice Italy. 


For a photo gallery of the riders see below.


Haute Route Pyrenees 2015 in numbers:

Total distance: 812km

Total Ascent: 19,900m

Total Descent: 15,200m


Haute Route Alps 2015 in numbers:

Total distance: 837km

Total ascent: 22,800m

Total descent: 20,000m


Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps 2015 in numbers:

Total distance: 900km

Total Ascent: 23,500m

Total Descent: 15,600m


Haute Route Triple Crown 2015 in numbers:

Total distance: 2,549km

Total Ascent: 66,200m

Total Descent: 50,800m 


Haute Route Pyrenees 2015 Stage by Stage:

Friday 14th August: Grand Village Depart and non-timed parade

Stage 1, Saturday 15th August: Anglet to La Pierre Saint-Martin (137km, 4050m D+)

Stage 2, Sunday 16th August: Pau to Pau (160km, 2800m D+)

Stage 3, Monday 17th August: Pau to Hautacam (104km, 3150m D+)

Stage 4, Tuesday 18th August: Argelès-Gazost to Saint-Lary Soulan (113km, 3900m D+)

Stage 5, Wednesday 19th August: ITT Saint-Lary Soulan to Pla d’Adet (12km, 953m D+)

Stage 6, Thursday 20th August: Saint-Lary Soulan to Superbagnères (122km, 4100m D+)

Stage 7, Friday 21st August: Bagnères-de-Luchon to Toulouse (154km, 1300m D+)


Haute Route Pyrenees 2015 cols & ascents:

Stage 1: Col de Bagargui 1327m / Ascent La Pierre Saint-Martin 1656m

Stage 2: Col de Marie-Blanque 1035m / Col d'Aubisque 1709m / Col du Soulor 1474m

Stage 3: Col du Soulor 1474m / Hautacam 1635m

Stage 4: Col du Tourmalet 2117m / Col d’Aspin 1489m / Col d'Azet 1580m

Stage 5: Pla d’Adet 1660m

Stage 6: Col d'Azet 1580m / Col de Peyresourde 1569m / Port de Balès 1755m / Superbagnères 1791m

Stage 7: Col de Menté 1349m


Haute Route Alps 2015 Stage by Stage:

Event Village, Saturday 22nd August: Nice

Stage 1, Sunday 23rd August: Nice – Auron (3,750 M+, 125km)

Stage 2, Monday 24th August: Auron – Briançon (4,250 M+, 150km)

Stage 3, Tuesday 25th August: ITT: Serre Chevalier – Col du Granon (1,074 M+, 12km)

Stage 4, Wednesday 26th August: Serre Chevalier – Les Deux Alpes (4,200 M+, 168km)

Stage 5, Thursday 27th August: Les Deux Alpes – La Toussuire (3,550 M+, 115km)

Stage 6, Friday 28th August: La Toussuire – Megève (3950 M+, 156km)

Stage 7, Saturday 29th August: Megève – Geneva (2400 D+, 129km)


Haute Route Alps 2015 cols and ascents:

Stage 1: Col de Nice (493m) / Col de St Roch (990m) / Col des Portes (631m) / Col de St Martin (1500m) / Ascent of Auron (1568m)

Stage 2: Col de la Bonette (2715m) / Col de Vars (2109m) / Col d’Izoard (2360m)

Stage 3: Col du Granon (2413m)

Stage 4: Col du Lautaret (2058m) / Col du Galibier (2645m) / Col du Télégraphe (1566m) / Col de la Croix de Fer (2067m) / Ascent of Les Deux Alpes (1655m)

Stage 5: Col de Sarenne (1999m) / Col de la Croix de Fer (2067m) / Ascent of La Toussuire (1738m)

Stage 6: Col de la Madeleine (2000m) / Col des Saisies (1650m)

Stage 7: Col des Aravis (1487m) / Col des Glières (1440m) / Col de la Croisette (1175m)


Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps 2015 - Stage by Stage:

Event Village: Sunday 30th August: Geneva

Stage 1: Monday 31st August: Geneva - Canton of Valais (164km, 3500m +)

Stage 2: Tuesday 1st September: Canton of Valais - Andermatt (144km, 3750m +)

Stage 3: Wednesday 2nd September: Saint Moritz - Bernina Pass ITT (14km)

Stage 4: Thursday 3rd September: Saint Moritz - Bormio (96km, 3560km +)

Stage 5: Friday 4th September: Bormio - Merano (148km, 4000m +)

Stage 6: Saturday 5th September: Merano - Cortina d'Ampezzo (140km, 4320m +)

Stage 7: Sunday 6th September: Cortina D'Ampezzo - Venice (193km, 3670m +)


Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps 2015 - cols & ascents:

Stage 1:  Col de Cou 1116m / 1096m Col de Terramont / Col du Grand Taillet 1041m / 1369m Col du Pas de Morgins / Ascent to Crans-Montana 1500m

Stage 2:  Furkapass 2436m / 2046m Oberalppass

Stage 3:  Bernina Pass 2330m (Individual Time Trial)

Stage 4:  Bernina Pass 2330m / Forcola Livigno 2315m / 2208m Eira Pass / Pass Foscagno 2291m / 2758m Passo Stelvio

Stage 5:  Passo Gavia 2652m / Passo del Tonale 1884m / 1785m Passo Castrina

Stage 6:  Sella Pass 2240m / Pordoi 2239m / 2105m Falzarego

Stage 7:  Giau Pass 2236m / Fork Staulenza 1773m / 1605m Passo Duran / Passo San Boldo 706m


Why is the Triple Crown so Special?

Here is a note from one of our riders who has completed TWO HR Triple Crowns - the first in 2015 & another in 2017 (the Quad):


I am now back home in Australia reflecting on a wonderful Haute Route experience.
I just wanted to thank you the Haute Route for the great experience and the immense satisfaction I had in finishing. The 2017 triple was much harder for me than in 2015, I’m 2 years older, I think the route was harder especially in the Pyrenees & Alps.
Specifically I love the routes & some of the new roads we travelled on, smaller less used cols, & even the difficulty of some like the cruel finish at Hospice de France.
More specifically I would like to thank:
All the motos, whose encouragement along the routes was vital to my success, 
The HR photographers & video team, 
The HR staff at the start
The HR staff at all the drink / food stops
The volunteers at all the intersections,
& finally the HR organisers for putting on such a special event.

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