Haute Route - Alps 2022

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In 2011 twowheeltours attended the first ever Haute Route event

Since then we have partnered with the Haute Route to offer the most comprehensive packages to the 3, 5 and 7 day events

Our focus is you and your success in Reaching New Heights 

 


 

The extras twowheeltours provides for the best possible experience:

Airport Transfers, Accommodation

Massage, Mechanic

Bike Servicing, Full Board

Cars & Bags on Course, Staff at Rest Stops, Starts & Finishes

Ride Nutrition & Non Rider Partner Program

 

HR Alps from OC 2

 

Reach New Heights with twowheeltours 


 

Refunds or Transfers are given for any cancellations due to COVID-19.

Once you book for any tour, an invoice will be sent to you outlining dates and further information.

 


 

Course below from 2021

HR Alps 2021 Course Map

 

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For twowheeltours

The Haute Route Alps sold out each year

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Start City Nice France

Finish City Mégeve France / Geneva Switzerland

2022 Event 

Ten Day Fully Catered Package:

Friday 19 August - Sunday 28 August 2022

  

We can organise packages for any length of days - please email us for more details

 

Seven Day Race:

Rego : Saturday 20 August - Saturday 27 August 2022

 

Profile from 2021 is Below

HR Alps 2021 Course Profile

 

In 2022 We Will Have Very Limited Number of 

Exclusive Places On Our Fully Catered Tour 

 

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HR Alps from OC 1

 

For twowheeltours - since 2012 - the Haute Route Alps has sold out! 

 

twowheeltours offers a limited number of riders an unbelievable experience for what is 'the highest and toughest cyclo-sportives in the world'. If you're going to do any Haute Route - do it in style and comfort. twowheeltours takes pride in making sure all our riders need to do is focus on the event. We have our own masseur, mechanic, bag logistic manager, cars on course and tour manager who rides the course with our riders

 

Described by Cyclist Magazine as “leg-shredding and life-changing in equal measure”, the flagship event of the Haute Route Cycling Series is a challenge like no other. The crown jewel in the Haute Route calendar gives you the rare opportunity to pin on a number and test yourself on many of the world’s most famous climbs as well as long, point-to-point stages. In 2022, the peloton will start in Nice, making its way north through the heart of the Alps to a triumphant finish in Megeve

 

twowheeltours has been associated with the Haute Route since its inauguration in 2011

 

We also offer a NON RIDING partner program - imagine your own multi-lingual tour guide, taking you to cultural and architectural highlights of the region then meeting up with the riders after each stage at the best local restaurants

 

Are you are 'tough enough' to consider racing back to back - Alps + Dolomites?

  

Are you up to the challenge? 

 

HR Alps from OC 3

 

Highlights for the riders

  • Opportunity to ride nine days
  • Photos from the tour
  • During the event there will be twowheeltours support vehicles on course
  • Our own mechanic and masseur on staff 
  • Amazing food
  • All bag logistics - inlcuding on course ride bags
  • Airport transfers
  • Whether you are riding or racing the Haute Route - twowheeltours will support you

 

Included on tour

  • Transfers from Nice Airport (NCE) and Geneva Airport (GVA) 
  • Up to 9 nights and 10 days on tour - we can organise any extra nights pre / post event to suit you needs
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners 
  • Laundry
  • Accommodation in top level hotels
  • Support vehicle includes tools, pumps, cooler with drinks plus fruit and snacks

 

 

 

2022 Alps Packages & Price

2022 - HR Alps

7 Day Race : 10 Day Package

  • Top Level Accommodation
  • Fully Catered Tour
  • Airport, Train Station or Hotel Transfers on tour days 
  • Luggage logistics 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinners plus drinks
  • Masseur on the twowheeltours staff
  • Mechanic on the twowheeltours staff
  • Staff on course at rest stops
  • Laundry
  • Single Occupancy
  • More details listed in the Haute Route FAQ Tab

 

  • 10 Days €5,619 INCLUDES HR Race Entry
  • 10 Days €3,720 EXCLUDES HR Race Entry
  • -€540 for twin share

 

  • 9 Days €5,364 INCLUDES HR Race Entry
  • 9 Days €3,465 EXCLUDES HR Race Entry
  • -€480 for twin share

 

  • 8 Days €5,109 INCLUDES HR Race Entry
  • 8 Days €3,210 EXCLUDES HR Race Entry
  • -€420 for twin share

 

Iron Package = Alps & Dolomites

  • 18 Days €TBC - Iron Package - INCLUDES HR Race Entry
  • 18 Days €TBC - Iron Package - EXCLUDES HR Race Entry 
  • Dates : Friday 19 August > Monday 5 September 2022

 

  • 17 Days €TBC - Iron Package - INCLUDES HR Race Entry
  • 17 Days €TBC - Iron Package - EXCLUDES HR Race Entry
  • Dates : Saturday 20 August > Monday 5 September 2022

OR

  • Dates : Friday 19 August > Sunday 4 September 2022

 

  • Payment dates:

50% to confirm your place

Second Depoist, if doing more than ONE tour, due 20 December

Final payment due 20 April

All payment details are outlined on your statement 

 

Prices subject to change due to early bird rates

 

Contact info@twowheeltours.com.au for more information

 

2022 Alps Accommodation

 

Below is information from the 2021 Event : 2022 details will be released ASAP

 

Alps Hotels

twowheeltours prides ourselves on starting and ending our fully catered tours in the best possible accommodation. Information on the hotels where twowheeltours stays during the event is available to our clients. If you would like details on those hotels please send us an email at info@twowheeltours.com.au

 

Les Loges Blanches - Megeve - Start

 

We look forward to our starting our fully catered tour in Megeve at this very comfortabel  four star hotel . Riders can relax in the outdoor heated swimming pool or sauna before or after the Stage 1. The rooms are very spacious and all have a terrace with a splendid view. The hotel is  situated within walking and easy ride distance to the center of Megève.

 

 

Les Loges Blanches pool      Les Loges Blanches inside

 

During the Event:

Hotel Village Montana - Tignes

Hotel Plein Sud - Serre Chevalier

Hôtel Au Bon Logis - Risoul

Le Chastellarès - Auron

 

Beau Rivage - Nice - Finish

This is the second year twowheeltours will stay at the beautiful Beau Rivage Hotel (4 star). Set in an 1860 building restored by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. A modern upscale hotel, across the road the Med and close to the Official start and registration for the HR.

 

Those on the 10 day Fully Catered Tour will spend one night in this lovely hotel. Many of our riders are arriving early into Nice to get settled before heading to Geneva. For breakfast, riders will have a vast selection of quality regional produce at the hot and cold buffet in the Les Galets restaurant. 

 

We will have access to the hotels private beach and dine by the water in their restaurant.

 

Beau Rivage Nice Outside     Beau Rivage Nice Bedrooms

 

Haute Route FAQ

 

What will twowheeltours offer besides race entry and support?

All land based transfers from the closest Main Airport &/Or closest Main Train Station &/Or Hotel in the closest Main village/city on tour days. 

 

Join twowheeltours during the seven day event and spend night(s) either side of the event so that you are well prepared for the Haute Route Alps. Come join us for our 10 day tour in combination with the seven day event. We can also offer shorter tours if you would like, click the amount of days you prefer on the booking page.

 

What staffing does twowheeltours provide?

We have been fortunate enough to be at countless HR events since 2011. We take pride in making sure all our riders need to do is focus on the event. We have our own masseur, mechanicbag logistic manager and tour managerwho rides the course with our riders. 

 

Why continue to change the course? 

Since 2011 the organisers have altered the course to keep you the cyclists on your toes. The race will continue to include different formats (classic stages, marathon stages, individual time trial - ITT) with a daily averages of 100+km and two to three major climbs - beside the ITT. Jean-Francois Alcan, Race Director, will continue to challenge the cyclist and bring us through some of the most spectacular scenery EU has on offer.

 

Guide Book for the Haute Route

  

Alps : Click link Here or image below

 

We cannot confirm exactly when the guide books will become available but they are distributed before the event.

 

Pyrenees 2019 (7 day not offered in 2021)         Alps 2019

Pyrenees 2019 Guide Book Cover   Alps 2019 Guide Book Cover

 

Here are some past examples of Rider Training Guides / Hand Books:

 

Haute Route Oman 2019 guide book - LINK

 

Example of a Training Guide from Haute Route 2018

Haute Route Training Guide 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another example of a Training Guide from Haute Route 2017

Haute Route Guide Book 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Grimpeur Magazine 

The Haute Route quarterly digital magazine is the go-to reference for all things Haute Route. Featuring exclusive interviews, rider profiles, event previews, unique articles, guest columns and much much more. A great resource for all Haute Route riders.

 

February - Spring 2019                                                            Summer 2019

Grimpeur 300 Feb 2019  Grimpeur Summer 2019

 

Autumn 2019                                                                                  Winter 2019

Grimpeur Magazine Autumn 2019    Grimpeur Winter 2019

 

Spring 2020

Grimpeur Winter 2019

 

GPX Files

We will also receive the GPX files before the event. We (twowheeltours) turn them into ‘ride with GPS’ files and then email them to our riders so you can see the elevation gains etc. EG from 2018:

 

Stage 1

110.7km with 3,010m

 

What will your Haute Route Race day will look like?

  • Wake up between 0530 and 0600 - depending on the stage start time
  • Breakfast between 0530 and 0700 - depending on the stage start time. All breakfasts are included
  • Drop your mussette(s) at reception, you will see those bags again on course/at the stage finish. In those bags you can put nutrition, extra clothing and/or leave clothing at the rest stops. For you finish bag you can pack comfortable shoes, t-shirt or wind vest and any other clothes
  • Stage start between 0700 and 0800
  • You will see on of our vehicles during each stage for assistance. Where they are located depends on each stage, taking into consideration, weather and the distance of the stage. At the end of each stage you will find a twowheeltours staff member to welcome you. You can get a cold drink, offer you something to eat, pass along your mussette and give you directions to lunch and the location of the hotel 
  • Stage finish between 1130 and 1700 
  • A hot lunch is served by the race organisers
  • HR Massages are available near the finish line. If you want a massage from the race organisers, you will need to register when you arrive. A time slot will be given to everyone, to avoid waiting
  • twowheeltours will have their own massage therapist on tour
  • Briefing for riders at 1830 in the race village - a twowheeltours representative will be at the briefing to collect information to share with you at dinner
  • Dinner with twowheeltours usually from 1830

 

Extras you will receive

  • Haute Route clothing
  • HR Marshals along the route and at intersections
  • Motorcycle escorts, many of whom have assisted at the TdF in years past 
  • Presence of security vehicles to escort the peloton (including a sag wagon/bus)
  • Medical team who are also on the road during the event and at each finish village
  • Mechanical support during the race and at the villages
  • Timing and tracking system
  • For your bike and for identification you will receive a personalised frame plate and official numbers to wear daily
  • Rest stops at the tops of cols and also along the route with food, drinks and energy products
  • Daily rankings (Solo, Team, and by age group and sex)
  • Hot lunch at the end of each stage
  • Each night there is a safety briefing followed by an aperitif - note twowheeltours has our own briefing at the hotel
  • Closing party held at the finishing city
  • A medal for each finisher
  • A finishing shirt 
  • A personalised certificate to download

 

Other benefits which are available but not necessarily needed as you are on the twowheeltours package:

  • Secure bike park at each finish village
  • Access to a bike wash area at each finish village
  • Videos produced daily and published to youtube which are shown during safety briefings
  • You will also receive a Haute Route ‘race day’ back pack 

 

Official Guide - maps - route details:

All riders receive via e-mail, the Haute Route Official Guide - below is an example from 2015 of what the document looks like:

 

 

What other support over and above that provided by the Haute Route organisation does twowheeltours offer?

We are a Fully Catered tour, we provide all land based transfers from the closest Main Airport &/Or closest Main Train Station &/Or Hotel in the closest Main village/city on tour days. 

 

We provide all breakfasts and dinners, drinks including alcohol, bag logistics, staff on course and also at the finish line of each stage, staff member riding the course taking photos*, laundry, non-rider partner program with their own guide and daily activities, cooler and baskets stocked with extra food and beverages post race and personalised attention. 

 

You will also see twowheeltours staff on course during each stage. Each morning riders will drop their mussettes / feed station bags at our hotel's reception which will be taken to the designated mountain passes / feed zones. Riders receive a back pack from the Race Organisers plus a musette from twowheeltours to be used for these bags. In these bags riders can put clothes / food / bottles etc. Each stage varies but you will usually see two twowheeltours staff members on each stage. 

 

The additional 'Race Bag' service from the race organisers. The rough details are - As a reminder the race bag service allows you to access extra kit your own food and any other spares at a pre-determined feed station mid-race - particularly helpful on bad weather days! Riders who purchase this service in advance will be able to pick up their customised race bag on Registration Day.

 

Travelling with twowheeltours means that you do NOT need this. We will have cars on course and you will have your backpack from the race organisers and also the twowheeltours musette to use on-course. Each night we will go over where our vehicles will be on course. In the morning we will have areas where you can leave you backpack or musette to be collected by you on course.

 

*Bring an 8G thumb drive and receive the photos for nothing at the end of the trip.  

 

Haute Route Video

Have you watched the HR Video on what to pack / bring? Now you will have some questions, not all points relate to you as your are on our tour and you may be on a shorter tour:

 

Haute Route Bag - You can take the HR bag IF YOU WANT, we give you twowheeltours luggage tags which you put on your bags, preferably two which we move everyday, one large bag and one backpack. You drop your bags to reception each morning and our team move them to the next hotel. We recommend that you take the HR (small) back pack, you can use that on course. Also, we give you another little bag which you can use for another rest stop during the stage. At reception each morning we have signs to designate where our staff will be on course and you put the bags where you want to see them. At the end of the day, our staff bring them back to the hotel.

 

Our staff on Course - The location of our staff on course varies each day, due to weather, distance and other logistical factors.

 

Bike Bag - The race organisers take your bag from Registration to the final village - ie Megeve to Nice or whichever are your start and finish villages. You can put any gear in the bike bag which you do not want to see for eight days. Many of our clients will place their HR Travel Bag (90 litres) in their bike box for a momento. There is no access to your bike bag once it is dropped off on the registration afternoon through to after Stage 7. twowheeltours will be leaving your bike box during HR in Divonne-les-Bains. 

 

Rules - if you DNF one stage you can still start the next stage. You may not receive a shirt at the end but you will receive a medal.

 

Teams information from 2021 : TBC for 2022

This will replace the Duo competition within each Haute Route event.

 

Some riders may remember the HR used to have a team competition a few years ago and by popular demand it will make a return in 2021. The beauty of the team classification is that each rider will still get an individual time as well as an overall time for the team worked out on the fastest 4 members to finish each day.

 

So a group of friends/ colleagues/ members of a club can both race and have fun as a team while still knowing how they measure up against the rest of the opposition.

 

Team from 4 to 6 riders - Team Men only (3 fastest times counting) - Team Women only (3 fastest times counting) - Team Mixed (3 fastest times counting – 1 at least must be a female or a male).

 

Riders competing in Team category will also be ranked individually in Solo Man or Woman.

 

twowheeltours can assist in supporting your team to help reach your goals with on course support, bottles on the fly etc.

 

How hard is the Haute Route?

Luckily enough, I was intereviewd at the finish line of the Haute Route Dolomites 2016 event, here's what was reported:

 

Forty-something-year-old Sydneysider Will Levy was celebrating a unique achievement, having become the only rider to complete every Haute Route event since the first one in the Alps in 2011. “I feel good…probably better than I did after the first one in 2011, that was extremely hard because you didn't know what was going to happen with riding for 7 days in a row. It has been an amazing experience to go through from the beginning until now and on into the future. Things certainly become easier once you have one Haute Route under your belt.” 

 

What is Will’s advice to someone thinking of taking on an Haute Route event? “The fitter you are, the more fun you’ll have. These are not just Saturday or Sunday rides – you need to come prepared and the better prepared you are the more fun you will have,” he said.

 

Is it a ride or a race?

The top 50, or so, riders go hard. They do not mess around, do quick rest stops, many times miss the timed rest stops and not much chatting in the bunch. Not to say that the riders from 51 to the back of the bunch do not ride hard but there is definitely a different mentality. There is nothing worse than going hard on Stage 1 and cooking yourself for the remainder of the stages. 

 

Timed sections

This varies each day, there is no set rule. The Haute Route try to get as much of the day’s ride as a timed section. Some days there may be a 10km neutral ‘roll-out’ from the start while other days there may be 1km, each day is different. The weather also plays a major part, if it is wet/raining etc they may cancel the timed descents for safety reasons. 

 

When there are non-timed descents, riders will go as fast as they can up the hill and cross the timing mat. More than likely, there will be a feed-station at the top of that climb, where the timing will stop. These feed stations are very relaxed and people ‘hang-out’ to refuel, rehydrate etc.

 

Then riders usually take the descent ‘easy' and many times you will find a large group waiting before the timing mat, which is generally located at the bottom of the hill/mountain. This situation happens more-so if there is a valley or long flat section. Then someone usually takes change and decides when to roll out when the group looks ’strong enough’.

 

If there is a non-timed descent going straight into another timed climb, people will just roll across the timing mat as they please. 

 

I think I need a training program?

Each rider is different. A training program certainly helps, especially when talking to a coach who has a wealth of experience and who has completed many cyclo-sportives.

 

We like to encourage riders that the fitter they are, the more fun they will have. 

 

We have a range of coaches who we highly recommend. For further details on training programs, costs etc - CLICK HERE

 

Riders may also be interested in reading a paper by Geoff Nash who has written an in-depth paper on a riders power from the Haute Route Dolomites - CLICK HERE for the paper.

Geoff Nash 

What is the difference between 8 day and 10 day tours?

The main difference is the arrival and departure dates. We will still collect you from the designated airport/train station. You will spend one night, the night before stage 1 depart, at the same hotel as the 10 day tour riders. During the rest of the race/tour you will be at the same hotels as the other clients and eating at the same restaurants etc. You will then depart our tour on the afternoon of Stage 7. We will take you to the designated airport/train station in the closing village.

 

I would like to have a 9 or 12 day package

twowheeltours is more than happy to assist with this request. Please email us on info@twowheeltours.com.au so that we can organise exactly what you would like. We are more than able to assist and we can be as flexible as you need.

 

You're an Australian tour company, do you have riders on your tours who are not from Australia?

We have clients on our tours from all over the world, Russia, Australia, NZ, UK, USA, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Czech Republic and Spain. Each year many of our riders return to do the Haute Route with twowheeltours, which is a great honour. 

 

Rooming

All prices listed are single supplement. For dual occupancy, other than your wife, please email us on info@twowheeltours.com.au

 

Hotels 

Hotels are listed soon after the Haute Route releases the race routes. We strive to get the best possible accommodation during the race. 

 

Wifi - Internet Access

Our hotels all have internet. We have never had problems getting on line with multiple devices for the one person - so using your mobile, laptop etc is okay.

 

What about transporting my bike to the event?

Packing your bike with care and in a specific case. This is the safest way to get your bike to the start of the event in one piece. Youtube clip on how to box your bike.

 

How do I pack my bike? 

Drop into your favourite Local Bike Store (LBS) and ask them to assist you. You could ask them to do it first then build it up, then you have a go - all for a price. Or you can become a profession via youtube - LINK. We will be there to help you build your bike. 

 

Which bike box should I use?

How long is a piece of string, there are SO many out on the market it is amazing, each year there seems to be something new and improved. We have used the EVOC Bike Travel Bag for the last 4 years - they have now updated to the PRO. We have used the EVOC Travel Bag countless of times for our MTB and road tours. It has NEVER had any issues, NEVER had my bike damaged and we really like it. I also have two ‘bits’ to make life a bit easier - CHAIN COVER & ROAD BIKE ADAPTOR. It may take a little longer to use this bike but once you have done with travel the bag compacts down. When boxing the bike, we would highly recommend removing the derailleur from the derailleur-tip but that takes a few extra seconds - youtube clip - this is a clip is by 'Computer' a Sydney mechanic, excuse his hair and finger nails, he really is a good guy! Other options are : Polaris do some very good models or Scicon Bags or there is the Helium one which gets great reviews OR go to your LBS and get a cardboard box.

 

Bike Bags

Will be transported by twowheeltours to and from the train station or your hotel.

 

Where can I build my bike?

We will have a designated area at the start and finish of the tour which can be used to build your bike. twowheeltours will be there to assist with the building of your bike. 

 

Help will be there if necessary

To assist you in building your bike there will be the required tools plus bike stand, track pumps, torque wrench, grease, chain lube, rags, plastic gloves and hand wipes.

 

Have you ever had troubles transporting your bike on airlines?

In many years of traveling with a bike, there has never been any issues with boxing and flying with our bikes. Note, some airlines do charge for excess baggage while others do not. We do not know the policy on each carrier but we know that United, American Airlines and Lufthansa charge for bike boxes whereas Virgin Atlantic does not so long as it is under 23kg / 50 lbs & 62” / 158cm total linear cm and Qatar / Qantas allow you to bring your bike as long as it is within your 30kg limit. Please make sure you weigh your bike before you get to the airport and it is also highly recommended that you check prices and the fine print for excess luggage (ie bike bags / sporting equipment) with whoever you are flying with. Please do this before you get to the airport.

 

What time does the race start each day?

Riders start each days stage from the Haute Route Village at various times depending on the length of the day's stage. The earliest has been 7:00am. On the time trial day start times differ depending on your over-all accumulated standing. That day the starts go from last to first.

 

What time does the race finish each day?

Again depending on the length of the day and how fast you ride. From the previous Haute Route stages finishes have concluded anywhere from 1pm through to 5pm.

 

Is there a minimum speed average?

Each day the race organisers set a cut off time and minimum average speed depending on the length of the stage.

 

What is there to do at the end of the days rides?

Relax, put your feet in a fountain, shower, eat, talk to other riders, take a nap, rehydrate, grab a massage then eat and drink some more. There is generally a reasonable amount of time to relax before dinner.

 

Tools and other equipment

twowheeltours will have a full tool kit for your use on the tour as per listed above including track pumps.

 

What should I bring?

It is highly recommended that riders bring tubes, mini tool, levers etc which you would normally take on a long ride - recommended pack list.

 

During the HR riders will need to be somewhat self sufficient. There is always a company associated with the event who are there to assist with mechanicals. Note, they will not change tubes for you. It is also recommend that riders bring specific spokes and derailleur tip/hanger - you will be reminded of this during the booking phase. There will be cables, chains and tires, if it gets to that point, available at stage finishes. 

 What to take with you HR Oct 2019

 

What wheels should I bring?

Over the years we have ridden the Haute Route with the aluminium wheels, fitted with clincher tires. We would HIGHLY recommend that you leave tubular tires at home. 

 

For those bringing disc brakes, please make sure that you bring at least 2 sets, 4 pads in total, of brand new brake pads. 

 

Mandatory Haute Route Packing List

The Haute Route wants to ensure that each rider comes to the event fully prepared for colder temperatures, and not only rainy weather. In the past, some riders have shown up expecting summery temperatures and clement weather, only to almost freeze at the top of some of the cols or on some of the descents! That is why they require the five mandatory items:

 

Hardshell helmet

Long sleeve thermal jacket

Full finger winter gloves

Thermal overshoes

Leg warmers/leggings

 

The jacket needs to be ‘waterproof’ and ‘windproof’. The one which we have been using in the past Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket. We also pack a lighter spray jacket plus a gillet/vest to come away with. 

 

Other choices are:

Attaquer All Day Rain

Gore Stretch

Castelli Perfetto 

 

What role do the Roving Event Mechanics Play?

There will be around 5 staff, in a fleet of 3-4 cars, which follow the peloton throughout every stage. During the event, technicians in cars - or at fixed service points - will ensure rapid repairs in the case of any mechanical problems.

  

Bike servicing and washing

All riders, pre Haute Route, should have their bikes FULLY serviced including, bottom bracket wear/tear, rims checked, new tires, inner tubes, brakes and cables. At each village there are facilities to wash your bike and yes you will be able to use our tools for any of your needs. There is NO charge for any mechanical work done by twowheeltours.

 

Bike washing

Bikes do not need to be washed each day.  

 

Gearing

It is recommended to have a compact crank. In previous years there have been just a few riders who had standard cranks. About what to run in the rear, ask yourself this question, do you spend much of your time riding in the granny around home? If so you'll be in it a lot during the Haute Route. Also think about climbing a mountain which is 15+ kms, that can be around 2 hours of going up. Most of our clients have a compact at the front and 11-32 cassette.

 

Travel Insurance 

You MUST organise your own travel insurance. You MUST make sure all aspects, medical, flights etc. are covered.

  

For Australians, twowheeltours can recommend velosure - they are aware of our insurance needs. Each policy will differ due to a variety of circumstances, ie age and dates travelled etc. They are happy to assist in giving an obligation free quote. Please head to their website for more information. 

 

COVID & HR Insurance : Four Points

1. Get extra cover with the Haute Route optional Insurance Policy

 

The HR insurance covers accidents, injuries, or even changing your mind.

 

The cost for the HR Insurance Policy is 15% of the value of your package (for example, your entry fee as your accommodation and other details are covered by twowheeltours) and it must be purchased at the time of registration. Riders who you have an entry code from twowheeltours, can purchase this during their booking on the HR website. 

 

The HR Insurance Policy does not require you to give a specific reason for cancelling your registration, but like most insurance companies, Circle Policy excludes COVID-19 from their coverage. Riders will deal direct with the HR to claim their Insurance. 

 

If any rider is unable to attend an event due to COVID-19, we will offer them the chance to transfer their registration to another event.

 

Learn more about insurance : https://faq.hauteroute.org/knowledge/cancellation-insurance

 

2. You don’t need insurance to cancel    

 

If any rider cannot or does not want to come to an event, they can cancel their HR registration at any time. 

 

Once riders have booked with twowheeltours, you are to let us know that you will not longer be able to attend and we will deal direct the the HR.

 

Entry fees and extra services will be refunded, minus a percentage which varies depending on the length of time before the event.   

 

You can find the details of these rates in the sales conditions. 

 

The full sales conditions : https://www.hauteroute.org/policies/view/general-sales-conditions

 

3. Transfer your registration

 

Things are changing fast at the moment, so we (HR) are keeping things flexible. If COVID-19 is still impacting our events, we (HR) will give affected riders the opportunity to transfer their registration to another event with an administration fee of €50.   

 

Once riders have booked with twowheeltours, you are to let us know that you will not longer be able to attend and we will deal direct the the HR.

 

Each case will be reviewed individually so we can work with riders on the best solution for their particular situation.

 

4. If HR have to cancel an event, riders will have options.   

 

As Haute Route events have smaller participation numbers than many other sporting events, we are exempt from many current restrictions. This gives us confidence looking forward to next year’s events.   

 

However, if we are forced to cancel one of our events, all registered riders will be given the opportunity to transfer their entry to another event.

 

Do I need a Cycling Licence?

There is no cycling licence needed. A medical certificate signed by your Dr stating that you are fit for cycling is required. You will receive this once you have completed the HR registration. Once you have it signed by your Dr, you will be required to upload it to the HR website. twowheeltours can assist with this if necessary. Please make sure that you BRING the original document to the start of the tour. If you are from the EU a Cycling Licence is necessary.

 

Diet - Food on Trip

Travelling away from home is always an adventure. As we offer Fully Catered tours we supply you with breakfast and dinner. The race organisers supply you daily with lunch during the tour. The food will be excellent, we will experience top level meals. 

 

If you have eating requirements/needs please let us know when you book in the comments section and we will endeavour to meet your needs.

  

Sports Nutrition

Everyone has their favourites nutrition companies. Please bring along what you are happy with and what you trust.

 

Want more information about Specific Sports Nutrition for the Haute Route - Chloe McLeod is a Sports Dietitian who we used to help guide our clients to smarter eating for such events - more information click here

 

Bringing my own nutrition, any issues with quarantine?

In regards to bringing your own powders and large tubs of powders, we have had clients bring their own from home and they have never had an issue. Most put powder into a zip lock bag, leaving the big tub at home. We would not recommend for you to bring copious amounts of gels/powders etc as there may be an issue. If forms require please declare what you have in your bag. Lastly, please pack it in your checked luggage. 

 

Food at rest stops

At the top of each col there are 'full stations' and these have: Fresh fruit - oranges and bananas; Dried fruit - figs, apricots, sultanas; Cereal bar; Cake - savoury; Cake - sweet; Coke or cordial; Water; Energy powder; Energy bars; Energy gels - more info below.

 

There are also 'light stations' - these are located half way up some col's or after a long flat section. These stations have: Dried fruit - figs, apricots, sultanas; Cereal bar; Water; Energy powder.

  

Medical assistance during the Haute Route

Riders’ safety is the N°1 priority of the organisers of the Haute Route. Each year they entrust medical support to a team of professionals who are experienced with large endurance participation events (cyclosportives, running, trail running, adventure raids...).

 

The medical service on the Haute Route will be provided by a team of doctors, nurses, emergency technicians, and ambulances in sufficient numbers depending on the current rules and the specifications of the event. For medical reasons, a participant can temporarily or permanently be withdrawn from the race. A medical emergency number will be put in place so that each participant can easily, in case of a medical problem, let the Race Organisation know.

 

How safe is the Haute Route?

The route is not closed to vehicles, but it is secured and riders will benefit from a right of way during the timed sections of the race. Several hundred marshals will be present on the road to ensure the peloton’s safety, but ultimately YOU are responsible for your own safety whilst on your bike. It is an amazing experience seeing all the 'lollipop' men and women at the hunderds of intersections! In addition to the race management cars (head, middle and back of the peloton), motorbikes specialised in cycling races will surround the Haute Route participants.

 

In some regions, the Haute Route will benefit from the support of the local and State police to secure the strategic crossings. An “end of race” vehicles will close the race. All riders must respect the traffic laws:

 

  • To cycle on the right hand side of the road, at ALL times
  • To respect the road signs put in place by the organisation
  • To respect the traffic lights if they are not secured by motorbike or by a marshal
  • To respect other road users who are not involved in the race
  • To wear your helmet at all times
  • To display your bib on your back and your frame plate on the front of the handlebars at all times.

 

Most stages start with a secured and non-timed convoy of all the participants, at a regulated speed, until the real start line (when timing starts). Each rider will have to scrupulously respect the instructions given by the race management team. When the real finish line of the stage (when timing stops) is located before the arrival in a host city, riders will have to continue to abide by the traffic laws for the remaining kilometers, especially as they won’t be benefiting from any right of way.

  

How fast is each stage, what level of cyclist do I need to be to complete the Haute Route?

The fitter you are the more fun you will have. The race orgnisers have a cut off time for each stage. That can vary depending on the distance of the day and the difficulty of the day's stage. We have had many clients on our Haute Route tours over the years. Some have finished in the top 5 and others have finished in the bottom 5. The secret to finishing the tour is being able to complete back to back difficult rides. Also not to stop for 30 mins at the rest stops. 

 

If you continue to cycle for the entire stage and take note of the cut off times, posted at the tops of hills and also on one of the motorbikes, you will have a very good chance of completing the stage in the allotted time.   

 

Clothing and washing

It is recommended that riders bring at least 3 sets of cycling clothing. twowheeltours gives you a wash/laundry bag [WB] at the start of the tour. We will wash your kits during the tour. We will not put the WB in the dryer. On wash days there is a collection bag left near reception. Riders get their WB back before dinner. 

  

Other info on what to bring can be found here. Unfortunately we cannot wash all your day to day clothes. 

 

Is there gear that I HAVE to wear?

You can cycle in whatever gear you would like.

 

Clothing

For the official dinners and functions - there is no dress code. Even at our welcome dinner and farewell dinner there is no specific dress code, jeans, t-shirt and sneakers are more than suitable. There is only so much you can pack.

 

I've booked my ticket via twowheeltours, what next?

You main focus once you have booked with us is training and booking your flights. You will be required to completed some twowheeltours paper work.

  

You will also be required to complete the online-entry on the HR Site.

 

Paper work

We require you to sign a waiver from twowheeltours. You will also be required to complete a medical form from the HR - this form will need to be completed by a Certified Doctor and stamped by them. This is MANDATORY, if you do not have this you will NOT be able to race.  You must bring it to the start of the tour.

 

Hotels - are the hotels used by twowheeltours different to those used by the Haute Route organisation?

As the route changes yearly this is difficult to answer. We at twowheeltours offer you the best accommodation that is available to us, some hotels are very large while others are small. 

 

Location of Hotels

How close is the accommodation to the start/finish? We aim to put you in the best accommodation that is as close to the start/finish line as possible. 

 

Non-riding partners

For non-riding partners - what activities are planned? This varies year to year. We take pride in offering those partners who do not ride the opportunity to have an enjoyable time, not just sit in the van and watch/wait for the riders. When your partner signs up we like to find out what he/she enjoys to do, whether that be hiking, visiting villages, cooking classes and/or markets and provide them with a variety of activities during the tour. Non-riding partners will catch up in the evenings with the riders. We all dine together and you will spend the night together.

 

Payment

Upon booking a deposit is required, all details of payments will be outlined on your invoice.

 

How do I make the remaining payments?

Via direct deposit, all details of payments will be outlined on your invoice. 

 

Payment can be made by Square Up - Amex, MasterCard or Visa* - there are transfer fees associated with Credit Card payments. Please contact us so that we can send you an invoice from Square Up.

 

Advice for first time Multi-Day Events

 

twowheeltours has been lucky enough to have been involved with events such as the Haute Route (since 2011) and the Ride Across Portugal (since 2017) - both of their inception years. Since then, we have had hundreds of riders from +20 countries join us on cyclo-sportive tours.  

 

Some of the most important factors to remember:

 

Events like the Haute Route and Ride Across Portugal have been around for years and if this is your first multi-day, welcome to the family.

  

The stages are not ALL about climbs, remember, what goes up must come down and then there are all those rolling hills plus flat sections where teamwork is an advantage!

 

Make sure you have done some bunch riding.

 

Also, make sure you have done some riding in the rain. Nobody likes getting wet but there is always the chance that a stage may be a damp one.   

 

At the end of each tour, we ask our clients for advice for those who are attempting a multi-day cycling event:

 

Use a Tour Operator, twowheeltours.

Paolo - Italy 

 

If travelling with twowheeltoursyou don't need to think of, or stress over, any details. Everything is taken care of.

Steve - Wales

 

Train, train and train.

Eimear - Ireland

 

On the bike > breathe ... eat ... drink ... enjoy!

Owen - Australia

 

Embrace the experience! Rain, punctures, cramp, bone-chilling cold, transfers - they are all part of what makes the Haute Route such a challenge. And talk to your fellow riders - everyone has a story to tell.

Adrian - Australia

 

Have the utmost confidence in the professionalism of twowheeltours and Will's staff.

Sergio - Italy

 

Preparation. Most important is consistent training and lots of it. Work on strength and endurance. Focus on getting the body to recover from a long day and be ready for the next.

Grant - Australia

 

Preparation and attention to detail. Put in the kms of training. This is not something that can be finished without true training preparation in the legs. Also, invest in a really good "butt butter" type product that works for you and figure out how to minimize saddle sore discomfort.

Paul - USA

 

Buy a Castelli Gabba!! [Prepare for all weather conditions]

Mark - Australia

 

Train - simulate actual event.

Stan - USA

 

Train a lot. Prepare for all weather conditions. Eat a lot on the bike. Take in the scenery.

Dave - Australia

 

Train, train and train to be able to enjoy the HR and not suffer every day.

Mike - Netherlands

 

Install a climbing cassette before you leave.

Stephen - Australia

 

Haute Route is a long event - bad days could be followed by good days...so take it easy the first two days and always pay attention to good nutrition.

Stefan - Brazil

 

Train for a solid three months including a significant amount of hill climbing. You must have a high dgree of fitness otherwise you are wasting your time. Also put on a 32 cassette. 

Noel - Australia

 

Don't allow the physical and psychological challenge of the HR to get in the way of enjoying the wonders associated with riding a bike through some of the most beautiful natural scenery one can find anywhere.

Paul - Switzerland

 

Arrive fit with experience of 10km climbs.

Geoff - Australia

 

Train, train and then train more. If your goal is too complete a seven day event, make sure you pace yourself on the first few days and then if you feel good you can increase your effort on the later stages. If your goal is to position as high as possible I now know that you need to push yourself hard from day 1! But no matter what your goal is just try and take it all in and enjoy the moment. 

Will - UK

 

Trust Will’s advice and descend within your abilities.

Bruce - Australia

 

Don't worry about going hard to stay in a group as the twowheeltours guys will be there to support the first and last rider.  

Richard - Australia

 

Do the necessary hill training and endurance work. Use hill repeats if no long hills available.

Aidan - Ireland

 

Train, Prepare mentally, get use to eating a lot of food with heavy training. Learn the in’s and out’s of your bike, you will pick up early if something isn’t right.

Mitch - Australia

 

Don't pack too much cycling gear, there are wash days.

Graham - Australia

 

Train well, get a a couple of back to back days in ideally in mountain terrain.

Kieran - Ireland

 

Talk to as many of the group as you can - all great people with different experiences as riders and otherwise. Don't stress about the weather- you cannot change it. 

JR - Australia

 

Train to do the length of rides that are planned so you can enjoy them.

Mark - Australia 

 

Train hard. Seek advice from others. Understand you will be grinding / spinning up a slope for what main be two or more hours. Hopefully you are confident with that.

David - Australia

 

Keep riding, let Will tell you stories, use his energy, if everyone else is doing it you can too (in terms of fitness), relax and have fun. For Ride Across Portugal, it’s not a race it’s a ride, you literally have nothing else to do all day other than ride your bike.

Kristin - USA

 

Good gearing, avoid deep dish wheels up high in the wind, and do not chase on day one. 

Stephen - Australia

 

It's worth getting fit for the trip rather than hoping you'll ride into it. If you're fitter and therefore don't struggle as much on the climbs you can enjoy the scenery.

Adrian - Australia

     

It's a 7 day race. Pace the 7 stages, save something for the end of each day and the last couple of days. For a HR 3 day event, it is lot different from HR 7 day. 3 day with add-on tourism package means you can really enjoy it. I guess only advice would be to train right ahead of time. Make sure you are ready for climbing.

Brent - USA

 

I want to say do it with an organised group like twowheeltours but in hindsight, I appreciate that my first HR was done with friends only, doing all the extra bits myself. It made me really appreciate the luxury of Will & crew and how much easier it made the stages. So my real advice to a first timer is to ask advice, from people that you know that have done it before. Even regarding travel and best routes etc. Understand all the logistically elements before you arrive, so that you can have fun in the race and don't have to sweat the small stuff either side of the stages. It makes the whole event more relaxed and enjoyable

Jocelyn - Australia

 

Go easy on day one! 

Simon - Australia

 

Find an experienced coach and ask him to make a training plan for Haute Route. If the coach has done a Haute Route or done stage racing that would be better. Spend time on training as much as you can so that you will not regret. You need to do some 6+ hour days as part of your training.
Don't care about other riders who pass you. 
Keep your pace - the Haute Route is long.
Never work too hard especially on the first day.
Don't think about the upcoming passes and stages which remain, just concentrate on the climb or descend you are facing.

Kenji - Japan

 

Pace yourself - don't go full gas on day 1 or at the start of any stage unless you are an experienced stage racer.

David - Australia

 

Get a good training program that focuses on hill climbing and endurance - do the prep, ride to your ability, pace your efforts to enjoy each day. 

Michelle - Australia

Non-Riders

 

We also offer a NON RIDING partner program - imagine your own multi-lingual tour guide, taking you to cultural and architectural highlights of the region then meeting up with the riders after each stage at the best local restaurants

 

In conjunction with and supporting the fully catered rider’s tours to all our events, twowheeltours offers partners a very special travel experience. Our Non-Riding Partner Program is led by a multilingual guide who will take you on a cultural journey covering the following highlights:

 

                All lunches and morning/afternoon teas

                Visits to unique historical landmarks

                Walks through national parks

                Cooking classes at exceptional restaurants

                Casual riding on electric bikes through picturesque villages and landscapes

                Wine tasting and vineyard tours 

                Opportunity to customise the Program to your own interests

 

  • 10 Days €3,200
  • 9 Days €3,000
  • 8 Days €2,800
  • 7 Days €2,600
  • 6 Day Tours - these vary depending on the event location 

 

We also offer Non Rider Packages WITHOUT activities, where you spend days on-course. These packages are lower in price.

 

Please contact twowheeltours for more information and to register your interest for this unique and exciting program

 

2022 Haute Route Alps Stages

 

Below is information from the 2021 Event

2022 Haute Route details to be released

 

Village Grand Depart: Megève / Saturday 21st August 2021

 

Stage 1: Megève > Megève Côte 2000 / Sunday 22nd August 2021

110KM / 3,000M+

Stage 1 of Haute Route Alps 2021 is a classic loop that features stunning views of Mont Blanc from several angles, and finishes with a finale up to the top of Côte 2000. Starting from the Palais des Sports, you’ll cruise gradually downhill for 10km before reaching the foot of the Col des Aravis. Electrified by the excitement and anticipation of the race start, the peloton’s pace on the first climb of the week is always high, but remember, this is the first of four climbs today, and many more for the week! Following a fast descent, you’ll immediately head for the sky again, passing through small villages to reach the summit of the Col de la Colombière at 1613m. Enjoy the descent and climb over the easier side of Col de Romme before plunging down the steep side to Cluses. From here, find a group and work together on the 19-kilometre false flat to Sallanches. Leaving town, you’ll start the first of three climbs on small country roads that stair-step all the way through Megève to the finish line in Côte 2000.


Stage 2: Megève > Tignes / Monday 23rd August 2021

109KM / 3,450M+

After a massage and comfortable night in Megève, the peloton will retrace the first 10 kilometres of Stage 1 before turning left to climb the Col de Saisies. Dress warmly, as you’ll be climbing in the shade - or ride faster to keep yourself warm. After a fast descent, you’ll start up the 20.5-kilometre Cormet de Roselend. The climb starts out with a few very steep ramps before settling into a steady grade, and features a reprieve after 11km as you pass the beautiful blue waters of Lac de Roselend. Feeling rejuvenated, you’ll muster the energy for the final five kilometres to the summit at nearly 2000 metres above sea level. The long descent to Bourg Saint Maurice features both open high-speed sections and a series of technical switchbacks to keep you on your toes. The final 25 kilometres of the stage can be thought of as one long climb with two short reprieves. When you reach Tignes Les Brévières, you’ll start the climb to Tignes that was supposed to be the finish of Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France, before the stage was famously cut short by a hailstorm.


Stage 3: Tignes > Alpe d'Huez / Tuesday 24th August 2021

182KM / 4,700M+

The Queen Stage of the 2021 event is our biggest ever, with a formidable and awe-inspiring collection of legendary climbs accumulating 4,700m+ over 182km. Starting with a gentle descent from Tignes, the peloton will quickly reach the base of the first climb, the Col de l’Iseran. The iconic 17km climb from Val d’Isere over the highest paved mountain pass in Europe at 2770m is well worth the effort for the spectacular views over snow capped peaks near and far. From the heights of Iseran, a 70km descent to Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne follows. It’s here you will start the next two challenges for the day, culminating in 2000m of climbing over 35km. First comes the 11.8km Col du Télégraphe. Averaging a 7.3% gradient, this French classic is the perfect appetiser for the second giant ascent of the stage, the Col du Galibier. Climbing to 2642m over 18.1km, the Galibier has been featured in the Tour de France no less than 35 times since 1947. And for very good reason. After conquering one of the most legendary climbs in the Alps - and arguably one of the toughest - pause on the descent to view the monument to Henri Desgrange, the founder of the Tour de France. The final climb to Alpe d’Huez via the Col de Sarenne is the icing on the cake for this very special day on the road and one you will never forget.

 

Stage 4: Time Trial: Alpe d'Huez / Wednesday 25th August 2021

15.5KM / 1,150M+

The 2021 time trial for the Haute Route Alps will be one for the history books. With 21 hairpin bends, climbing 1130m over 15.5km, the race to Alpe d’Huez from Bourg d’Oisans is something special indeed. The mythical road has unearthed new champions, created legends, broken countless hearts and as many bodies since it first featured in the 1952 Tour de France. It’s since become a mecca for biking and a must-do climb for cyclists all around the world. So it’s the perfect setting for the uphill time trial on our special 10th anniversary edition of the Haute Route Alps. Leaving Bourg d’Oisans one by one, riders will wind their way through the famous hairpins in an all-out blast to the top. The stakes will be high and convictions will be tested on this heroic and unforgettable stage.


Stage 5: Alpe d’Huez > Briançon Serre-Chevalier / Thursday 26th August 2021

86KM / 3,000M+

While you’ve tested your limits on the extraordinary time trial the day before, Stage 5 does not pull any punches, with two climbs reaching over 2000 metres above sea level. After a thrilling early morning descent from Alpe d’Huez, you’ll reach the foot of the immense 34km climb to the Col du Lautaret. At first following the Romanche river through the valley from le Clapier, the road soon leaves the pine forests behind for a striking open alpine landscape and climbs steadily to the col at 2058m. From Lautaret, a gentle descent to Saint-Chaffrey takes us to the next challenge for the day - and it’s a good one. While it’s only 10km to Col du Granon, half of the ascent climbs at over 10%, topping 13% at times. The Col has featured in the Tour de France just once, but provided the setting for a historic battle between Greg LeMond and his teammate Bernard Hinault. LeMond clinched the yellow jersey on the stage and didn’t let it go again, becoming the first American to win the Tour de France that year. Just like its TDF history, the short climb packs a punch, accumulating over 1000m of elevation by the finish line.


Stage 6: Briançon Serre-Chevalier > Auron / Friday 27th August 2021

140KM / 3,650M+

While the Col de l’Iseran on Stage 3 was the highest paved pass in Europe, the Cime de la Bonette is even higher and is the highlight of Stage 6. Bonette climbs to 2,802 metres, but doesn’t technically count as the highest pass because the high point is on a scenic loop, not the pass itself. The panoramic view is absolutely worth the extra metres of climbing, even after you’ve finished two big climbs in one of the toughest 2021 stages. To get to views of Bonette, you will first have a gentle warm up from Briancon to Guillestre before the climb over the picturesque summit of the Col de Vars. After a stunning descent through quaint back roads, we’ll take on the colossal climb to the highest point in the 2021 course, Col de la Bonette. Rising almost 1600m+ from Jausiers, this epic pass is like no other. With your head in the clouds, enjoy the thrilling and technical descent to Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée knowing all that’s left is the 5km climb to the finish line in Auron.

 
Stage 7: Auron > Nice / Saturday 28th August 2021

148KM / 3,200M+

Saving some of the best until last, the expedition from Auron to Nice is the perfect way to finish this special edition of the Haute Route Alps. This 170-kilometre route starts with the descent from Auron, gently down the valley road to Saint-Sauveur-sur-Tinée. The 16-kilometre climb of the Col de la Couillole starts immediately and although it averages a steady 7-8%, there are several steep ramps above 10% along the way. After the summit, you’ll enjoy a beautiful descent of some 30km to Puget-Théniers, where you’ll start the nine-kilometre climb to Col St Raphaël. The 55 undulating kilometres from the summit of the Col St Raphaël to the summit of the Col de Vence are a picturesque and challenging tour of the narrow country roads through the Maritime Alps. Take in the final descent to the Mediterranean Sea and relish every moment of the iconic ride along the beach to finish on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. 

HR Alps 2021 Course Map

 

HR Alps 2021 Course Profile

HR Alps Profile 2021 Stage 1 and 2

HR Alps Profile 2021 Stage 3 and 4

HR Alps Profile 2021 Stage 5 and 6

HR Alps Profile 2021 Stage 7

 


 

INFO from 2020:

 

A CLOSER LOOK AT EACH STAGE 

 

Stage 1: Megève – Megève (Côte 2000) 

110KM / 3,000M+

Stage 1 of Haute Route Alps 2020 is a classic loop that features stunning views of Mont Blanc from several angles, and finishes with a finale up to the airport atop Côte 2000. Starting from the Palais des Sports, you’ll cruise gradually downhill for 10 kilometres before reaching the foot of the Col des Aravis. Loaded with enthusiasm and fresh legs, the peloton’s pace on the first climb of the week will be high, but remember this is just the first climb of four today, and many more for the week! Following a fast descent, you’ll immediately head up, passing through small villages to reach the summit of the 12-kilometre Col de la Colombière. Enjoy the descent and climb over the easier side of Col de Romme before plunging down the steep side to Cluses. From here you’ll want to find a group and work together on the 19-kilometre false flat to Sallanches. Leaving town, you’ll start the first of three climbs on small country roads that stairstep all the way through Megève to the finish line in Côte 2000.

 

Stage 2: Megève – Tignes 

109KM / 3,450M+

Following a massage, great meal, and comfortable night in Megève, the peloton will retrace the first 10 kilometres of Stage 1 before turning left to climb the Col de Saisies. Dress warmly, as you’ll be climbing in the shade, or ride faster to keep yourself warm. After a fast descent, you’ll start up the 20.5-kilometre Cormet de Roselend. The climb starts out with a few very steep ramps before settling into a steadier grade, and features a reprieve after 11 kilometres as you pass the beautiful blue waters of Lac de Roselend. Rejuvenated, you have the energy for the final 5 kilometres to the summit at nearly 2000 metres above sea level. The long descent to Bourg Saint Maurice features both open high-speed sections and a series of technical switchbacks to keep you on your toes. The final 25 kilometres of the stage can be thought of as one long climb with two short reprieves. When you reach Tignes Les Brévières, you’ll start the climb to Tignes sthat was supposed to be the finish of Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France, before the stage was famously cut short by a hailstorm.

 

Stage 3: Tignes – Serre Chevalier Briançon (Col du Galibier) 

136KM / 3,450M+

Descending from Tignes on the morning of Stage 3, the peloton will quickly reach the base of the first climb, the Col de l’Iseran. This highest paved pass in Europe at 2770 metres will get harder as you climb into thinner air, but the highest passes also provide the most expansive views! Although the true descent from the Col de l’Iseran is 13 kilometres, Stage 3 is almost entirely flat or downhill for the 73 kilometres between the summit and the base of the Col du Télégraphe. Getting in a sizable group would be beneficial after the initial descent from the Col de l’Iseran. Once you arrive in Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne, the final two challenges of the day await. First comes the 11.8-kilometre Col du Télégraphe, which is the gateway to the town of Valloire and an appetizer for the second giant climb of the stage, the Col du Galibier. Ascending to 2642 metres over 18.1 kilometres, the Galibier has been featured in the Tour de France 35 times since 1947. Pause on the descent to view the monument to Henri Desgrange, the founder of the Tour de France, and then continue to the Event Village in Serre Chevalier Briançon.

 

Stage 4: Serre Chevalier Briançon – Risoul 

72KM / 2,350M+

The iconic Tour de France climbs keep coming in Stage 4, with the ascent from Serre Chevalier Briançon to the summit of the Col d’Izoard. This 19-kilometre climb from the north side starts off with some moderately steep ramps, then offers a reprieve for a few kilometres. When you reach the village of Cervières, be prepared for the road to get steeper. The north side of the Col d’Izoard climbs through a forest, in stark contrast to the barren moonscape of the Casse Déserte on the other side. Be sure to pause for the plaques honoring legendary cyclists Fausto Coppi and Louison Bobet about two kilometres down from the summit on the south side. Following the descent and valley road after the Col d’Izoard and, you’ll arrive in Guillestre. The only challenge left is the 13km climb to the finish in Risoul, which has been the summit finish for a stage of the Tour de France and Critérium du Dauphiné. 

 

Stage 5: Risoul – Auron 

114KM / 3,250M+

While the Col de l’Iseran on Stage 3 was the highest paved pass in Europe, the Cime de la Bonette is even higher. It climbs to 2,802 metres, but doesn’t count as the highest pass because the high point is on a scenic loop, not the pass itself. The view panoramic view is absolutely worth the extra metres of climbing! Of course, to get there, you’ll first have to descend from Risoul and climb over the picturesque summit of the Col de Vars. With the highest point of the 2020 Haute Route Alps behind you, enjoy the thrilling and technical descent to Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée. If you’re not in a hurry, take a few minutes to check out the colorful town square just a few metres from the final feed station of the day. Once you’re ready to go, all that’s left is the 5-kilometre climb to the finish in Auron. 

 

Stage 6: Auron – Nice (Col de Vence) 

170KM / 3,300M+

Fuel up and get a good night’s sleep before the longest stage of the 2020 Haute Route Alps. This 170-kilometre route starts with the descent from Auron and gently downhill valley road to Saint-Sauveur-sur-Tinée. The 16-kilometre climb of the Col de la Couillole starts immediately and although it averages a steady 7-8%, there are several steep ramps above 10% along the way. After the summit, you’ll only descend 250 metres in elevation before regaining those 250 metres over 7 kilometres to the ski resort of Valberg. With the exception of a small rise, the next 43 kilometres descend from Valberg and along the Var River until you reach Puget-Théniers and the 9-kilometre Col St Raphaël. The 55 kilometres from the summit of the Col St Raphaël to the summit of the Col de Vence are a picturesque and challenging tour of the narrow country roads through the Maritime Alps. Enjoy the final descent to the Mediterranean Sea and the flat ride along the beach to finish on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

 

Stage 7: ITT Nice – Col d’Èze 

12KM / 500M+

In a departure from previous editions of Haute Route Alps, the 2020 edition will finish with a 12-kilometre individual time trial on the Col d’Èze. Despite the spelling there’s nothing “easy” about the Col d’Èze. Starting from the heart of Nice, you’ll have about 2 kilometres of flat ground to get your legs moving before a 3-kilometre section that features the steepest ramps on the entire climb, some reaching 11%. A little past kilometre 5, the climb levels off for a kilometer before rising to a steady 5-7% for about 3 kilometres. Save some energy for the final two kilometres because the climb levels off and you can pick up a lot of speed before two short uphill kicks close to the finish line. Congratulations, you’re an Haute Route Alps Finisher!

 


 

From Years Past

INFO on the 2019 Course:

A CLOSER LOOK AT EACH STAGE 


STAGE ONE: 
Megève – Megève (Côte 2000) 
97km / 2600m+Start the week with incredible views on the highest mountain in Europe. Throughout the first stage you will be able to see the Mont Blanc from the summit of each climb

 
The first stage of the Haute Route Alps sets the scene for what is in store as riders test their legs on a challenging loop around Megève. Some climbs will be featured for the first time in this event, including Le Bettex (used as a summit finish in the 2016 Tour de France) and the Plateau d’Assy, but the climbs welcome you to the week gently. A brilliant way to start the week, with each summit offering incredible views of the highest mountain in Europe, the Mont Blanc. 
 

STAGE TWO: 
Megève – Courchevel (Col de la Loze) 
123km / 3,300m+ 
 

Starting from Megève again, riders don’t have long to warm their legs up before they are climbing again with the notorious Col de Saisies first up on the menu. After a thrilling descent, riders cruise through a valley before tackling the final two climbs of the day. After the smaller Montagny there’s a short descent before climbing all the way to the finish. With 3300m of climbing over 123km, the day ends with breathtaking panoramic views of Mont Blanc atop the newly tarmaced road which is open for the first time this season at Col de la Loze, above Courchevel.
 

STAGE THREE:
Courchevel – Alpe d’Huez 
144km / 4,600m+ 

 
There will be a some nervous but excited riders on the startline ahead of Stage Three, as they prepare for over 4,600m of climbing over 144km. This is a legitimate Tour de France stage, in terms of distance, mountain passes, and total elevation gain. After a downhill rollout, riders first climb the Col de la Madeleine. Take advantage of the two flatter sections of the climb for some respite, and enjoy the descent past the monument to Henri Desgrange – the creator of the Toru de France. Next up is the giant of the 21.3-kilometer Col du Glandon. Again there’s a short respite in the middle, but the last 3 kilometers are 10%+. Riders should enjoy the long descent and valley road, and fuel up for the grand finale up the 21 switchbacks of Alpe d’Huez!
 

STAGE FOUR
Alpe d’Huez – Serre Chevalier Briançon (Col du Granon) 
80km / 2,700m+ 

 
After waking up in the morning atop Alpe d’Huez, riders warmup with a cruise over to the summit of the Col de Sarenne and a descent to Lac du Chambon. Riders will enjoy a few tunnels on the gradual but tough climb up the Lauteret, but instead of turning left to head up the Col du Galibier, riders continue over the Lauteret summit and descend to Serre Chevalier before turning off the main road to a summit finish on the Col du Granon. The Col du Granon was only used by the Tour de France once; it was the summit finish on the day Greg LeMond took the yellow jersey from Bernard Hinault in the 1986.
 

STAGE FIVE 
ITT Briançon – Col d’Izoard 
19km / 1200m+ 

 
Starting from the town of Briancon, riders will set off one by one down the ramp for a 19-kilometer time trial to the summit of the renowned Col d’Izoard. Read more about the history of this iconic climb in this article from Grimpeur Magazine.
 

STAGE SIX 
Serre Chevalier Briançon – Pra Loup 
104km / 2300m+ 

 
After a short but spicy time trial, and some recovery from a shorter day on the bike, the sixth stage starts again from Briancon. After a rolling start, the first major challenge of the day comes with the ascent over the Col de Vars, followed by a long descent before the short but tough climb to the summit finish in Pra Loup.
 

STAGE SEVEN A
Pra-Loup Saint-Étienne de Tinée (68km, 1650m+) 


The first stage will essentially be an uphill drag race from the valley after leaving Pra Loup to the summit of the Cime de la Bonette. Rising to 2802m above sea level, the Cime de la Bonette is the highest point that riders will reach all week and the highest paved road in Europe. Following an untimed descent, riders will cross the finish line in St-Etienne de Tinée and be greeted with a full feed station and recovery area as they wait to start Stage Seven B. 


STAGE SEVEN B 
Saint-Etienne de Tinée - Nice (125km / 2100m+)

 

Heading off for the start of stage 7B from St-Etienne de Tinée, the second part of the day features a more rolling stage over several rolling climbs as riders head into the outskirts of Nice. The final part of the stage will reveal the Mediterranean Sea in the distance before making their way through Nice and along the seafront to finish on the Promenade des Anglais.
 

The standings for the week will be based on 8 results over 7 days, and the overall winners will be rewarded at the closing ceremony in Nice on the evening of August 31st.

 

Information from the Haute Route Alps 2019

Stage by Stage:

760KM, 20,450M D+

 

Event Village: Saturday 24th August 2019: Megeve

 

Stage 1: Megève - Megève (97KM, 2,600M+) PLUS +8km to village
Cols: le Bettex 1,348m / Plateua d'Assy 1,090m / Côte de la Provence 920m / La Cry 1,158m / Côte 2000 1,495m

 

Stage 2: Megève - Courchevel (123KM, 3,300M+) PLUS +8km to village
Cols: Saisies 1,660M / Montagny 1,048m / Loze 2,347m 

 

Stage 3: Courchevel - Alpe d'Huez (144KM, 4,600M+)

Cols: Madeleine 2,000M / Glandon 1,924m / Alpe d'Huez 1,850m

 

Stage 4: Alpe d'Huez - Serre Chevlaier (Col du Grannon) (80KM, 2,700M+) PLUS +12km to village

Cols: Lautaret 2,058M / Col du Grannon 2,413m

 

Stage 5: TT Briançon - Col d'Izoard (19KM, 1,200M+) 

Col: Col d'Izoard 2,360m

 

Stage 6: Serre Chevlaier - Pra Loup (104km, 2,300M+)

Cols: Pallon 1,120m / Vars 2,109m / Pra Loup 1,650m

 

Stage 7a: Pra Loup - Saint-Etienne de Tinée (68km, 1,650M+)

Col: Cime de la Bonette 2,802M

 

Stage 7a: Saint-Etienne de Tinée - Nice (125km, 2,100M+)

Col: Saint Martin 1,503m

 

HR Alps Profile 2019

 


 

Information from the Haute Route Alps 2018

Stage by Stage:

787KM, 20,650M D+

 

Event Village: Saturday 25th August: Megeve

 

Stage 1: Megève - Megève (111KM, 2,900M+) 
Cols: Aravis 1,487M / Colombière 1,618M / Romme 1,291M / Domancy 790M / Côte 2000 1,495M

 

Stage 2: Megève - Col du Télégraphe (157KM, 3,650M+) 
Cols: Saisies 1,660M / Madeleine 2,000M / Télégraphe 1,566M

 

Stage 3: Valloire - Les 2 Alpes (107KM, 3,750M+)
Cols: Galibier 2,642M / Sarenne 1,999M / Les 2 Alpes 1,652M

 

Stage 4: Les 2 Alpes - Saint-Véran (111KM, 3,250M+) 
Cols: Lautaret 2,058M / Izoard 2,360M / Saint-Véran 2,030M

 

Stage 5: TT Guillestre - Risoul (14KM, 900M+) 
Col : Risoul 1,865M

 

Stage 6: Risoul - Auron (112KM, 3,200M+) 
Cols: Vars 2,109M / Bonette 2,715M / Auron 1,691M

 

Stage 7: Auron - Nice (175KM, 3,000M+) 
Cols: Couillole 1,678M / St Raphaël 876M / Vence 963M

Alps Profile 2018

Haute Route Alps 2017 Stage by Stage:

Event Village, Sunday 20th August: Nice

Stage 1, Monday 21st August: Nice – Pra Loup (173km, 3,700M+)
Stage 2, Tuesday 22nd August: Pra Loup – Col du Granon (127km, 3,700M+)
Stage 3, Wednesday 23rd August: Serre Chevalier – Alpe d’Huez (112km, 3,200M+)
Stage 4, Thursday 24th August: ITT Bourg d’Oisans – Alpe d’Huez (15.5km, 1,100M+)
Stage 5, Friday 25th August: Alpe d’Huez – Megève (182km, 4,500M+)
Stage 6, Saturday 26th August: Megève – Morzine (145km, 3,400M+)
Stage 7, Sunday 27th August: Morzine – Geneva (140km, 2,600M+)

 

Haute Route Alps 2017 Cols and Ascents:

Stage 1: 

Cols: Ascros 1,160m / Cayolle 2,326m / Pra Loup 1,592m

Stage 2: 

Cols: Vars 2,109m / Izoard 2,360m / Granon 2,413m

Stage 3: 

Cols: Lautaret 2,058m / Sarenne 1,999m / Alpe d’Huez 1,850m

Stage 4: 

Ascent: Alpe d’Huez 1,860m

Stage 5: 

Cols: Glandon 1,924m / Madeleine 2,000m / Saisies 1,650m

Stage 6:

Cols: Epine 987m / Colombière 1,618m / Joux Plane 1,700m

Stage 7: 

Cols: Encrenaz 1,433m / Ramaz 1,619m / Feu 1,117m / Moises 1,121m

HR Alps Profile 2017

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