Training Camp : Bright VIC

Haute Route Logo Nov 2019

 

Reach New Heights

Join twowheeltours for the

Official Haute Route Training Camp : Bright

In the Victorian High Country 

Thursday 24 November > Sunday 27 November 2022

 


 

10% Off For Haute Route Alumni

See FAQ for Full Details

 

Bookings Open

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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.

 

We ask you to book ASAP so that we can continue to plan.

 


 

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The area of Bright in Victorian Snowy Mountains is a fantastic location for a training camp. Our riders will experience the sublime roads of the region including Mount Buffalo and the Alpine National Park including Falls Creek, Tawonga Gap, Hotham and Dinner Plain - all rides are designed to build up your base.  We are also offering shorter options on each day.

 

Riders will be centrally located in Bright (319m above sea level) for the four days. In November the minimum & maximum temperatures are 8C / 24C with an average of 7 days of rain. Our accomodation is just a stones throw from town centre and post rides you will be able to head into town to grab a coffee or beer at the famous Bright Brewery.

 

 

On the tour we will have a designated cycling coach, who will provide each rider with tips and tricks covering training programs, skills and overall knowledge about cycling preparation.  

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The training camp will be run to the highest professional level. There will be nothing to worry about except riding your bike and recovering for the next day. Our rides will be supported by our team car, carrying food, drink and extra clothing. Then at night, we will eat at some fantastic local restaurants and reminisce about the day’s efforts. 

 

Come away and test your fitness and enjoy a cycling holiday. 

 

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WHY PARTICIPATE IN THE CAMP?

 

  • Get away and ride in the mountains and get that Haute Route feeling

  • A true Haute Route Experience, without the race element
  • Accommodation at the Bright Motor Inn or Centenary Peaks Townhouses
  • Learn from our highly qualified accredited cycling coach
  • Get away and enjoy a cycling holiday
  • Fantastic dinners and first round of drinks each night
  • Bright is just 6:45 hours drive from the Sydney and 3:45 from Melbourne
  • There are SHORT and LONG rides on offer for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday

  • Total KM & Elevation for the Training Camp :
    • LONG : ~425km with ~7,500m elevation
    • SHORT : ~300km with ~5,500m elevation
  • Support vehicle, mechanic and guides
  • Ride hydration and CLF Bar nutrition included
  • Have a weekend away and bring your family even if they are non-riders
  • Support small towns and businesses
  • Come with your mates or meet some new riders
  • Never done a Haute Route before? Come and learn more about these amazing events
  • 10% off for Haute Route Alumni Riders - see Tab Package Price for more information

 

WHY RIDE IN RURAL TOWNS?

 

  • These towns have struggled through COVID and fires, let's get out and explore.
  • Come, stay and pedal through small towns while supporting cafes, restaurants and hotels.

 

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TESTIMONIAL : HAUTE ROUTE TRAINING CAMP : BRIGHT

 

The trip was yet again a standout piece of organisation from twowheeltours. Everything, and I mean everything, runs seamlessly. From the rides to the nutrition, the guides, the off bike support, the evening dinners, the planning for the following day. It comes together impeccably every single time. The best bit (on top of all the above) is the personalities involved. Will and his team are friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, fun and genuinely interested in building relationships. It's always sad to say good bye at the end of a trip. Fortunately, there is always a next time.

Dave

Haute Route Training Camp Bright November 2021

 

For more Testimonials - CLICK HERE

 

 

What To Bring : Haute Route Training Camp

 

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 - for our full recommended pack list click here.

 

All Riders MUST BRING on the RIDES:

 

Clothing for mountain conditions/riding

2x Tubes

2x Canisters

1x C02 head

4x Water Bottles (filled) - 2 on bike + 2 in support vehicle

Tyre levers

1x Garmin (or similar) with the course downloaded

Ride specific food

1x musette for your gear - placed in the support vehicle

Phone

Money &/or credit card

1x Rear Flashing Light

In your musette : 1x derailleur hanger

2x bottles

Extra clothing i.e. gilet / arm warmers / gear for wet weather etc

 

All riders are required to signed our e-waiver before the tour - LINK

 

There will be a support vehicle on each ride.

 

FAQ : Haute Route Training Camp

 

What does twowheeltours cover?

Accommodation and the following meals : all breakfasts from Friday to Sunday : all dinners and first round of drinks from Thursday to Saturday.

 

We will have ride guides, mechanics - including pumps, tools etc and support vehicle during the tour. 

 

Riders will also have access to sun cream, specific ride hydration and nutrition. 

 

-- Want to spend extra nights pre &/or post tour? No problem, we can organise this. Just mention it on your booking form. 

 

What is not included in the tour price?

Insurance

Lunches

Hire bike

Massages

Café stops

In-room charges

Costs to get to and from the start location

   

How do I prove that I am an Alumni & received 10% off?

When you book we will be in touch via email. To prove that you have ridden a Haute Route before, you may need to send through a photo or similar to show your participation in any Haute Route. 

 

COVID-19

We continue to assess the Global COVID-19 Crisis. We remain positive and we will continue to monitor the situation.

 

We will keep all our riders who have booked with us up to date with regular updates.

  

If you have not registered for the tour, we ask you to book ASAP so that we know how many riders are wanting to join us and so that we can continue to plan.

  

What type of roads will be we be riding on and what type of a bike is suitable?

A standard road bike is suitable for this tour. Country road surfaces can be 'dead' so we recommend larger volume tires i.e. 25mm. 

 

The terrain is mountainous, we will be riding a compact with an 11-32 tooth cassette.  

  

What is the longest ride of the camp?

~+130km with ~+2,500m of climbing. See the Itinerary tab for more details on our agenda. Full details will be emailed to riders once they have booked.  

 

Are there shorter options available? 

Yes, on each ride there is a shorter option. There is also a support car on each ride.

 

Do I have to ride each day?

There is no problem with missing one of the rides. You can ride as much or as little as you would like.

 

What staffing does twowheeltours provide?

We have been runnings tours since 2009 and know what riders need and expect. We will have a Tour Manager, driver and ride guides / mechanics on tour. 

 

Strava links & GPX Files

A two weeks before the tour, riders will receive the web links to the rides so that they can download the GPX files. On the links, riders will be able to see the elevation gains and total km's.

 

RIDERS MUST DOWNLOAD the GPX Files to their own Garmin device (or similar) and be familiar with the courses as they are NOT signposted. 

 

What will the tour look like? 

We are not planning on getting up at 6:00am to ride as early as possible. On these camps we want you to explore and cycle the country-side. 

 

  • 0630 and 0700 Wake up 
  • 0630 and 0730 Breakfast - continental breakfast in your room - included and supplied by twowheeltours
  • 0730 twowheeltours mechanic, tools, pumps, and sun cream will be available 15 mins before the ride departs near reception
  • Drop your musette(s) with twowheeltours staff. You will see those bags again at designated rest stops and at the ride finish. In those bags you can put nutrition, extra clothing and/or leave clothing
  • 0745 Depart 
  • Our support vehicle will be roaming during each ride. In our vehicle will be First Aid, sun cream, water, fruit, your musette(s), tools and pump
  • 1130 and 1600 Finish rides between  
  • Lunch* on your own 
  • 1830 Meet at the designated restaurant for dinner where a nightly briefing will be held

 

* At own cost // Note : the above is all weather dependant

 

What Riders should BRING on each ride:

2x Tubes

2x Canisters

1x C02 head

4x Water Bottles (filled) - 2 on bike + 2 in support vehicle

Tyre levers

1x Garmin (or similar) with the course downloaded

Ride specific food

1x musette for your gear - placed in the support vehicle

Phone

Money &/or credit card

1x Rear Flashing Light

In your musette : 1x derailleur hanger

2x bottles

Extra clothing i.e. gilet / arm warmers / gear for wet weather etc

 

Bad Weather

There is one thing we cannot change and that is the weather. If there is severe weather, a decision will be made either the night before or the morning of the ride(s) to cancel or alter the route(s).

  

How hard is the riding going to be?

This is not a camp where we are planning on 'smashing' out each ride as fast as possible. Rides will be in bunches and we will offer short and long rides. The courses are FAR from 'flat', expect a lot of climbing on each ride.

This is a training camp not a race. We strongly recommend that riders take it easy on the first full day.

 

A high level of endurance is required to complete all these rides. Before the camp, riders are encouraged to have completed multiple rides of 100 km or more in length with a minimum of 1500m climbing. Also having completed two long rides on successive days. 

 

PLEASE NOTE : riding in a bunch does not count. Get your nose into the wind and consider a long ride to be 4.5 to 6.5 hours of moving time.

  

If riders wish to have a day off or head out on their own using their own GPS device, that is more than okay. 

  

What level of rider do I need to be?

RIDERS MUST BE FIT TO ATTEND THE CAMP. 

 

THIS IS NOT A CAMP FOR BEGINNERS. 

 

These rides are difficult in nature and in remote areas, we HIGHLY recommended that riders have an Intermediate to Advanced level of riding experience to complete the rides. There are long climbs and descents which are fast, steep and technical. 

 

We expect that riders can ride back to back +100km days and be able to ride for 100km without needing to stop. 

 

We also expect that riders can ride in a bunch situation.

  

Is there a minimum speed average?

We can split the rides into at least two groups, and there will be SHORT and LONG rides on offer on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday rides. 

 

Do 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.

 

We like to encourage riders with the fact 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

  

Want to spend extra nights pre &/or post tour?

No problem, we can organise this. Just mention it on your booking form. 

  

Tools and other equipment

twowheeltours has a mechanic on tour plus we have a full tool kit which you are welcome to use if you prefer to work on your own bike. 

 

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

Relax, shower and head out to lunch* or sit in a café* and talk to other riders, take a nap, rehydrate and/or grab a massage*. There is generally a reasonable amount of time to relax before dinner.

 

* At own cost 

  

What should I bring on each ride and what should I pack?

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 rides you will need to be somewhat self sufficient, riders will be asked to carry a tube, levers and an air canister. There can be long sections where there will be NO phone reception.

 

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 available and bike shops are close to the accomodation.

 

Each rider must be prepared for mountain conditions & temperatures, and not just rainy weather. This area can have four seasons in a day, riders must pack:

 

Hardshell helmet

Long sleeve thermal jacket

Full finger winter gloves

Thermal overshoes

Leg warmers/leggings

 

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

 

Other jacket choices are:

PEARL iZUMi Interval Amfib Cycling Jacket

Attaquer All Day Rain

Gore Stretch

Castelli Perfetto 

 

What is the average temperature in November? 

8C / 24C with an average of 7 days of rain. 

 

Clothing

It is recommended that riders bring 4 sets of cycling clothing. 

 

For dinners - 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.

 

Is there gear that I HAVE to wear?

You can cycle in whatever gear you would like, we recommend that you bring cycle clothing that you have ridden in before.

 

Bike servicing and washing

All riders, pre tour, should have their bikes FULLY serviced including, bottom bracket wear/tear, rims checked, new tires, inner tubes, brakes and cables. 

 

We have mechanics on tour. All riders will be able to use our tools for any of your needs. There is NO charge for our mechanical work but if extra parts are needed riders will be charged as necessary.

  

Gearing

We will have riders on standard and compact crank set ups.  We will be riding a compact with an 11-32 tooth cassette.  

 

What wheels should I bring?

We would HIGHLY recommend that you leave tubular tires and deep dish wheels at home. 

 

Insurance

Riders should have their own insurance which covers all aspects such as medical, flights, bike damage etc. 

   

Meals 

Dinners will be hosted by twowheeltours each night and we will visit a variety of local restaurants, who are expecting hungry cyclists. We also cover the first round of drinks each night.

 

twowheeltours will supply our riders with continental breakfast supplies for your room. 

 

Diet - Food on Trip

Travelling away from home is always an adventure. 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

We will have ride specific bars & gels (most likely CLIF products) on tour.  Everyone has their favourite nutritional companies. Please do not hesitate to bring along what you are happy with and what you trust.

 

Feel free to contact our Sports Dietitian, Chloe McLeod, who we use to help guide our clients for smarter eating on such events - more information click here

  

Safety

Roads are NOT closed to traffic. Riders must obey all road rules and respect the traffic laws:

 

  • To cycle on the left hand side of the road, at ALL times
  • To respect all road signs and traffic lights
  • To respect other road users who are not involved in the tour
  • To wear your helmet at all times

     

I have booked spot on the tour, what next?

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

  

Paper work

We require you to sign a waiver from twowheeltours.

 

Accommodation & Location

Please see the Accommodation tab for more details. We are staying within walking distance to the restaurants.

 

Non-riding partners

If your partner would like to join you, no problem. They can join us for meals and spend a day in the support vehicle if they would like. Please contact us for more details info@twowheeltours.com.au 

 

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.  

 

Do you take Credit Card?

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.

 


 

FAQ : Sharing a vehicle to get to the start of the camp  

twowheeltours is more than happy to assist with this request. Please email us on info@twowheeltours.com.au so that we can help to organise your transfer up with another rider who may be driving.

 

Flights

You are to book your own flights.

 

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.

 

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. We 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 trouble transporting your bike on airlines?

In many years of traveling with a bike, there have never been any issues with boxing and flying with our bikes. Note, some airlines do charge for excess baggage while others do not, it also depends on your status with your airline. We highly recommend that 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.

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Full Itinerary : Haute Route Training Camp Bright

 

Thursday 24 November 2022

Make your way to Bright Victoria

  

2:00pm Check-in & meet the twowheeltours staff 

 

2:00pm Mechanic on duty 

 

2:45pm Depart on first welcome ride

 

SHORT : Stats: ~67km // ~1,341m ascent // ~2:40 hours @ ~25 kph

Bright > Echo Pt > Bright 

 

D1 Short Bright Echo

 

LONG : Stats: ~84km // ~1,727m ascent // ~3:30 hours @ ~25 kph

Bright > Buffalo > Echo Pt > Bright

 

D1 Long Bright Mt Buffalo  

7:00pm Dinner at local restaurant 

 


 

Friday 25 November 2022

From 7:00am breakfast available

 

7:30am Mechanic on duty 

 

7:45am Depart on Ride Two

 

SHORT : Stats: ~90km // ~1,849m ascent // ~3:40 hours @ ~25 kph

Bright > Tawonga > Bogong > Tawonga > Bright

 

D2 Short Bright Bogong

 

LONG : Stats: ~120km // ~2,777m ascent // ~4:50 hours @ ~25 kph

Bright > Tawonga > Falls Creek > Tawonga > Bright

 

D3 Long Bright Dinner Plain

 

6:30pm Dinner at local restaurant 

 


 

Saturday 26 November 2022

From 7:00am breakfast available

 

7:30am Mechanic on duty 

 

7:45am Depart on Ride Three

 

SHORT : Stats: ~106km // ~1,955m ascent // ~4:15 hours @ ~25kph

Bright > Mt Hotham > Bright

 

D3 Short Bright Mt Hotham

 

LONG : Stats: ~131km // ~2,465m ascent // ~5:15 hours @ ~25kph

Bright > Mt Hotham > Dinner Plain > Bright

 

D3 Long Bright Dinner Plain

  

6:30pm Dinner at local restaurant 

 


 

Sunday 27 November 2022

From 7:00am breakfast available

 

7:30am Mechanic on duty 

 

7:45am Depart on Ride Three

 

SHORT : Stats: ~38km // ~630m ascent // ~1:30 hours @ ~25 kph

Bright > Tawonga > Bright

 

D4 Short Bright Tawonga

 

LONG : Stats: ~110km // ~1,291m ascent // ~4:25 hours @ ~25 kph 

Bright > Tawonga > Ovens > Bright

 

D4 Long Bright Ovens

 

12:00pm Tour Concludes 

 


 

Strava Links with the GPX files will be emailed to all riders two weeks before the weekend

 

Rides subject to change depending on weather

Accommodation : Haute Route Training Camp Bright


Bright Motor Inn Welcome

 

We are offering great accomodation at Bright Motor Inn.

 

We can organise twin share or queen rooms in the Motel or at the Centenary Peaks Townhouses which is on the same property.

 

The location is quiet and close to the heart of Bright, within easy walking distance to restaurants, street cafes, the Bright Brewery and other speciality stores in town.

 

The Motel rooms are all on ground level making it easy access. There is lots of space to spread out post ride and there is a guest laundry available.

 

Bright Motor Inn Motel Room

 

The rooms have air-conditioning, flat screen TV, fridge and microwave plus free WI-FI. 

  

Below is a picture of the townhouses.

 

Bright Motor Inn Apartments

 

4 Day Package and Price : Haute Route Training Camp Bright

 

Price

ALUMNI Four Days : Motel Accommodation

$1,395 twin share 

$1,515 single supplement : Queen Room

 

NON Alumni Four Days : Motel Accommodation

$1,530 twin share

$1,665 single supplement : Queen Room

 

ALUMNI Four Days : Luxury Townhouse Accommodation

$1,800 - triple occupancy : Two Bedroom

$1,950 - double occupancy : Two Bedroom

$2,300 - single occupancy : One Bedroom

 

NON Alumni Four Days : Luxury Townhouse Accommodation

$1,965 - triple occupancy : Two Bedroom

$2,115 - double occupancy : Two Bedroom

$2,465 - single occupancy : One Bedroom

 

Non Rider $475

 

See FAQ Tab for Inclusions and more details

 

Final payment is due 24 September

 

How do I prove that I am an Alumni & received 10% off?

When you book we will be in touch via email. To prove that you have ridden a Haute Route before, you may need to send through a photo or similar to show your participation in any Haute Route.

 

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

 

Make sure you have appropriate fitness.

Dave - 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

 

Pack well, have the right gears on the bike and plenty of riding in your legs. if you do not have a coach then find one. Their guidance on endurance riding, interval training and recovery is well worth the cost.

Ian - 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! Don't burn all your matches on that first day.

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

 

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+61 430 121 776

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