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The Haute Route is the first global series of multi-day cycling events for amateurs allowing competitors to experience what it’s really like to ‘ride like a pro’. Whether it’s in Colorado’s Rockies, the French Alps, Alpe d’Huez, the Pyrenees, Ventoux or the Italian Dolomites, these are the highest, toughest and most prestigious amateur cycling events in the world. Each edition features timed and ranked stages with professional-level event organisation including medical teams, mechanical support, rolling road security, film crews and, of course, massages.
Haute Route heads to American soil for the very first time. Riding through one of the USA’s cycling heartlands, you’ll spend most of your days in the company of Colorado’s “Fourteeners” (Mountains over 4267m/14,000ft), which offer amazing wild and rugged scenery unlike anything in Europe. Starting in Boulder the route climbs on some of the state’s best known mountain roads, many soaring above 3,000m in altitude (10,000 feet), before finishing in Colorado Springs 7 days later. Interest in this new event is extremely high; therefore book now to avoid disappointment.
European 3 day events
Inspired by the success of the seven day Haute Route series, two new events offer amateur cyclists the chance to enjoy all the key attributes of Haute Route but over a shorter time. Haute Route Alpe d’Huez and Haute Route Ventoux are both based in one location for three days, simplifying logistics, meaning you can stay in one hotel therefore you will no longer have to pack your bags before each stage (this hopefully brings the added benefit of having longer in bed) and making it easier to bring along your own supporters club.
Haute Route Alps, Pyrenees and Dolomites.
If you would prefer to discover Europe’s roads and have a week to spare. Join us on one of the three established events. Haute Route Alps is now in its 7th edition, Pyrenees in it’s 5th and Dolomites 4th. Covering some of the most-renowned terrain in world cycling, you will push yourself to your physical and mental limits. Hundreds of riders from around the globe, representing more than 50 nationalities, take part in the Haute Route. Each stage is timed and ranked, with overall rankings published at the end of each event (including age, team and gender classifications). Riders can enter as individuals or as teams of up to nine, and a few exceptional riders take on two events (Iron Riders) or all three (Triple Crown Riders).
Haute Route is Hard. We make it a little easier.
We realise that racing an Haute Route is a big commitment for any rider, therefore we provide support in addition to that provided with a standard entry, allowing you to concentrate on maximising your performance. On all of our Haute Route packages we offer you ideally located hotels, airport transfers, daily transfers for you and your bike to and from hotels, additional food stops, secure bike storage at each hotel, a Sports Tours International Santini cycling jersey, additional private mechanical support, assistance points along the route, private race briefings and transport for none riding friends and partners.
Jim Cotton raced the Haute Route Pyrenees last year with Sports Tours International and had very nice things to say about our Rep Roy.
“I’d spoken to Roy from Sports Tours, one of the most friendly, passionate and keen to help reps I’ve met and asked that I have pre-filled bidons at the feed station at the top. The descent was timed and I knew I could gain some time here. However, I also knew I’d need fluid after around two hours of racing. Sports Tour do a service where you give them a bag of whatever you may require at certain points in the race, which you then pick up at the feed station.
So atop of the Tourmalet, I found Roy, threw my empty bidons at him, grabbed my fully filled 3rd and 4th bottles, stuffed some solid food into my face, and within 15 seconds I was off again. It sounds silly, but doing this massively helps if you’re racing. If you stop, park your bike then fight through the feedstation frenzy to fill up your bottle, you lose maybe 3 – 4 minutes, and the mind switches off. To not have to even get off the bike and keep the mind engaged massively help, Roy was ace at making this a smooth process. A great soigneur…”
We don’t think it sounds silly Jim, because just like the Professional Grand Tours, the difference between placings can easily only be a few seconds!
Read Jim’s full; blog here.
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