Haute Route 2013
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The race organisers of the 2013 Haute Route have once again SOLD OUT
In August and September of this year there will be two races, the Haute Route Alps and also the Haute Route Pyrenees. twowheeltours offers an 11 Day Fully Catered Tour in combination with the race. Making sure that all the riders have to do is to ride their bike on this once in a life time adventure.
Clients will stay in five-star luxury pre and post event - Geneva - le Richemond, Nice - le Negresco, Barcelona - Grand Marina Hotel or Biarritz - Sofitel Thalassa Miramar. While on tour we will be staying in the best accommodation available - more info click here Alps and/or Pyrenees.
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.
The concept of the Haute Route, as a multi-day cyclosportive, remains unchanged for 2013 – a 7 stage amateur race, timed and open to all, across the toughest and the highest courses in the world.
Are you are 'tough enough' to consider racing back to back in the Alps and Pyrenees events – this is now known as the ‘Iron Package’ - we already have clients booked for both ... are you up to the challenge?
Both events in 2013 – the Haute Route Alps and the Haute Route Pyrenees – feature 800km of cycling, with 20 cols and over 20,000 meters of ascent in one week. Each event includes multiple stage formats, incorporating a ‘Marathon Stage’ and individual Time Trial, with riders conquering iconic mountain cols and discovering new lesser-known climbs amongst the most stunning scenery of each region. The ‘Iron Package’ combines the two events providing the ultimate challenge, and 30 intrepid and strong cyclists have signed up for so far. The Alps will depart Geneva and arrive Nice seven days later. For the Pyrenees, the course will be from the Mediterranean to Atlantic coast – and a similar intensity to the version you know well in the Alps.
The Route for the Haute Route Alps 2013
• 85% of the course is new! The organisers of the Haute Route Alps, OC Sport, have unveiled a truly exceptional course for 2013. In this third year, the Haute Route Alps (18-24 August 2013) will again traverse the entire length of the mythical French Alps, with amateur cyclists racing over 866km distance, with 21,000m of vertical ascent.
• With 7 timed stages, the Haute Route Alps is the highest and toughest cyclosportive in the world. 600 riders from 35 countries will cycle via 7 world-renowned host venues: Geneva, Megeve, Val d'Isere, Serre Chevalier, Pra Loup, Auron and Nice.
• 19 legendary cycling climbs have been carefully chosen including the Joux Plane, the Cormet de Roseland, the Iséran and the Izoard. 2013 will also feature the return of the infamous Cime de la Bonette, this time as an individual time trial!
The 7 Haute Route 2013 stages are:
Stage 1, Sunday 18th August: Geneva to Megeve (149km, 3300m D+)
The Route for the Haute Route Pyrenees 2013
• The event organisers, OC Sport, are proud to announce a truly exceptional course for this first Haute Route Pyrenees. Combining 750km cycling distance with 20,300 metres vertical ascent, and crossing 19 challenging Pyrenean mountain cols (in Spain and France). The route includes the well known climbs of Pla de Beret, Peyresourde, Aspin, Tourmalet, Hautacam, Soulor and Aubisque.
On 31st August 2013, the race village, located on Barcelona’s Mediterranean shores, will mark the starting point of the Haute Route Pyrenees. One week later, 500 riders from over 27 different nationalities, will celebrate the end of their epic cycling journey in Biarritz, beside the rolling waves of Atlantic Ocean. Between the sea and ocean, with 2 stages in Spain and 5 in France, the peloton will be welcomed in Solsona, La Seu d’Urgell, Vielha, Bagnères-de-Luchon, Argelès-Gazost and Pau with open arms and supportive cheers.
Haute Route Pyrenees is very comparable with the Haute Route Alps: 750km over 7 consecutive days, 20,300m altitude gain, and with 19 famous cols and ascents to climb. The Haute Route Pyrenees journey starts with 2 stages in Spain, crossing the Catalan Pyrenees before riders pedals over the Franch border for the remaining 5 days of the race. The 2013 route offers a truly varied challenge, with 7 timed stages in the following formats: 5 ‘classic’ stages (averaging 110km with 2 or 3 main climbs), 1 ‘marathon’ stage (133km with 4 cols and 4000m vertical ascent) and 1 ‘time trial’ stage (Hautacam).
The main entry ballot for the 2013 Haute Route Alps and Haute Route Pyrenees has closed, once again, early.
33 nationalities are represented to date amongst the new entries including riders from Ukraine and Mexico – two new nationalities for 2013. Both events have 90% male riders signed up so far and 10% women. Mariah Leblanc from the USA was the first female rider to register for the Haute Route Pyrenees and Brigitt Becker from Germany was the first woman to sign up for the Haute Route Alps. The average age for riders in the Haute Route Alps is 43 years and for the Pyrenees, 44. The youngest competitors registered to date are 18 year-old Wim Gerbeauer from Germany in the Haute Route Alps and 25 year-old Trevor Court from South Africa taking on the Haute Route Pyrenees; and the oldest – 70 year-old Guy Wengler from Luxembourg in the Alps and 71 year-old Victor Leroy from Belgium in the Pyrenees.
30 strong amateur riders have opted for the 'Iron Package' to take on both the Alps and the Pyrenees back to back with just one week separating the two events – the Haute Route Alps takes place between 18th to 24th August and the Haute Route Pyrenees from the 1st to 7th September.
twowheeltours already has a number of clients who have signed up for the Iron Package - are you up for the challenge?
During each event, the riders will face 800km, 20 cols and more than 20,000 meters of ascent in one week. British climber Kenton Cool, who has conquered Everest 10 times, participated in the 2012 Alps edition and discovered it was just as hard as climbing Everest, and he has now entered the Haute Route Pyrenees in 2013.