Haute Route 2017

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Haute Route Guide Book 2017


The dates for the 2017 Haute Route:


Haute Route Mavic Rockies 2017

Boulder to Colorado Springs

10 Day Tour Dates

Friday 23 June - Monday 2 July

Race Dates

Saturday 24 June - Friday 30 June 2017


The first ever week of Haute Route racing in North America features a total of 815 kilometres (507 miles) of riding in the spectacular setting of the Rocky Mountains and 15,000 metres of climbing (49,260ft). 


The week of seven timed and ranked stages includes 16 ascents, 14 of which are above 2,500 metres of altitude. Among the classic ascents are Independence Pass, Kebler Pass and Berthoud Pass, all of which are above 3,000 metres. The climbs are generally not as steep as typically found in the European Haute Route events and 20% of the distance will consist of hard packed dirt roads.


Chandler Smith, the Mavic Haute Route Rockies Race Director, said: "The Rockies are simply stunning and we have chosen some classic climbs that we feel sure will test and enthrall our competitors. The climbs may not all be the consistent 8-10% gradients seen in Europe but they will reward the sort of steady determined riding that has always typified Haute Route competitors."

"Highlights during the week will undoubtedly include the highest climb - Independence Pass – while Magnolia Drive, which is the steepest with some ramps at 16%, will also surprise the riders", he added. "On top of this, any section of dirt road will be memorable, especially the jaw-dropping beauty of Trough Road and Sopris Creek Road."


The week features two, two-night stays to simplify logistics, the first of which is at Boulder where stage one offers a 112km (69 miles) loop back to the official start village, taking in the climb of Sunshine Canyon which tops out at 2,846 metres (9,336ft) on the way.


After that relatively easy first stage, things hot up on day two as the peloton makes its way from Boulder to Winter Park on a 129km (80-mile) stage dominated by two big climbs – Magnolia Drive and then Berthoud Pass which summits at 3,446 metres (11,307ft).


Stage three from Winter Park to Avon is longer with three climbs but with less ascent than the day before.


Then comes the Individual Time Trial on day four around Avon which, unusually for the Haute Route, consists of two climbs in Mountain Star and Wildridge on a 17km (11-mile) route with a total of 650 metres or 2,060ft of ascent.


After a second night in Avon, the toughest part of the week begins as the riders tackle stages five and six which feature long distances and three big climbs each. Stage five from Avon to Snowmass Village is 164km (102 miles) and is dominated by Battle Mountain, Tennessee Pass and Independence Pass, the summit of which marks the highpoint of the week at 3,687 metres or 12,095ft.


Stage six is even longer at 170km (106 miles) and on the way from Snowmass Village to Crested Butte, the peloton will tackle the highest percentage of hard packed dirt on any one day with 38% of the distance made up of dirt roads. However these can still be ridden comfortably on a standard road bike.


Riders then transfer from Crested Butte to Colorado Springs, the finale is a 70km (44-mile) loop from, and back to, Colorado Springs with just the Gold Camp Road climb to negotiate before finishing in the incredible surroundings of Garden of the Gods Park where the inaugural Mavic Haute Route Rockies peloton can enjoy the satisfaction of having completed a phenomenal week of racing. 


Haute Route Pyrenees 2017

Anglet to Toulouse

11 Day Tour Dates

Friday 11 August - Monday 21 August

Race Dates

Sunday 13 August - Saturday 19 August


Unlike previous events the 2017 Haute Route Pyrenees features only four race villages over seven days of fully-timed and ranked racing. That means two nights in Pau from where stages 2 and 3 will be based, and three nights in Bagnères-de-Luchon, from where stages 5, 6 and 7 will begin.


On the road the course includes climbs of established classics like Tourmalet, Aubisque, Peyresourde and the Port de Balès, but adds a new challenge in the form of the Col du Portillon, a classic in professional racing. Also new is what promises to be a superb Individual Time Trial from Bagnères-de-Luchon to the ski station at Superbagnères.


This fifth edition of the Haute Route Pyrenees will be a true test for some of the world's most committed amateur riders. It is also a course that will suit riders looking to enjoy an unforgettable week in one of Europe's most iconic and beautiful cycling regions.


The riders will travel a total of 910 kilometres and climb 19,300 metres during seven days. 


Haute Route Alps 2017

Nice to Geneva

10 Day Tour Dates

Sunday 20 August - Tuesday 29 August

Race Dates

Monday 21 August - Sunday 27 August


The 2017 edition of the Haute Route Alps – the founding event in the European Haute Route multi-day cyclosportive series – is set to feature the most climbing in its seven-year history.


This will be another classic week of fully timed and ranked cycle racing from Nice to Geneva. It is perhaps the best blend so far of hard days on the bike, classic Alpine climbs and race villages set in some of France's most famous ski resorts.


With 22,200 metres of climbing, HR Alps riders will climb some new ascents for the first time. For the Individual Time Trial, riders will depart from Bourg d'Oisans and ride up the famous Alpe d'Huez, one of the most famous tests in cycling.


The 2017 Haute Route Alps begins on August 21 in the elegant Mediterranean resort of Nice as it has done for the past two years. Stage 1, riders will begin their 896-kilometre journey to Geneva with a tough opening stage to Pra Loup that includes three big cols, amounting to 3,700 metres of ascent.


Stage 2 from Pra Loup to the Col du Granon is a cracker with three challenging climbs in the Cols de Vars, Izoard and then a summit finish on Granon.


Stage 3 is almost as demanding, as the peloton makes its way from Serre Chevalier to Alpe d'Huez via the Lautaret, the Sarenne and the climb to Alpe d'Huez itself.


Then comes the Individual Time trial before the riders tackle Stage 5 to Megève. This is the Queen Stage featuring 182kms on the road and 4,500 metres of climbing with the three classic summits on the agenda – the Glandon followed back-to-back by the Madeleine and then the Saisies. 


Stage 6 takes the peloton for the first time in the Haute Route Alps to the elegant ski resort of Morzine on a day that will dominated by the challenges of the Col de la Colombière and Joux Plane. From Morzine the peloton heads to Geneva but the last stage is also far from a pushover with four climbs in total, three of which are new to the event.


Haute Route Dolomites 2017

Innsbruck to Venice

11 Day Tour Dates

Thursday 31 August - Sunday 10 September 

Race Dates

Saturday 2 September - Friday 8 September


This is the fourth edition of the Haute Route Dolomites and for the first time it will start in Innsbruck. The race then makes its way to Venice by way of a spectacular and challenging course that covers 812 kilometres of road, and with 20,000 metres of vertical ascent.


The key climbs include the majestic Timmelsjoch and the Monte Giovo, an Individual Time Trial up the Passo delle Erbe, the Passo San Pellegrino and two ascents of the mighty Passo Fedaia.


Another bonus is that the new route offers three two-night stays for riders, reducing the logistical challenge of the week dramatically. 


The Haute Route Dolomites sets off from Innsbruck on Saturday September 2 with a 113km loop back to its starting point, featuring 2,900 metres of climbing.


Stage 2, from Innsbruck to the Valle Isarco is the Queen Stage of a tough week with 176kms on the road and a formidable 4,200 metres of climbing including the Timmelsjoch and the Passo di Monte Giovo.


After a slightly easier Stage 3 dominated by the Passo di Pennes, the Individual Time Trial follows on Stage 4, a 17km ascent of the Passo delle Erbe from the west, rising 1,100 metres with an average gradient of 6.5% and a maximum of 11%.


Stage 5 is another relatively short one at 113km but it includes a total of 3,900 metres of ascent made up of a second ascent of the Erbe – this time from the north – and two iconic climbs in Italian cycling the Passo Pordoi and the Passo Valparola. 


There is no let-up on Stage 6 as the peloton completes a 103km loop based at the beautiful ski resort of Canazei via the Passo Fedaia and the Passo san Pellegrino. Then comes the final challenge, a long Stage 7 from Canazei to the charms of Venice, with the Passo Fedaia once more on the agenda alongside the San Boldo Pass. 




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