Haute Route - Alps 2017

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As of May 2017

To be placed on our wait list:

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Nice - Geneva

Ten Day Fully Catered Package:

Sunday 20 August to Tuesday 29 August 2017

 

Eight Day Fully Catered Package:

Sunday 20 August to Sunday 27 August 2017

 

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

 

Seven Day Race:

Monday 21 August to Sunday 27 August 2017

Very Limited Number of Exclusive Places On Our Fully Catered Tour

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For twowheeltours - the Haute Route Alps has sold out for the past five years!

 

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 the 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 and tour manager who rides the course with our riders. 

 

twowheeltours has been associated with the Haute Route since its inauguration

  

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 to BACK - Domomites + Alps + Pyrenees – we have had clients do the double in 2013 + 2014, five clients attempt the triple in 2015 and four clients attempt the triple in 2016  ... in 2017 we have two clients who are doing the Quad, that is all three EU events PLUS the HR Mavic Rockies!

 

twowheeltours the ONLY tour operator who has been to each and every Haute Route since 2011.

 

Are you up to the challenge? 

 

 

 

Alps Details

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

8 Day Package
  • Haute Route Race Entry
  • One night Pre Haute Route in 4 or 5 Star Accommodation
  • 7 nights Fully Catered during the race
  • Luggage logistics 
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Massages
  • Staff on course at rest stops
  • Mechanical assistance
  • Laundry
  • Single Occupancy
  • More details listed in the Haute Route FAQ Tab
  • Depart after Stage 7
  • Please contact for shared accommodation

 

Would you like a 9, 10, 12 day package? We can also arrange that, we can be as flexible as you need. Contact info@twowheeltours.com.au for more information.

10 & 11 Day Packages
  • Haute Route Race Entry
  • Two nights Pre Haute Route in 4 or 5 Star Accommodation
  • 7 nights Fully Catered during the race
  • Two nights Post Haute Route in 5 Star Accommodation
  • Luggage logistics 
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Massages 
  • Laundry
  • Single Occupancy
  • More details listed in the Haute Route FAQ Tab
  • Please contact for shared accommodation

  

Would you like a 9, 10, 12 day package? We can also arrange that, we can be as flexible as you need. Contact info@twowheeltours.com.au for more information.

Alps Accommodation 2017

Start and Finish Hotels

We pride 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

 

Beau Rivage - Nice

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

 

Le Richemond - Geneva

The beautiful le Richemond (5 star) is set on the banks of Lake Geneva, overlooking the famous Jet d’Eau, with the snow-capped Alps in the distance, the historic Le Richemond is one of the most prestigious hotels in Geneva.

 

All rooms are decorated in a contemporary style and equipped with a unique individualised heating/cooling system, LCD flat-screen television, wi-fi, in-room safe, minibar and luxury bathrooms. The rooms enjoy views over the peaceful Brunswick Gardens or Lake Geneva.

 

twowheeltours continues to stay at this amazing hotel during all of our tours when we pass through Geneva.

 

This is best place to finish your the Haute Route Alps tour in 2017.

 

7 le richemond outside7 le richemond inside

Haute Route FAQ

What staffing does twowheeltours provide?

We have been fortunate enough to be at all HR 7 day events since 2011, that is all of them. We take pride in making sure all our riders need to do is focus on the event. We have our own masseur, mechanic, bag logistic manager and tour manager who 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 and to keep the Haute Route classification as the 'highest and toughest cyclo-sportif in the world'. 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 Italy, Switzerland, France and Spain has on offer.

 

Guide Book for the Haute Route 2017

Haute Route Guide Book 2017

 

What will your Haute Route day will look like?

  • Wake up between 0400 and 0600 - depending on the stage start time
  • Breakfast between 0430 and 0700 - depending on the stage start time. All breakfasts are included
  • Leave your bags at the reception. twowheeltours staff will transport the bags to our next hotel and place it in your room
  • 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 twowheeltoursstaff 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 on Stages 1>6
  • Massages and hot showers 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 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

  • Full Haute Route cycling kit including a jersey, knicks and arm-coolers
  • Hundreds of Marshals along the route and at intersections
  • Motorcycle escorts, many of whom have assisted at the TdF in years past  (1 escort for every 15/17 riders)
  • 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
  • Mavic Mechanical support during the race and at the villages
  • Timing and tracking system, see how fast you got to the top of all the cols
  • For your bike and for identification you will receive a personalised frame plate and two 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 but we will have our own briefing at the hotel
  • Closing party held at the finishing city
  • A medal for each finisher
  • A finishing jersey if completed in the specified times
  • A personalised certificate to download

 

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

  • Secure bike park at each finish village
  • Hot showers 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 travel bag with wheels and a ‘race day’ pack - these are not necessary to keep as you will be able to use your own bag and we will have a mussette for you at the finish line each day.

 

Official Guide - maps - route details:

All riders receive, in the mail, the Haute Route Official Guide - below is an example from 2016 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 you with all land based transfers from the closest airport / train station / your hotel in the host city, two nights pre and two nights post race in top level accommodation (four or five star), best possible accommodation during the race, 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 back pack / musette from twowheeltours to be used for these bags. In this 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.  Or if you have an Apple Product we can Air Drop.

 

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:

 

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 Stage 7 - ie Geneva to Venice 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.

 

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.

 

How hard is the Haute Route?

It is hard, no doubt about it, there is a reason why it is called the 'Toughest and Highest Cyclo-Sportives in the World'. 

 

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

 

Forty-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.

 

I think I need a training program?

The best suggestion is to contact three different coaches who we regularly use. That way you can see who you like the best, their methods, outlook etc.  All are good people and please tell them twowheeltours sent you. In no particular order their contact details are:

 

Matt la Borg +61 438 463 636 thebikedoctor@outlook.com Based in Sydney

 

Geoff Nash +61 404 060 469 geoff@colabcoaching.com.au Based in Sydney

Geoff has written an in-depth paper on a riders power from the Haute Route Dolomites - CLICK HERE for the paper.

Geoff Nash 

Nick Marshall nick@trainedinfrance.com Based in Nice but from Australia. Nick's coaching business is known as ’82 Breathing Analysis & Coaching’ - 82 being the lowest O2 saturation safe to train at. The goal of 82 Simulated Altitude Training (SAT) is to improve sports performance using reduced breathing volume while at rest and during sports training. Reduced breathing exercises have two effects: 1) An improvement in muscular efficiency in low oxygen environments (i.e. mountains over 1500m of altitude), and 2) Reduced lactate build-up due to an improved blood-oxygen release (using the lactate paradox).

 

Lee Rodgers leerodgers202@gmail.com Based in Taiwan/Hong Kong but from Australia

 

We also have an affiliation with Alpine Cols who are the Official Coaching and Training Partner for the Haute Route. How will they be able to help?

 

  • Train better: come to the Haute Route at the peak of your form, with the skills to excel
  • Race better: with the support of an Alpine Cols coach, achieve a higher place during the event itself
  • Contact Marvin Faure for more details.

AlpineCols logo What is the difference between the 8 and 11 day tours?

The only difference is 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 11 day riders. During the rest of the race/tour you will be at the same hotels as the other clients, eating at the same restaurants, laundry every second day 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 10 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 you if you would like to come in two nights before the race or spend the night after Stage 7. 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, Canada, Japan, South Africa, America, France 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. For those on 11 day tours, pre and post race you will stay in top level accommodation. 

 

Wifi - Internet Access

Our hotels all have internet, the majority have it in rooms but once in a while you may need to access it from the lobby. 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. LINK

 

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.

 

Which bike box should I use?

How long is a piece of string, sorry but there are SO many out on the market it is amazing, each year there seems to be something new and improved. Polaris do some very good models - LINK or Scicon Bags - LINK or there is the Helium one which gets great reviews - LINK 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. With a rather substantial amount of cyclists on our tour we highly recommend and encourage that you the cyclist be able build and break down your bike. We will be there to assist with any issues.

 

Help will be there if necessary

 

To assist you in building your bike there will be a BBB Toolcase Tool Kit including:

  • BTL-05 Nautilus II - Chain rivet tool.
  • BTL-10 HighTorque - Pedal wrench.
  • BTL-11 TurnTable - Freewheel turner.
  • BTL-12S LockOut - Lockring remover.
  • BTL-13 Hexagon 8mm - Hex key.
  • BTL-13 Hexagon 10mm - Hex Key.
  • BTL-14 PowerPull - Crank pulley.
  • BTL-15 Turner II - Spoke wrench.
  • BTL-17 ToothBrush - Cassette cleaner.
  • BTL-25 ConeFix 13mm - Cone wrench.
  • BTL-25 ConeFix 14mm - Cone wrench.
  • BTL-25 ConeFix 15mm - Cone wrench.
  • BTL-25 ConeFix 16mm - Cone wrench.
  • BTL-25 ConeFix 17mm - Cone wrench.
  • BTL-28 ThreeStar - Hex key wrench.
  • BTL-29 ThreeStar - Socket wrench set.
  • BTL-32 BoldGrip - Chainring nut wrench.
  • BTL-33 BottomFix - Lockring remover / bottom bracket tool.
  • BTL-37 EasyLift - Tire levers.
  • BTL-51 ChainChecker - Chain wear checker. 

 

There is also a 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 my bikes. Note, some airlines do charge for excess baggage while others do not. Make sure you weigh your bike before you get to the airport. It is also highly recommended that you check prices and the fine print for excess luggage (ie bike bags) 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. Mavic is associated with Haute Route and they will be able to assist where needed but 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 role does Mavic Play?

Mavic provides 5 staff, in a fleet of 5 yellow cars, which follows the peloton throughout every stage of for each 7-day journey. During the event, technicians in cars - or at fixed service points - will ensure rapid repairs in the case of any mechanical problems.

 

Other info on what to bring can be found here in our packing list.

 

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 our mechanical work.

 

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 20+ kms, that can be around 2 hours of going up. Most of our clients have a compact at the front and 11-28 with some having a 32 on the rear. 

 

Insurance + cycling licence

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

 

As Haute Route is classified as a 'race' it can be difficult to get insurance. Most insurance companies ONLY cover 'races' if they are by foot.

 

For Australians, twowheeltours can recommend www.velosure.com.au - 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. 

 

Swimming in Europe 

The majority of swimming pools in Europe have a rule that swimming shorts are banned with 'speedos' being required. They state this because of health and hygene reasons. Please make sure you pack your speedos so that you can enjoy a swim after your hard earned ride.

 

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. The food in Europe is not the same as 'home'. The food in Italy is different to that in Switzerland, Spain and France. 

 

As we offer Fully Catered tours we supply you with breakfast and dinner. The race organisers supply you daily with lunch during the tour. 

 

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.

 

If you are a vegetarian please note that being in Europe it is very difficult to get enough protein and we highly recommend that you bring your own supplements. We have had some clients who have mentioned that getting enough protein was much harder than they had imagined.

 

Sports Nutrition

Everyone has their favourites nutrition companies. Please bring along what you are happy with. Below we list what you will find at rest stops. If you are hoping to purchase supplements along the way please remember that most host villages are VERY remote and most likely will not have what you want. 

 

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; Ham; Cheese; Coke or cordial; Water; Overstims Energy powder; Overstims Energy bar; Overstims Energy gel - 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.

 

Here is some more information on the  Overtims products which will be available to you at feed stations throughout the Haute Route.

 

Sweet or savoury, liquid, solid or gel, Overstims energy products are designed to support you on the most intense and difficult climbs. It is highly recommend you try the products before the event. On offer will be:

 

Liquid Coup de fouet gel

Liquid Red Tonic gel

Liquid Energix gel

Liquid antioxidant gel

 

Fruity energy bar (apricot)

Cranberries-white chocolate bar

Amelix bar (orange)

Savoury bar

 

Hydrixir Sports drink (lemon, mint, peach, red berries)

Recovery drink (chocolate, vanilla)

 

To find out more about OVERSTIM.S products visit: www.overstims.com

 

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 Carabinieri, the Gendarmerie, or Mossos to secure the strategic crossings. An “end of race” vehicles will close the race. All riders must respect the traffic laws of the countries crossed:

 

  • 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.

 

Bags for clothing and Bike Bags

Haute Route gives you a 120L roller bag. You can collect them at registration. As twowheeltours will be transporting your bags daily you do not have to use their bags but it is a nice memento. We are will supply you with luggage tags for all your bags. We expect that you will travel with a maximum of three bags. If you are travelling before/after the tour we are more than happy to transport a bag and not deliever it to your room each day. 

Bike bags will be transported from the start village to the end, you will NOT see that bag till the end. They are transported by the race organisers.

 

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 7 had days of cycling, back to back etc. 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 every second day. 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.

 

 

You will receive a Haute Route cycling kit which all riders are encouraged to wear on the first and last day.

 

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. It is not mandatory to cycle in the Haute Route race kit but they appreciate you wearing it on the first and last day. 

 

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 complete some twowheeltours paper work.

 

You will also be required to complete the online-entry from OC Sport.

 

 

Paper work

We require you to sign a waiver from twowheeltours. You will also be required to complete a medical form from OC Sport - this form will need to be completed by a Certified Doctor and stamped by him. This is MANDATORY, if you do not have this you will NOT be able to race. 

 

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. Please remember that some of the finish villages are not very big and a small transfer may be necessary to get to the hotel/start line.

 

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 (non refundable - NR). This payment can be made via Pay Pal. You DO NOT need to have a Pay Pal account to make this payment. The details of the other payments will be outlined on your invoice.

 

 

How do I make the remaining payments?

These are best made via direct deposit. This information will be supplied to you via email with your Invoice.

 

Can I pay via credit card?

Yes this is possible. Payments can be made Pay Pal - MasterCard or Visa ONLY. There is no fee for the initial deposit but each further transaction attracts a 3.75% fee.

 

Tracking

The Haute Route organisers continue to do a fantastic job of tracking riders with various apps and other breaking technology. This allows people 'back home' the ability to follow your progress.

 

What wheels should I bring?

Over the years we have ridden the Haute Route with the aluminium wheels, fitted with clincher tires.

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