Haute Route - Mavic Rockies 2017

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As of April 2017

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Please email us:

info@twowheeltours.com.au

 

Boulder - Colorado Springs

Ten Day Fully Catered Package:

Friday 23 June - Sunday 2 July 2017

 

Eight Day Fully Catered Package:

Friday 23 June - Friday 30 June 2017

 

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

 

Seven Day Race:

Saturday 24 June - Friday 30 June 2017

Very Limited Number of Exclusive Places On Our Fully Catered Tour 

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The inaugural Mavic Haute Route Rockies, a multi-day cycling event for amateurs, will be held in 2017. The Haute Route and industry-leading cycling manufacturer Mavic are joining forces to bring the World’s Highest and Toughest Cyclosportive to the Rockies. 

 

twowheeltours will continue its alliance with OCSport and offer a Fully Catered Package for riders competing in the  cyclosportif. We cannot wait to offer our clients the best possible service as they ride through the most spectacular mountain scenery in the heartland of American road cycling.

 

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.

  

We also offer a NON RIDING partner program - one of our staff members will take you to cultural and architectural highlights of the region then meeting up with the riders after each stage at the best local restaurants.

 

The event will feature seven stages, including one time trial, covering the most iconic mountain roads in the region. Competitors can expect to cycle above 3,000m in places and ride across limited sections of gravel and dirt road during some stages.  Approximately 15% of the course will run on un-paved roads. Riders will still be able to be negotiate the stages on a standard road bike fitted with 25mm tyres.

 

The 600 riders will pass through some of Colorado’s most sought-after resorts forming the cornerstones of the 875km route (550-mile), that features more than 16,000M+ (52,000ft) of climbing over seven timed and ranked stages, the event promises to truly test some of the world’s most committed amateur riders.

 

Mavic is the Title Partner in a joint enterprise to expand the Haute Route Cycling Series to the most dramatic, remote and challenging cycling terrain in North America.

 

The Haute Route Mavic Rockies will follow a similar format to the Haute Route Alps, Haute Route Pyrenees and Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps – widely regarded as the pinnacle of amateur cycling in Europe.

 

Riders can expect a level of technical and logistical support usually reserved for the professional peloton, drawing on the expertise of Mavic and Haute Route organisers OC Sport.

 

We can add any number of extra nights pre-tour at St Julien in Boulder or post-tour at The Mining Exchange in Colorado Springs - please contact us for more information. 

 

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? 

 

Rockies Tour Information

Rockies Details

Mavic Haute Route Rockies 2017 Stage by Stage:

 

Friday 23rd June: Registration in Boulder

Stage 1 : Saturday 24 June : Boulder – Boulder (112km, 1,900M+ / 69 miles, 6,280 feet)

Stage 2 : Sunday 25 June : Boulder - Winter Park (129km, 3,300M+ / 80 miles, 10,880 feet)
Stage 3 : Monday 26 June : Winter Park – Avon (153km, 2,000M+ / 95 miles, 6,630 feet)
Stage 4 : Tuesday 27 June : Avon – Avon (Individual Time Trial) (17km, 650M+ / 11 miles, 2,060 feet)
Stage 5 : Wednesday 28 June : Avon – Snowmass Village (164km, 2,700M+ / 102 miles, 8,850 feet)
Stage 6 : Thursday 29 June : Snowmass Village – Crested Butte (170km, 3,000M+ / 106 miles, 9,970 feet)
Stage 7 : Friday 30 June : Colorado Springs – Colorado Springs (70km, 1,400M+ / 44 miles, 4,590 feet)

 

Mavic Haute Route Rockies 2017 cols & ascents:

Stage 1: 

Sunshine Canyon 2,849m / 9,338ft

Stage 2:

Magnolia Drive 2,501m / 8,205ft, Central City Pkwy Climb 2,712m / 8,898ft, Berthoud Pass 3,446m / 11,307ft

Stage 3: 

Cottonwood Pass 2,713m / 8,901ft, Trough Road 2,500m / 8,202ft, Wolcott 2,510m / 8,235ft

Stage 4: 

Mountain Star 2,584m / 8,478ft, Wildridge 2,646m / 8,681ft

Stage 5: 

Battle Mountain 2,792m / 9,161ft, Tennessee Pass 3,177m / 10,424ft, Independence Pass 3,687m / 12,095ft

Stage 6: 

Sopris Creek Road 2,474m / 8,117ft, McClure Pass 2,669m / 8,755ft, Kebler Pass 3,050m / 10,007ft

Stage 7: 

Gold Camp Road 2,275m / 7,464ft

 

Mavic Haute Route Rockies 2017 in numbers:

Total distance: 815km / 507 miles

Cols & Ascents: 16 - 14 of which are above 2,500m 

Total Ascent: 15,000m / 49,260ft

Highest col: Indepedence Pass 3,687m / 12,095ft

Marathon stage (Stage 6): Snowmass Village – Crested Butte (170km, 3,000M+ / 106 miles, 9,970 feet) 

 

HR Rockies profile 2017

8 through 10 Day Packages

All packages include:

 

  • Haute Route Race Entry
  • All accommodation, pre / post and 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
  • Please contact for shared accommodation

  

We can add any number of extra nights pre-tour at St Julien in Boulder or post-tour at The Mining Exchange in Colorado Springs - please contact us for more information.

Rockies 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

 

St Julien - Boulder

St Julien (4 star) is an upscale spa hotel located 0.7 miles from the University of Colorado Boulder Campus and centrally located, just a 5-minute walk from the Pearl Street Mall entertainment area. 

 

The polished rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, Italian linens, 4-poster beds and minibars, plus views of the mountains or downtown. They also have bathrooms with designer toiletries and walk-in showers.

 

There's a lap pool, a whirlpool, a fitness center and a full-service spa with 12 treatment rooms (surcharge).

 

For those on the 10 day tour, we will be based here for three nights accommodation.

 

The Mining Exchange - Colorado Springs

The Mining Exchange (4 star) is a stately and upscale hotel. The refined rooms feature high ceilings, exposed-brick accent walls and granite desks. All rooms have free WiFi, iPod docks, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers. 

 

With towering granite walls crowned by elaborate embellishment, this boutique hotel is a superb fusion of historic architecture and contemporary accommodation. The building stands out, being built in 1902 as the stock exchange for local mining companies. The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel & Spa offers a one-of-a-kind experience in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. A great place to end our tour.

 

For those on the 10 day tour, riders will have two nights accommodation.

Haute Route Rockies 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. 

 

Will the event change course each year like the EU HR events? 

Yes, since 2011 the organisers have altered the course in EU 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. 

 

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, one night 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 10 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 10 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 10 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. Youtube clip on how to box your bike.

 

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 Toolcase 

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. 

  

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 the US is not the same as 'home'. 

 

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.

  

Sports Nutrition

Everyone has their favourites nutrition companies. Please bring along what you are happy with. Please remember that some host villages may 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 - from HR EU events - for HR Rockies this information is TBC

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 local and State police to secure the strategic crossings. An “end of race” vehicles will close the race. All riders must respect the traffic laws:

 

  • 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 completed 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. 

 

What is it like, Riding on Gravel?

The information below is from the HR Website:

 

RIDING GRAVEL

10/03/2017

 

The Mavic Haute Route Rockies will bring a brand new challenge for Haute Route riders – Gravel roads. We spoke to Haute Route Ambassador and Colorado local, Colby Pearce to get his insight into what it’s like to ride on gravel. 

 

Haute Route – Hi Colby, are you as excited as we are about the new Mavic Haute Route Rockies coming in June?
Colby Pearce – Hi guys, yes absolutely. I can’t wait to welcome the event in my backyard; everyone is going to love the roads in Colorado!

 

HR – Great! And as you mention the roads, we wanted to ask you about the famous gravel roads. What’s the surface like? 
CP- The surface is great; I love being able to mix it up with riding on paved road. In general, dirt roads ride a bit slower than paved roads as there is a bit more friction. You notice this mostly in the steeper sections and when there is more of sandy texture rather than hard packed dirt.

 

HR – Are you able to ride these roads on a standard road bike?
CP – Absolutely, all the roads on the Mavic Haute Route Rockies can be ridden on a standard road bike. However, do consider your equipment when preparing your bike, most riders prefer a compact or semi-compact gearing setup and a slightly wider tire than usual.

 

HR – Does the uneven road surface lead to more punctures? Or increase the risk of any other mechanical issues?
CP – This often depends on the rider, inexperienced riders who aren’t used to riding on uneven surfaces may have more punctures as they learn to float over the rough terrain. You can offset this by riding wider tires with high pressures, and obviously practice dirt riding in training as well. There is no ‘right answer’ when it comes to tire pressures, adjustments can be made to trade off comfort and traction. The mantra for riding on dirt is ‘heavy on the pedals, light on the saddle’ – this allows the bike to float beneath you and avoids putting pressure on the tires when passing over rocks/bumps/holes. Dropped chains is the only other mechanical issue I can think of when it comes to riding on gravel, this is the same though for cobble riding and riding on uneven paved roads. 

 

HR – What is the surface like when it rains? 
CP - This depends on a few factors, heavy rain can turn the surface into a thick clay texture that can seriously slow you down. However, as the saying in Colorado goes, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes”. Rainstorms rarely last for long periods (touch wood!), so if the skies do open up, just gear down and power through it.

 

HR – Does the gravel surface make it harder to ride uphill?
CP – Gravel can make steep climbs challenging, but this is only an issue if you get out the saddle and lose traction on the rear wheel. The best way to negotiate these sections is to stay seated and grind it out.

 

HR- What are your top tips for bike handling in descents? We know this is cause for concern for many European riders.
CP – Being conscious of technique is vital in descents, I recommend people focus on the following basics: 1. When cornering, focus your weight on the inside hand and outside foot. This helps lever the bike over and drive the tread into the dirt to increase traction. 2. Angle the bike more than your body. This means you should push the handlebars slightly away from you and let the bike ‘dive’ into the corner. This requires practice and can feel unnatural to road riders, but watch any experienced off road rider and you will see this technique used. 3. Fore-Aft weight should be approximately 55% Front and 45% Back, this helps you prevent the wheels from sliding out and needing Sagan-like bike handling skills to stay upright. 4. Float over the saddle by focusing your weight on your feet and hands. This helps you be responsive to the surface beneath you. 5. Always think ahead. Anticipating what is to come will help you adjust your speed and line to the conditions around you. 6. Adjust your braking distances to the weather. Rain obviously increases braking distance, so when you are on gravel don’t hesitate to ‘ride the brakes’ a little to help clear the water from your rims, there is no risk of overheating here due to the water on the rims. 

 

HR – Would you suggest any modifications to bike setup to accommodate the Gravel roads?
CP – This depends on how aggressive your bike setup is usually, I would suggest you to go with a setup that allows you to remain comfortable for the 4-6 hours in the saddle each day. Consult a fitting specialist in your area if you want personalised advice.

 

HR – Any final recommendations for riders riding in the Rockies for the first time?
CP – The smart play for the Rockies event is to go for wider tires, 25mm or even a 28mm if your bike has the clearance. Don’t use the super-lite tires the pros use in flat road races, try and get an armoured tire casing if you can. Then obviously there is also the weather; on any given day you can expect everything from sunburn to hypothermia. Bear in mind the high altitude of the climbs, the unpredictable weather means you have to be ready for anything, Always ride with a jacket and gloves in your pockets, these can prove invaluable and save your ride if the weather turns sour.

 

HR – Thanks Colby, I think we have covered enough ground here to quash any concerns inexperienced gravel riders may have. Looking forward to seeing you in Boulder on the 24th of June!
CP – Thanks guys, see you in June!

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