Haute Route Mexico 2019

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Start & Finish City for the Ten Day Tour : Mexico City

10 Day Fully Catered Package: 

Sunday 13 October - Tuesday 22 October 2019

 

twowheeltours will be offering some reconnisance and exploration rides before the event in a village close to Mexico City. We will follow a similar program to what we have offered in the past for other tours such as Haute Route Norway and Ride Across Portugal. This way riders can have a real experience and a taste of Mexico before the three day event. We will also have an extra day in Valle de Bravo after the event before heading back towards Mexico City.

 

Race : Valle de Bravo Mexico {2.5 hours from Mexico City}

Three Day Race:

Friday 18 October - Sunday 20 October 2019

 

Costings for Riders and Non Riders : see tab below PACKAGES & PRICE

 

Very Limited Number of Exclusive Places On Our Fully Catered Tour 

 

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This will be the first edition of the Haute Route Mexico which is set to take place in Ocotber 2019.

 

The Haute Route Mexico, being held in Valle de Bravo region, is a three-day cyclosportive that will be based in one location and, like all Haute Route events, will feature timed and ranked racing on authorised roads for an amateur peloton of riders from all over the world.

 

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 spectacular mountain scenery in Mexico.

 

Valle de Bravo is considered one of Mexico’s pueblo mágicos (magic towns). From the pine and fir forests carpeting the surrounding hills to the gleaming Lago Avándaro. Though it’s been likened to vacation hotspots like Lake Como, Valle de Bravo offers a quintessential Mexican countryside experience entirely its own.

 

If you're going to do any 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, cars on course and tour manager who rides the course with our riders.

 

Register your interest NOW for a once in a life time experience

 

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 Haute Route Mexico will follow a similar format to the Haute Route Ventoux and Alp d'Huez events – 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 highly qualified mechanics and Haute Route organisers OC Sport.

 

twowheeltours the ONLY tour operator who has been associated with the Haute Route since 2011.

  

Are you up to the challenge?

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Packages & Price - Mexico
  • Haute Route Race Entry
  • Five nights in location TBC Pre and Post Haute Route at Top Level Accommodation
  • Four nights in Valle de Bravo during the race
  • Luggage logistics 
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Massages 
  • Mechanic
  • Laundry
  • Single Occupancy
  • More details listed in the Haute Route FAQ Tab
  • Please contact for shared accommodation
  • 10 Days AUD $7,950

  • Non Rider 10 Days AUD $4,590

 

Would you like a 9, 11, 12 day package? We can also arrange that, we can be as flexible as you need. Contact info@twowheeltours.com.au for more information.

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. 

 

What is an Infinity Pass?

twowheeltours has a limited amount of HR Infinity Tickets Available for our riders. When you book through twowheeltours, you will receive an Infinity Pass. These tickets allow you to enter AS MANY HR Events in that year.

 

The events in 2019 that twowheeltours will be attending are:

 

Oman / Rockies / Norway / Pyrenees / Alps and Mexico

 

If riders participate in another HR event, which TWT is attending, this will reduce riders payment subject to that particular tour. Riders are also able to enter in any other HR event which TWT is not attending. 

 

Some riders will purchase their own Infinity Passes directly from the Haute Route. This is not a problem. Riders are still able to join us on tour and it will reduce the total amount on riders statements.

 

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

 

Training Guide for the Haute Route 2018

Haute Route Training Guide 2018

 

What will your Haute Route day will look like?

  • Wake up between 0500 and 0600 - depending on the stage start time
  • Breakfast between 0530 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, they will be with the twowheeltours ON COURSE vehicles. 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 - from 0900 for the Time Trial
  • You will see our ON COURSE vehicles during each stage for assistance. It varies as to which rest stop they are for each stage, due to weather and the distance of the stage. At the end of each stage you will find a twowheeltours staff 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 - on offer from the race organisers. 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 from twowheeltours 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 (for your handlebars) and an official numbers to wear on your jersey
  • 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, offered by the race organisers. twowheeltours has our own briefing at the hotel
  • Closing party held at the finishing city
  • A medal for each finisher
  • A finishing shirt from the race organisers 

 

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 musettes (back pack) from twowheeltours to be on course. 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, at reception you can leave you backpack &/or musettes 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 which we move everyday. 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 to use on course. Also, we give you another bag (musette) which you can use at the other rest stops 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 bike bag from Registration to the finish village of Stage 7. Recently for the Pyrenees the start and finish village has been Pau, you bike box will stay at our hotel for the race. 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, this up to the event organisers discretion.

 

How hard is the Haute Route?

It is hard, no doubt about it, there is a reason why they used to be classified as the 'Toughest and Highest Cyclo-Sportives in the World'. The seven day events are much harder than the three day events for obvious reasons. 

 

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.

 

Is it a ride or a race?

 

The top 50, or so, riders go hard. They do not mess around, do quick rest stops, many times miss the timed rest stops and not much chatting in the bunch. Not to say that the riders from 51 to the back of the bunch do not ride hard but there is definitely a different mentality. 7 days is a long time, especially when it is your first HR. There is nothing worse than going hard on Stage 1 and cooking yourself for the rest of the week. 

 

I think I need a training program?

The best suggestion is to contact a variety of 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:

 

Justin Morris ex-pro rider for Team Novordisk - Mind Matters which offers holistic coaching programs with emphasis on the power of the mind in performance/ enjoyment. Phone +61 437 970 002 justin.morris1986@gmail.com Based in Sydney

 

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 logoWhat is the difference between the 8 and 10/11 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 10/11 day riders. During the rest of the race/tour you will be at the same hotels as the other clients and eating at the same restaurants 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 12 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, the Netherlands, Brazil 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. 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

 

I have never boxed my bike before, 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, there are SO many out on the market it is amazing, each year there seems to be something new and improved. We have used the EVOC Bike Travel Bag since 2012 - the same exact one! They have now updated to the PRO. We have used the EVOC Travel Bag countless of times for our MTB and road tours. It has NEVER had any issues, NEVER had any damages and it is easy to use. To make life a bit easier, we use the following two 'additions' - CHAIN COVER & ROAD BIKE ADAPTOR. It may take a little longer to use this bike box but once you are back at home, the bag compacts down. When boxing the bike, we would highly recommend removing the derailleur from the derailleur-tip, it takes a few extra seconds - youtube clip - but it is always better to be safe than sorry. This is a clip is by 'Computer' a Sydney mechanic, excuse his hair and finger nails, he really is a good guy! Other options are : 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. Our mechanic 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 which includes all the major tools. 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 our bikes. Note, some airlines do charge for excess baggage while others do not. We do not know the policy on each carrier but we know that United, American Airlines and Lufthansa charge for bike boxes whereas Virgin Atlantic does not so long as it is under 23kg / 50 lbs & 62” / 158cm total linear cm. Qatar / Qantas allow you to bring your bike as long as it is within your 30kg limit. Please make sure you weigh your bike before you get to the airport and it is also highly recommended that you check prices and the fine print for excess luggage (ie bike bags / sporting equipment) 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. On the TT day the first rider to go is the last positioned rider, the last rider is the #1 rider.

 

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 12:00pm 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 then eat some more, 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. We mention eat twice, you may not feel like eating but this is one of the most important things you can do at the end of each stage. Even if you finish at 4:00pm, which is 'past' your normal lunch time, you will NOT make it to dinner if you do NOT EAT.

 

Tools and other equipment

twowheeltours will have a full tool kit for your use on the tour as per listed above including track pumps - also our mechanic is there is assist with any other needs.

 

What should I bring?

It is highly recommended that riders bring tubes, mini tool, brake pads (especially for those using disc brakes!) levers etc which you would normally take on a long ride - recommended packing 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 3-5 Mavic yellow cars. They follow the peloton throughout every stage. During the event, technicians in cars - or at fixed service points - will ensure rapid repairs in the case of any mechanical problems.

 

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 our mechanic is there to help. If you so wish, 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 - they will be wiped down. 

 

Gearing

It is highly 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. The majority of our clients have a compact at the front and 11-28, this is fast changing to where a lot of our riders are arriving with 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?

This now varies from event to event. In Norway if you have an International Cycling Licence you do not need to buy their temporary cycling licence for the event. While the other events do not require you to have an event - any questions, send us an email

 

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. 

 

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 the Pyrenees is different to that in the Alps and very different to Norway and the Rockies. 

 

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

 

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; Hydration powder; Energy bars and Energy gels.

 

There are also 'light stations' - these are sometimes 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.

 

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 travel/transit/arrival forms require, please declare what you have in your bag. Lastly, please pack it in your checked luggage. 

 

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 Gendarmerie to secure the strategic crossings. An “end of race” vehicle 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 has to 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.

  

How fast is each stage, what level of cyclist do I need to be to complete the Haute Route?

There is no doubt about it, 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 do not stop for 30 mins at the rest stops, keep moving.

 

If you continue to cycle for the entire stage you will have a very good chance of completing the stage in the allotted time. The event organisers want people to finish and allowance is made for this to happen. 

 

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 twice during the tour. 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. It is up to you whether you want to wear it or not.

 

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 kit.

 

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 which you will be emailed closer to the start of the event.

 

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). 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 a transaction fee of 3.75%.

 

What wheels should I bring?

Over the years we have ridden the Haute Route with the aluminium wheels, fitted with clincher tires. Please leave tubular tires at home. If you are riding carbon wheels, please remember that if you descend for 20kms with your brakes on there is a VERY high possibility of you 'cooking' your wheels due to a heat build up. You will need to 'flutter' your brakes to let some cooling occur. 

 

For those bringing disc brakes, please make sure that you bring at least 2 sets, 4 pads in total, of brand new brake pads. 

Advice for first time Haute Route Riders

We have been lucky enough to have been involved with the Haute Route since its inception back in 2011. Since then, we have had over 150 riders from 17 countries join us on tour.  

 

Recently we have asked our clients for advice for those who are attempting their first Haute Route:

 

Take it easy the first two days

Stefan - Brazil

 

Train, train and train to be able to enjoy the HR and not suffer every day

Mike - Netherlands

 

Don't allow the physical and psychological challenge of the HR to get in the way of enjoying the wonders associated with riding a bike through some of the most beautiful natural scenery one can find anywhere

Paul - Switzerland

 

It's a 7 day race. Pace the 7 stages, save something for the end of each day and the last couple of days

Brent - USA

 

I want to say do it with an organised group like twowheeltours but in hindsight, I appreciate that my first HR was done with friends only, doing all the extra bits myself. It made me really appreciate the luxury of Will & crew and how much easier it made the stages. So my real advice to a first timer is to ask advice, from people that you know that have done it before. Even regarding travel and best routes etc. Understand all the logistically elements before you arrive, so that you can have fun in the race and don't have to sweat the small stuff either side of the stages. It makes the whole event more relaxed and enjoyable

Jocelyn - Australia

 

Find an experienced coach and ask him to make a training plan for Haute Route. If the coach has done a Haute Route or done stage racing that would be better. Spend time on training as much as you can so that you will not regret. You need to do some 6+ hour days as part of your training.
Don't care about other riders who pass you. 
Keep your pace - the Haute Route is long.
Never work too hard especially on the first day.
Don't think about the upcoming passes and stages which remain, just concentrate on the climb or descend you are facing

Kenji - Japan

Non-Riders

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

 

In conjunction with and supporting the fully catered rider’s tours to all our events, twowheeltours offers partners a very special travel experience. Our Non-Riding Partner Program is led by a multilingual guide who will take you on a cultural journey covering the following highlights:

 

                All lunches and morning/afternoon teas

                Visits to unique historical landmarks

                Walks through national parks

                Cooking classes at exceptional restaurants

                Casual riding on electric bikes through picturesque villages and landscapes

                Wine tasting and vineyard tours 

                Opportunity to customise the Program to your own interests

 

  • 11 Days €3,400
  • 10 Days €3,200

 

Please contact twowheeltours  for further information and to register your interest for this unique and exciting Program

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