Haute Route - Pyrenees 2023

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2023 Bookings Open SOON

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In 2011 twowheeltours attended the first ever Haute Route event

Since then we have partnered with the Haute Route to offer the most comprehensive packages to the 3, 5 and 7 day events

Our focus is you and your success in Reaching New Heights 



The extras twowheeltours provides for the best possible experience:

Airport Transfers, Accommodation

Massage, Mechanic

Bike Servicing, Full Board

Cars & Bags on Course, Staff at Rest Stops, Starts & Finishes

Ride Nutrition & Non Rider Partner Program


HR Pyrenees from OC 1


Reach New Heights with twowheeltours 


2022 Course Map

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The Haute Route Pyreness sold out each year

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Start City for the Tour : TBC France

Finish City for Tour : TBC France

2023 Event 

Nine Day Fully Catered Package:

Sunday TBC July > Monday TBC July 2023


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


Five Day Race:

Rego : Monday TBC July > Saturday TBC July 2023


2022 Course Profile

HR Pyrenees Profile 2022


In 2023 We Will Have Very Limited Number of 

Exclusive Places On Our Fully Catered Tour

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HR Pyrenees from OC 2


For twowheeltours - since 2013 - the Haute Route Pyreness has sold out! 


The Haute Route Pyrenees will be back in 2023. twowheeltours will continue its alliance with the Haute Route 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 in the fantastic Pyrenees, a place like no other on Earth


In 2023, riders will cycle ~TBCkm and climbing almost TBCm+ during the five day cyclosportif


The Haute Route Pyrenees epitomises the ultimate two-wheel adventure


twowheeltours offers a limited number of riders an unbelievable experience for the Haute Route Pyrenees Event


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


twowheeltours has been associated with the Haute Route since its inauguration in 2011


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 up to the challenge? 


HR Pyrenees from OC 3


Highlights for the riders

  • Opportunity to ride eight days
  • Photos from the tour
  • During the event there will be twowheeltours support vehicles on course
  • Our own mechanic and masseur on staff 
  • Amazing food
  • All bag logistics - inlcuding on course ride bags
  • Airport transfers
  • Whether you are riding or racing the Haute Route - twowheeltours will support you


Included on tour

  • Transfers from TBC Airport at the start of the tour & TBC Airport at the end of the tour 
  • Up to 8 nights and 9 days on tour - we can organise any extra nights pre / post event to suit you needs
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners 
  • Laundry
  • Accommodation in top level hotels
  • Support vehicle includes tools, pumps, cooler with drinks plus fruit and snacks




2022 Dolomites + Pyrenees Packages & Price

2022 - HR Dolomites & Pyrenees

5 Day Races : 9 Day Packages

  • Top Level Accommodation
  • Fully Catered Tour
  • Airport, Train Station or Hotel Transfers on tour days 
  • Luggage logistics 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinners plus drinks
  • Masseur on the twowheeltours staff
  • Mechanic on the twowheeltours staff
  • Staff on course at rest stops
  • Laundry
  • Single Occupancy
  • More details listed in the Haute Route FAQ Tab






  • 9 Days €4,899 INCLUDES HR Race Entry
  • 9 Days €3,550 EXCLUDES HR Race Entry
  • -€480 for twin share


  • 8 Days €4,619 INCLUDES HR Race Entry
  • 8 Days €3,270 EXCLUDES HR Race Entry
  • -€420 for twin share


  • 7 Days €4,339 INCLUDES HR Race Entry
  • 7 Days €2,990 EXCLUDES HR Race Entry
  • -€360 for twin share


  • 6 Days €4,059 INCLUDES HR Race Entry
  • 6 Days €2,710 EXCLUDES HR Race Entry
  • -€300 for twin share




  • Payment dates:

50% to confirm your place

Second Depoist, if doing more than ONE tour, due 20 December

Final payment due 20 April

All payment details are outlined on your statement 


Prices subject to change due to early bird rates


Contact info@twowheeltours.com.au for more information


2022 Pyrenees Accommodation


2022 details


Pyrenees Hotels

twowheeltours prides ourselves on starting and ending our fully catered tours in the best possible accommodation.


Further 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.


Hotel Villa Navarre

It is with great excitement that we start and finish in the same city makes for the 2018 HR Pyrenees Event. The beautiful 5 Star Villa Navarre is set on its own mature parkland of over two hectares.  The 30 bedroom hotel has views towards the Pyrénées and is one of the most historically important buildings in Pau.


Built between 1865 and 1870 by Auguste Guillemin, the Villa Navarre epitomises the golden era when the English nobility flocked to Pau and is one of the most important ‘pleasure-domes’ dating from this period. A stay at the Villa Navarre provides all the charm of a country retreat whilst allowing you to make the most of the city centre location. 


Hotel Villa Navarre Front 1   Hotel Villa Navarre Restaurant


Hotel Villa Navarre Rear   Hotel Villa Navarre Spa


During the Event: 

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  


Haute Route Pyrenees FAQ


What will twowheeltours offer besides race entry and support?

All land based transfers from the closest Main Airport &/Or closest Main Train Station &/Or Hotel in the closest Main village/city on tour days. 


Join twowheeltours during the five day event and spend night(s) either side of the event so that you are well prepared for the Haute Route Pyrenees. Come join us for our 9 day tour in combination with the five day event. We can also offer shorter tours if you would like, click the amount of days you prefer on the booking page.


What staffing does twowheeltours provide?

We have been fortunate enough to be at countless HR events since 2011. 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 will the event look like? 

This five day race will include different formats which are still to be confirmed at this stage. Riders can expect to see : classic stages, marathon stages and an individual time trial - ITT. The main stages should see riders complete ~100+km days and there will also be an  ITT. 


Guide Book for Haute Route Pyrenees 2022

All event information will be on the Haute Route Ride with GPS App. This is a fantastic addition to the event with all details available in the one location including the GPS Courses.


The Haute Route update details on the App as required.


All riders can log in with the specific code which you will receive in the month before the event.   


From years past, they printed a document and also released it as a PDF. Here is an example from the Haute Route Oman 2019 guide book - LINK.


For a blast from the past, below is an example from 2015 of what the Guide Book looked like:



Grimpeur Magazine 

In the past the Haute Route has released magazines with featured exclusive interviews, rider profiles, event previews, unique articles, guest columns and much much more. A great resource for all Haute Route riders.


February - Spring 2019                                                            Summer 2019

Grimpeur 300 Feb 2019  Grimpeur Summer 2019


Autumn 2019                                                                                 Winter 2019

Grimpeur Magazine Autumn 2019   Grimpeur Winter 2019


Spring 2020

Grimpeur Winter 2019


GPX Files

Riders will receive the GPX files before the event. We (twowheeltours) turn them into ‘ride with GPS’ files and then email them to our riders so you can see the elevation gains etc.


EG from 2018:

Stage 1

110.7km with 3,010m


What will your Haute Route Race day will look like?

  • Wake up between 0530 and 0600 - depending on the stage start time
  • Breakfast between 0530 and 0700 - depending on the stage start time. All breakfasts are included
  • 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 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
  • HR Massages 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 twowheeltours 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

  • Haute Route clothing
  • HR Marshals along the route and at intersections
  • Motorcycle escorts, many of whom have assisted at the TdF in years past 
  • 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
  • Mechanical support during the race and at the villages
  • Timing and tracking system
  • For your bike and for identification you will receive a personalised frame plate and 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 - note twowheeltours has our own briefing at the hotel
  • Closing party held at the finishing city
  • A medal for each finisher
  • A finishing shirt 
  • A personalised certificate to download


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

  • Secure bike park 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 ‘race day’ back pack 


What other support over and above that provided by the Haute Route organisation does twowheeltours offer?

We are a Fully Catered tour, we provide all land based transfers from the closest Main Airport &/Or closest Main Train Station &/Or Hotel in the closest Main village/city on tour days. 


We provide 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 musette from twowheeltours to be used for these bags. In these bags 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.  


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 and you may be on a shorter 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 the final village - ie Megeve to Nice 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. twowheeltours will be leaving your bike box during HR in Divonne-les-Bains. 


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.


Teams information for 2022

Take on the challenge together and register as a team of 4-6 members! Keep each other motivated and ride like professionals!


The aim of the game: Each team will make their own strategy to get three of their riders to the finish line as fast as possible. The ranking will be based by cumulating the times of the three fastest members.


You can register as a Team by selecting the Team option directly from your customer account, on the "registration form" section of your event.


twowheeltours can assist in supporting your team to help reach your goals with on course support, bottles on the fly etc.


How hard is the Haute Route?

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


Forty-something-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. There is nothing worse than going hard on Stage 1 and cooking yourself for the remainder of the stages. 


Timed sections

This varies each day, there is no set rule. The Haute Route try to get as much of the day’s ride as a timed section. Some days there may be a 10km neutral ‘roll-out’ from the start while other days there may be 1km, each day is different. The weather also plays a major part, if it is wet/raining etc they may cancel the timed descents for safety reasons. 


When there are non-timed descents, riders will go as fast as they can up the hill and cross the timing mat. More than likely, there will be a feed-station at the top of that climb, where the timing will stop. These feed stations are very relaxed and people ‘hang-out’ to refuel, rehydrate etc.


Then riders usually take the descent ‘easy' and many times you will find a large group waiting before the timing mat, which is generally located at the bottom of the hill/mountain. This situation happens more-so if there is a valley or long flat section. Then someone usually takes change and decides when to roll out when the group looks ’strong enough’.


If there is a non-timed descent going straight into another timed climb, people will just roll across the timing mat as they please. 


I think I need a training program?

Each rider is different. A training program certainly helps, especially when talking to a coach who has a wealth of experience and who has completed many cyclo-sportives.


We like to encourage riders that the fitter they are, the more fun they will have. 


We have a range of coaches who we highly recommend. For further details on training programs, costs etc - CLICK HERE


Riders may also be interested in reading a paper by Geoff Nash who has written an in-depth paper on a riders power from the Haute Route Dolomites - CLICK HERE for the paper.

Geoff Nash


I would like to spend more days in pre &/or post the tour

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 and 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, USA, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Czech Republic and Spain. Each year many of our riders return to do the Haute Route with twowheeltours, which is a great honour. 



All prices listed are single supplement. For dual occupancy, other than your wife, please email us on info@twowheeltours.com.au



Hotels are listed soon after the Haute Route releases the race routes. We strive to get the best possible accommodation during the race. 


Wifi - Internet Access

Our hotels all have internet. 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. We will be there to help you build your bike. 


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 for the last 4 years - 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 my bike damaged and we really like it. I also have two ‘bits’ to make life a bit easier - CHAIN COVER & ROAD BIKE ADAPTOR. It may take a little longer to use this bike but once you have done with travel the bag compacts down. When boxing the bike, we would highly recommend removing the derailleur from the derailleur-tip but that takes a few extra seconds - youtube clip - 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 or Scicon Bags or there is the Helium one which gets great reviews OR go to your LBS and get a cardboard box.


Bike Bags

Will be transported by twowheeltours to and from the train station or your hotel.


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. twowheeltours will be there to assist with the building of your bike. 


Help will be there if necessary

To assist you in building your bike there will be the required tools plus 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 and 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. 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. There is always a company associated with the event who are there to assist with mechanicals. Note, they 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 to take with you HR Oct 2019


What wheels should I bring?

Over the years we have ridden the Haute Route with the aluminium wheels, fitted with clincher tires. We would HIGHLY recommend that you leave tubular tires at home. 


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


Mandatory Haute Route Packing List

The Haute Route wants to ensure that each rider comes to the event fully prepared for colder temperatures, and not only rainy weather. In the past, some riders have shown up expecting summery temperatures and clement weather, only to almost freeze at the top of some of the cols or on some of the descents! That is why they require the five mandatory items:


Hardshell helmet

Long sleeve thermal jacket

Full finger winter gloves

Thermal overshoes

Leg warmers/leggings


The jacket needs to be ‘waterproof’ and ‘windproof’. The one which we have been using in the past Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket. We also pack a lighter spray jacket plus a gillet/vest to come away with. 


Other choices are:

Attaquer All Day Rain

Gore Stretch

Castelli Perfetto 


What role do the Roving Event Mechanics Play?

There will be around 5 staff, in a fleet of 3-4 cars, which 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 you will be able to use our tools for any of your needs. There is NO charge for any mechanical work done by twowheeltours.


Bike washing

Bikes do not need to be washed each day.  



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 15+ kms, that can be around 2 hours of going up. Most of our clients have a compact at the front and 11-32 cassette.


Travel Insurance 

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


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. As we offer Fully Catered tours we supply you with breakfast and dinner. The race organisers supply you daily with lunch during the tour. The food will be excellent, we will experience top level meals. 


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 and what you trust.


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; Coke or cordial; Water; Energy powder; Energy bars; Energy gels - 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.


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.


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 back to back difficult rides. 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 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. 


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.



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 on the HR Site.


Paper work

We require you to sign a waiver from twowheeltours. You will also be required to complete a medical form from the HR - this form will need to be completed by a Certified Doctor and stamped by them. This is MANDATORY, if you do not have this you will NOT be able to race.  You must bring it to the start of the tour.


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. 


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.



Upon booking a deposit is required, all details of payments will be outlined on your invoice.


How do I make the remaining payments?

Via direct deposit, all details of payments will be outlined on your invoice. 


Payment can be made by Square Up - Amex, MasterCard or Visa* - there are transfer fees associated with Credit Card payments. Please contact us so that we can send you an invoice from Square Up.


Advice for first time Multi-Day Events


twowheeltours has been lucky enough to have been involved with events such as the Haute Route (since 2011) and the Ride Across Portugal (since 2017) - both of their inception years. Since then, we have had hundreds of riders from +20 countries join us on cyclo-sportive tours.  


Some of the most important factors to remember:


Events like the Haute Route and Ride Across Portugal have been around for years and if this is your first multi-day, welcome to the family.


The stages are not ALL about climbs, remember, what goes up must come down and then there are all those rolling hills plus flat sections where teamwork is an advantage!


Make sure you have done some bunch riding.


Also, make sure you have done some riding in the rain. Nobody likes getting wet but there is always the chance that a stage may be a damp one.   


At the end of each tour, we ask our clients for advice for those who are attempting a multi-day cycling event:


If you're into the technology, Garmin climbpro, plus a power meter and knowing your numbers makes the climbing a lot less stressful and much easier to manage. If you're not into the technology you should reconsider. GPS routing and climbpro really lets you relax and enjoy the ride, wherever you are. Also, bring all your gear. Southern Australia is not like Northern Australia. The weather can actually change a lot from day to day. If you are planning on extending your stay, I would do that after the riding, not before.

Tim - Australia


Use a Tour Operator, twowheeltours.

Paolo - Italy 


Your enjoyment of the trip will be directly proportional to the training you put in. With the training. I would also emphasise the importance of including plenty of low cadence/high force training to replicate what happens on the road in the long and steep climbs. I would also advise people renting a bike to consider a 34 if they are at all concerned about being over-powered/worn out by steep gradients. 

Andrew - Australia


If travelling with twowheeltoursyou don't need to think of, or stress over, any details. Everything is taken care of.

Steve - Wales


Train, train and train.

Eimear - Ireland


On the bike > breathe ... eat ... drink ... enjoy!

Owen - Australia


Train and know it will not be enough.

David - USA


Embrace the experience! Rain, punctures, cramp, bone-chilling cold, transfers - they are all part of what makes the Haute Route such a challenge. And talk to your fellow riders - everyone has a story to tell.

Adrian - Australia


Have the utmost confidence in the professionalism of twowheeltours and Will's staff.

Sergio - Italy


Preparation. Most important is consistent training and lots of it. Work on strength and endurance. Focus on getting the body to recover from a long day and be ready for the next.

Grant - Australia


Preparation and attention to detail. Put in the kms of training. This is not something that can be finished without true training preparation in the legs. Also, invest in a really good "butt butter" type product that works for you and figure out how to minimize saddle sore discomfort.

Paul - USA


Buy a Castelli Gabba!! [Prepare for all weather conditions]

Mark - Australia


Train - simulate actual event.

Stan - USA


Train a lot. Prepare for all weather conditions. Eat a lot on the bike. Take in the scenery.

Dave - Australia


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

Mike - Netherlands


Install a climbing cassette before you leave.

Stephen - Australia


Haute Route is a long event - bad days could be followed by good days...so take it easy the first two days and always pay attention to good nutrition.

Stefan - Brazil


Train for a solid three months including a significant amount of hill climbing. You must have a high dgree of fitness otherwise you are wasting your time. Also put on a 32 cassette. 

Noel - Australia


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


Arrive fit with experience of 10km climbs.

Geoff - Australia


Make sure you have appropriate fitness.

Dave - Australia


Train, train and then train more. If your goal is too complete a seven day event, make sure you pace yourself on the first few days and then if you feel good you can increase your effort on the later stages. If your goal is to position as high as possible I now know that you need to push yourself hard from day 1! But no matter what your goal is just try and take it all in and enjoy the moment. 

Will - UK


Trust Will’s advice and descend within your abilities.

Bruce - Australia


Pack well, have the right gears on the bike and plenty of riding in your legs. if you do not have a coach then find one. Their guidance on endurance riding, interval training and recovery is well worth the cost.

Ian - Australia


Don't worry about going hard to stay in a group as the twowheeltours guys will be there to support the first and last rider.  

Richard - Australia


Do the necessary hill training and endurance work. Use hill repeats if no long hills available.

Aidan - Ireland


Train, Prepare mentally, get use to eating a lot of food with heavy training. Learn the in’s and out’s of your bike, you will pick up early if something isn’t right.

Mitch - Australia


Don't pack too much cycling gear, there are wash days.

Graham - Australia


Train well, get a a couple of back to back days in ideally in mountain terrain.

Kieran - Ireland


Talk to as many of the group as you can - all great people with different experiences as riders and otherwise. Don't stress about the weather- you cannot change it. 

JR - Australia


Train to do the length of rides that are planned so you can enjoy them.

Mark - Australia 


Train hard. Seek advice from others. Understand you will be grinding / spinning up a slope for what main be two or more hours. Hopefully you are confident with that.

David - Australia


Keep riding, let Will tell you stories, use his energy, if everyone else is doing it you can too (in terms of fitness), relax and have fun. For Ride Across Portugal, it’s not a race it’s a ride, you literally have nothing else to do all day other than ride your bike.

Kristin - USA


Have enough training hours in your legs.

Michael - Australia


Good gearing, avoid deep dish wheels up high in the wind, and do not chase on day one. 

Stephen - Australia


It's worth getting fit for the trip rather than hoping you'll ride into it. If you're fitter and therefore don't struggle as much on the climbs you can enjoy the scenery.

Adrian - Australia


It's a 7 day race. Pace the 7 stages, save something for the end of each day and the last couple of days. For a HR 3 day event, it is lot different from HR 7 day. 3 day with add-on tourism package means you can really enjoy it. I guess only advice would be to train right ahead of time. Make sure you are ready for climbing.

Brent - USA


Relax, enjoy every day.

Greg - Australia


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


Go easy on day one! Don't burn all your matches on that first day.

Simon - 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


Pace yourself - don't go full gas on day 1 or at the start of any stage unless you are an experienced stage racer.

David - Australia


Get a good training program that focuses on hill climbing and endurance - do the prep, ride to your ability, pace your efforts to enjoy each day. 

Michelle - Australia



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


  • 10 Days €3,200
  • 9 Days €3,000
  • 8 Days €2,800
  • 7 Days €2,600
  • 6 Day Tours - these vary depending on the event location 


We also offer Non Rider Packages WITHOUT activities, where you spend days on-course. These packages are lower in price.


Please contact twowheeltours for more information and to register your interest for this unique and exciting program


2022 Haute Route Pyrenees Stages


2022 Haute Route Pyrenees


Tuesday 5 July 2022

Saint-Jean Pied de Port – Col du Pourtalet 

152km/3700 m+



The Pyrenees is all about narrow roads, untouched landscapes, and wild rides into the unknown. So we’re kicking off stage one of the 2022 event with a route that epitomises everything that makes the Pyrenees world-renowned. After a transfer from Biarritz, the peloton will set out from Saint-Jean Pied de Port and ride head-first into the wild roads of the Basque Country. Stage One brings together an unforgettable collection of hidden gems including Col de Landerre and Col de Bagargui. After culminating at stunning finish on Col du Pourtalet, riders will descend into Spain to spend the night in charming Formigal.



Wednesday 6 July 2022

Formigal – Pau

151km/3000 m+



Climbing into the high mountains of the Pyrenees, the 151km ride from Formigal to Pau will be one to remember. After climbing back over Pourtalet, all eyes will turn to the legendary Col d’Aubisque. Weaving past the famous horses and cattle that call the col home and heading into the breathtaking traverse to Col du Soulor, this ride is the Pyrenees dream. The final col on the menu will be the wild Col de Spandelles, which is set to make its Tour de France debut just two weeks later. From here, riders will enjoy a long descent into the stunning city of Pau.



Thursday 7 July 2022

Pau – Tarbes

161km/3300 m+



Since it first featured in the Tour de France in 1910, the Col du Tourmalet has earned a sacred status as one of the most important climbs in cycling history. That’s why it had to feature in the 2022 edition of the Haute Route Pyrenees. Setting out from Pau in the longest stage of the 2022 race, the peloton will take on the stunning ascent to Col du Soulor before heading into the legendary climb to Col du Tourmalet from Luz-Saint-Sauveur. Reaching the summit at 2115m, riders will have the chance to admire the spectacular view and grab a photo with the iconic statue of Octave Lapize before a long, beautiful descent to Tarbes.



Friday 8 July 2022

Tarbes – Cap de Long

94km/2900 m+



In the penultimate stage of the race, we’re going deep into the wilds of the Hautes-Pyrénées. Starting with the ascent to the breathtaking Hourquette d’Ancizan at 1564m, riders will be greeted with magnificent views at the summit of the iconic pass. But it’s the mesmerising climb towards the Néouvielle massif that will take riders into the true wilderness of the region. The climb from Saint-Lary-Soulan towards the Lac de Cap-de-Long truly epitomises what riding in the Pyrenees is all about. The narrow road through dense pine forests opens into a wild, untouched landscape that must be seen to be believed.



Saturday 9 July 2022

Saint-Lary-Soulan – Col du Portet

69km/2800 m+



In a stunning finale to the 2022 edition of the Haute Route Pyrenees the fifth stage climbs to the highest point of the entire race for an epic finish line on the legendary Col du Portet. Finding new fame in its Tour de France debut in 2018, Col du Portet has quickly become a bucket list climb in the Pyrenees. At 2215m, the summit offers sweeping views across the region and makes the perfect finish line for this epic edition of the Haute Route Pyrenees.



Highlights for the 2022 event:


  • 3 Cols of over 2000 metres (Tourmalet, Cap de Long, Col du Portet) 
  • 627km of riding
  • 16 cols/climbs
  • 15700m+ of vertical


HR Pyrenees Profile 2022



Below is information from the 2021 Event


HR Pyrenees Profile 2021


Village Grand Depart: Girona / Monday 5th July 2021


Stage 1: Ripoll > Bolquère Pyrénées 2000 / Tuesday 6th July 2021

104.5km / 2,561m

The first day is not quite “fácil” but can be seen as an aperitivo to the main event with “only” 104km and 2400m of positive. 


From the get-go, riders will find themselves cycling along flowing open roads, surrounded by the Serra de Montgrony as they head towards the first climb of the day at Coll de Merolla. At just 6km long and with an average gradient of 4%, this climb can be deemed the warm-up before the upcoming and more tasking climb of Coll de la Crueta. 

After enjoying the fun descent, riders will head through the medieval town of La Pobla de Lillet before picking up the road towards their first climb above 2,000m. At 21km long, the Coll de la Creueta is a climb to settle into, with an average gradient of 5.2%. This is an unforgettable climb through the forest, over the cascading Longbreat river and to the summit with incredible panoramic views. 

Riders can then pick up the pace as they head through Puigcerda and onto their first summit finish at Bolquère Pyrénées 2000. 


Stage 2: Bolquère Pyrénées 2000 > Ax-Les-Thermes / Wednesday 7th July 2021

131.4km / 2,951m

As the peloton heads out of the ski resort of Bolquère, they have over 30 kilometres to warm up the legs before working up and over both the Col des Moulis (1,099m) and Col du Garavel (1,256m). 

Up next is the Port de Pailhères which has quickly earned its place as a bucket-list climb, despite first featuring in the Tour de France in 2003. The gradient rises to 8% early on, with little let-up until the summit. Riders will be glad to see the hairpins 6.5 kilometres in, if only for a welcome distraction from the unforgiving gradient as they make their way up to 2,000m. Enjoy the descent, followed by a final climb over Col du Chioula (1,431m) on heavier legs before descending into Ax-les-thermes. Here, alongside the unmissable Haute Route sports massage, riders might be tempted by the beautiful thermal baths this spa town has to offer.

Stage 3: Ax-Les-Thermes > Bagnères De Luchon / Thursday 8th July 2021

173.9km / 3,631m

Riders will cover some distance on this stage and whilst they will be summiting the likes of Col de Port, Col de la Core, Col de Portet d’Aspet and Col de Menté, they can take some respite in knowing that none of these climbs rise above 1,500m. Even more exciting and fascinating for our Haute Route riders is the fact that the Tour de France 2021 riders will be taking on these very climbs; Col de Port, Col de la Core and Col du Portet d’Aspet in the same order for Stage 16 of the Tour. So now it’s your chance to set your best times and see if the professional cyclists can keep up! 

Following the river along the valley, riders will ascend Col de Port from Tarascon-sur-Ariège and Col de la Core from Seix. Whilst both climbs have an easier gradient, riders won’t want to be left behind and might find themselves picking up the pace on the cols in order to stay with a good group to help tick off the faster miles through the valley. 

Riders will soon discover if they have gone too hard reaching the Col de Portet d’Aspet. Whilst the average gradient may only be 4.2% and riders may breeze up the first part of the climb, the final four kilometres pack a punch with the gradient rising to 9-10% average. A famous Tour de France climb steeped in history, make sure you also look out for the large memorial of Fabio Casartelli, who sadly lost his life in a cycling tragedy in 1995.

Riders then descend back down to the turning at Pont de l’Oule, before heading straight into the fourth and last col of the day, the Col de Menté. Like the latter climb, this col lures riders into a false sense of security with an easier gradient for the first four kilometres before ramping up to a challenging 9% and offering little let up until the summit,10.9km later. Make sure you look up and appreciate the views on the hairpins, before descending down the other side and towards the finish line at Bagnères-de-Luchon. 


Stage 4: Bagnères De Luchon > Argelès-Gazost / Friday 9th July 2021

119.7km / 3,343m

With three big stages under their belts, Stage Four tests the peloton with 3,300m of climbing over 120 kilometres – including the mighty Col du Tourmalet.

Straight out of Luchon, riders will have little time to warm-up the legs as they find themselves heading straight into the 14.5-kilometre climb of the Col de Peyresourde. With a steadier section in the middle, riders will notice the gradient ramp up again in the latter part of the climb but will be rewarded with dreamy switchbacks and unforgettable panoramic views. 

Featuring in the Tour de France for the first time in 2011, the Hourquette d’Ancizan has been rightfully targeted as a bucket-list climb for many cyclists. With an average gradient of 8%, riders will find themselves having to work hard to get over some steep pitches, whilst the forever changing gradient makes it difficult to find a rhythm. 

The Col du Tourmalet needs no introduction and for Stage Four, riders will be tackling it from the east side of Campan – the side considered the more difficult of the two ascents. As riders pass through Sainte-Marie-de-Campan, they might be tricked into wondering what all the fuss is about, but will soon be reminded why this climb has caused so many cyclists to crack once they reach Gripp. Here the climb starts proper, rising up to 8% before entering double digits and making your lungs and legs burn. Riders will round out the climb with a very steep final hairpin as the famous cast iron statue of Octave Lapize comes into view. 

From here, you can enjoy the descent down the other side and on towards Argelès-Gazost having completed a truly iconic day on the bike.


Stage 5: Argelès-Gazost > Pau / Saturday 10th July 2021

130.2km / 2,850m

Perhaps the second most famous climb after the Tourmalet, riders are in for a treat with an early ascent up the Col d’Aubisque. As the peloton head out of Argelès-Gazost they will first summit the scenic Col du Soulour. From here, the route descends into a false flat and an incredible cliff road – which has been called the circle of death. 

From here, riders will continue the climb up towards Aubisque. Of the eight-kilometre climb, it is only the latter half that sees an increase in gradient to 7% but nothing unmanageable for the peloton, especially when distracted by the beautiful landscape and views for days. 

From here, riders have one more col to tick off for the 2021 edition of the Haute Route Pyrenees - the Col de Marie Blanque. For this climb, riders will be ascending from the easier east side or Belle – with a 5.1% average gradient over 11.4km, giving riders a real chance to soak it all up and really appreciate the beauty of the Pyrenees.

From the summit, riders will enjoy the descent and the final kilometres as they head straight towards the well-deserved finisher medal and Haute Route after party in Pau. The atmosphere will be buzzing, as the Tour de France peloton reaches the Pyrenees the very same day.

We cannot wait for this five day journey across the best climbs along the Spanish and French mountains.


HR Pyrenees Map 2021  


INFO on the 2020 Course:



Stage 1: Tardets – Pau 

146KM / 3,650M+


The first stage of the 2020 Haute Route Pyrenees begins with a transfer to the small town of Tardets-Sorholus, southwest of Pau, so the peloton can immediately enjoy quiet Basque Country roads. Take advantage of the first six kilometres to warm up your legs, because after reaching Alcay the 7-kilometre Col de Lecharria begins, with ramps up to 16% and prolonged sections at 13%. The Lecharria is really just the first part of a series of cols that stairstep up to the ultimate summit of the Col de Bagargui. As is typical of climbs in the Pyrenees, the steepness will change frequently, providing both surprisingly steep ramps and brief reprieves. Once you conquer the Bagargui, you’ll enjoy a long descent and rolling terrain – with a few short climbs – until you reach the Col d’Ichère. The climb is short – only 4 kilometres – but beware of descending the steeper side, with downhill grades of 16-20%. The final climb of the day is the 10-kilometre Col de Marie Blanque. The first half is a moderate climb, but save something for the final 4 kilometres that average around 11% and have ramps up to 18%. From the summit of this final climb it’s mostly downhill to Pau and the first finish line of the week.


Stage 2: Pau – Tarbes 

152KM / 3,200M+

Leaving from Pau, Stage 2 features two of the most famous climbs in the Pyrenees: the Col d’Aubisque and Col du Soulor. Following a neutral rollout from the city, you’ll gradually climb through the first 40km of the stage. The gradual part ends as you pass Eaux-Bonnes and start up the 16.6-kilometre Col d’Aubisque. Look for the ski station of Gourette about 4 kilometres from the summit, and then you’ll climb out of the forest and enjoy panoramic views as you reach the giant bicycle sculptures at the summit. The Col du Solour is right next door, so following a 7-kilometre descent you’ll have just a short climb to reach the summit of the Solour. Enjoy the fast and technical descent to Ferrières and then get ready for a treat. The 10-kilometre Col de Spandelles is a hidden gem in the area, a tiny road, too narrow for the Tour de France, but perfect for Haute Route. The descent brings you down into Argèles-Gazost. The final 47 kilometres of the stage finish in Tarbes feature rolling hills and two smaller climbs, including the Col de Lingous.


Stage 3: Tarbes – Col d’Azet 

88KM / 2500M+

Stage 3 starts climbing right from the start line, gradually at first, and then a few steeper ramps before your reach Payolle. Leaving Payolle, you’ll start the true climb of the Hourquette d’Ancizan. Be careful not to get tricked by the false summit 4 kilometres from the actual top of the climb. You’ll get a reprieve for about a kilometer, which will help you power through the final three kilometres to top. Following a fun descent, you’ll climb the easier side of the Lançon climb and descend the steeper side to Bordères-Louron. The town of Génos is another seven kilometres up the valley, and that’s where you’ll turn on the Col d’Azet. Tour de France fans may be more familiar with the name Col de Val Louron-Azet, due to a stage finish at the Val Louron ski station at the summit. Whatever you call it, you’ll be glad to reach the finish line at the top, before cruising down the 12-kilometre descent to Event Village in Saint-Lary Soulan.


Stage 4: ITT Saint-Lary Soulan – Col du Portet 

17.5KM / 1,400M+

The Col du Portet is a recently-renovated road that hosted a Tour de France stage finish in 2018. The first kilometre is flat as you exit the town of Saint-Lary Soulan, and you’ll see the climb cut across the cliff as you approach it. The first eight kilometres of the climb are steep, with prolonged sections above 10%. The road here is wide and steady, as it is the main route to the ski station at Pla d’Adet (another Tour de France summit finish). Instead of turning toward Pla d’Adet, you’ll turn on to a much smaller road to continue up the Col du Portet. Soon you’ll enter a series of 11 switchbacks before the road straightens out for a more direct route to the summit. This second half of the climb is more typical of the Pyrenees, with quick and frequent changes in steepness compared to the steadier first half. When you reach a narrow tunnel, you’ll have about 1 kilometre left to climb to the finish. 


Stage 5: Saint-Lary Soulan – Lourdes 

123KM / 3,100M+


Stage 5 of the 2020 Haute Route Pyrenees starts by climbing over Col d’Azet the opposite way you experienced it during Stage 3. After descending the pass you’ll have about 14 kilometres of gradually descending valley road to the base of the Col d’Aspin. Situated between the Col de Peyresourde and Col du Tourmalet, it is often used by the Tour de France to link the two. The 12-kilometre climb features incredible views and is not quite as steep as neighboring mountains, but save something in your legs for the massive climb up to the finish line atop the Tourmalet. The Tour de France has visited the Tourmalet more than 80 times, making it the race’s most frequently climbed mountain. The ascent from Sainte-Marie-de-Campan is 16.5 kilometres long. The first four are easy to moderate, before the grade increases for the last 12. When you pass the ski resort of La Mongie, you’ll know you only have 5 more kilometres to the top. At the summit, be sure to pause to take photos of the giant steel sculpture called the “Géant du Tourmalet” and pop into the café to see the historic cycling photos on the walls. After the 19-kilometre descent to Luz-Saint-Sauveur, it will be helpful to find some friends for the 29-kilometre gradual descent to Lourdes. 


Stage 6: Lourdes – Lourdes

100KM / 2,250M+

Remember the technical descent from the Col du Soulor on Stage 2? After a rolling first 40 kilometres to begin Stage 6, you’ll start the 12-kilometre climb up the north side of the Col du Solour from Ferrières. Once over the summit, you’ll descend to Arrens and turn right to climb the last 3.6 kilometres of the Col de Bordères. This portion of the climb averages about 7%, but features some steep ramps up to 14%. After descending through Argèles-Gazost, the final 25 kilometres of the stage include two smaller climbs in the valley before you finish in Lourdes. 


Stage 7: Lourdes – Pau 

107KM / 2,200M+

The most common way for the Tour de France to climb the Col du Solour is from Argèles-Gazost, and that’s the way you’re going to do it for Stage 7 of the 2020 Haute Route Pyrenees. Riding from Lourdes you’ll have small climb to warm up your legs before reaching Argèles-Gazost and starting the 19-kilometre climb up the Col du Soulor. The first 6.5 kilometres are tough climb, and then there’s a flat reprieve for about 5.5 kilometres. The last 7 kilometres get steep again, particularly with about 2.5 kilometres remaining to the summit. Enjoy the short descent, but be prepared to start climbing again after you pass through a short tunnel. From here you have about seven kilometres to the summit of the Col d’Aubisque, the final major climb of the event. Enjoy the long descent past Laruns, and then find some riders to work with on the gradual descent and rolling hills leading back to the final finish line in Pau. Congratulations, you’re an Haute Route Finisher!



From Years Past

Information from the 2019 Event 

Information from the Haute Route Pyrenees 2019

Stage by Stage:

720KM, 18,320M D+

Event Village: Friday 16th August 2019: Pau


Stage 1: Pau - La Pierre Saint Martin (96KM, 2,750M+)

Cols : Bugalaran 498m / Hourcère 1,445m / La Pierre Saint Martin 1,666m


Stage 2: Pau - Port de Balés (138km / 2,900M+) PLUS +20km to village

Cols : Château de Mauvezin 512m /  Port de Balés 1,755m


Stage 3: Bagnères-de Luchon - Hospice de France (131km / 3,500M+) PLUS +11km to village

Cols : Port de Balés 1,755m / Ares 797m / Menté 1,349m / Hospice de France 1,379m


Stage 4: Bagnères-de Luchon - Col du Tourmalet (82km / 3,250M+) PLUS + 37km to village

Cols : Peyresourde 1,569m / Hourquette-Ancizan 1,564m / Tourmalet 2,115m


Stage 5: ITT Argelés-Gazost - Col de Spandelles (15km / 920M+) 

Col : Spandelles 1,378m


Stage 6:  Argelés-Gazost - Pau (131km / 2,700M+)

Cols : Soulor 1,474m/ Aubisque 1,709m / Marie-Blanque 1,035m


Stage 7:  Pau - Pau (127km / 2,300M+)

Cols : Aubisque 1,709m / Soulor 1,474m 


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Information from the Haute Route Pyrenees 2018

Stage by Stage:

770KM, 20,000M D+

Event Village: Thursday 16th August: Pau


Stage 1: Pau - Pau (151KM, 2,700M+)
Cols : Labays 1,354m / Bouesou 1,010m / Marie-Blanque 1,035m


Stage 2: Pau - Hautacam (122KM, 3,900M+) 
Cols : Aubisque 1,709m / Soulor 1,474m / Spandelles 1,378m / Hautacam 1,525m


Stage 3:  Argelès-Gazost - Col de Couraduque (117KM, 3,300M+)
Cols: Lingous 575m / Tourmalet 2,117m / Couraduque 1,367m


Stage 4: Argelès-Gazost - Col de Portet (103KM, 4,000M+)
Cols: Tourmalet 2,117m / Hourquette-Ancizan 1,564m / Portet 2,215m


Stage 5: TT Saint-Lary Soulan - Cap de Long (23KM, 1,400M+)
Col: Cap de Long 2,170m


Stage 6: Saint-Lary Soulan - Peyragudes (130KM, 3,300M+)
Cols: Azet 1,580m / Port de Balès 1,755m / Peyresourde 1,569m / Peyragudes 1,600m


Stage 7: Peyragudes - Pau (124KM, 1,400M+) 
Col: Aspin 1,489m

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Haute Route Pyrenees 2017 Stage by Stage:

Event Village, Saturday 12th August: Anglet

Stage 1, Sunday 13th August: Anglet – Oloron Sainte-Marie (174km, 3,400M+)
Stage 2, Monday 14th August: Pau – Pau (157km, 2,800M+)
Stage 3, Tuesday 15th August: Pau – Tarbes (152km, 3,100M+)
Stage 4, Tarbes – Col du Portillon (123km, 3,900M+)
Stage 5, Thursday 17th August:  ITT Bagnères-de-Luchon – Superbagnères (18km, 1,170M+)
Stage 6, Friday 18th August: Bagnères-de-Luchon – Hospice de France (130km, 3,600M+)
Stage 7, Saturday 19th August: Bagnères-de-Luchon – Toulouse (156km, 1,300M+)


Haute Route Pyrenees 2017 Cols and Ascents:

Stage 1:

Cols: Bagargui 1,327m / Soudet 1,542m

Stage 2:

Cols: Marie-Blanque 1,035m / Aubisque 1,709m / Soulor 1,474m

Stage 3:

Cols: Spandelles 1,378m / Tourmalet 2,117m

Stage 4:

Cols: Aspin 1,489m / Azet 1,580m / Peyresourde 1,569m / Portillon 1,293m

Stage 5:

Col: Superbagnères 1,860m

Stage 6:

Cols: Port de Balès 1,755m / Ares 797m / Menté 1,349m / Hospice de France 1,379m

Stage 7:

Col de Menté (1349m)

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