The Haute Route

Fans of ultra-tough gran fondo/cyclosportif events have just been given a dream come true. The French promoter OC ThirdPole has announced a new event called La Haute Route and is the multi-stage gran fondo. The seven-stage event will encompass 700km from Geneva to Nice.

If that concept sounds familiar to you, the event is in broad strokes very similar to the Route des Grandes Alpes trip that I did last summer with Erickson Cycle Tours. Our route was based on the historic auto route through the Alps. This route will leave out the loop rides and out-and-back rides we did that broke up our adventure.  Even so, the course will encompass some 700km and Alpine climbs with famous names—not Miley Cyrus famous, but nerdy bike-geek household famous. Think Galibier.

By the time riders reach the Promenade des Anglais in Nice they will have climbed roughly 18,000 meters—some 59,000 feet.

Basics of the route include:

* 7 days in a row, from the 21st to the 27th August 2011

* 716 km over 7 stages

* 14 peaks and 18,000 meters of climbing

* 4 high altitude finishes

* Start: Geneva, Switzerland

* Finish: Nice, France

* 5 overnight host cities : Megève, Les Arcs / Bourg-St-Maurice, Serre Chevalier, Pra Loup, Auron

Registration is already open and is a seemingly reasonable 595 euro before 12/31 and 630 euro after the first of the year.

Every rider will receive:

* Official travel bag (to be used by each competitor)

* Mechanical support (in the race village and during the race)

* Food/drink supplies during the race and at the finish of each stage

* Access to a secure bike park at each stopover

* Cleaning service for the bikes at each stopover

* Massages / rest and recovery at the finish

* Pasta party organised every night

* Transfer of personal luggage from the start to the finish of each leg

* Transfer of bike bags and covers from Geneva to Nice

* Accommodation at different levels and return shuttle (Nice-Geneva) as an option

Honestly, if an entry to this accompanied with a hall pass isn’t the gift of the year, I don’t know what is.

Learn more here: www.hauteroute.org

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4 comments

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  2. TV@VT

    I would love to just ride the Route des Grandes Alpes. Forget the race part of it. On the lifetime bucket list for sure.

    Closer to home, how about the Pactour Ridge of the Rockies? 1900 miles, 88,000 feet of climbing, 18 days in July – need someone to infiltrate that ride to write it up!

  3. Sprocketboy

    595 Euros for this is a very good deal although you might get tired of pasta every evening! I rode most of this same route in 2008 and can highly recommend it as one of the greatest bike rides you will ever enjoy.

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