Haute Route Mexico 2019

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

9 Day Fully Catered Package: 

Sunday 13 October - Monday 21 October 2019

 

twowheeltours will once again offer a Fully Caterd Tour in combination with the three-day Haute Route Cyclo-sportif. We will spend time on the western-side of Mexico City in the Santa Fe area. From there we will head over to Valle de Bravo for the event.

 

While in the Santa Fe area, we head out on some exploration rides and spend a day off the bikes to explore some culture in the area.

 

This tour offers a similar program to what we have offered in the past for other tours such as Haute Route Norway, Haute Route Oman 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 night in Valle de Bravo after the event so riders can relax and enjoy some downtime before heading home.

 

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

Three Day Race:

Friday 18 October - Sunday 20 October 2019

 

Statistics: 

Total 292 KM, Total Ascent 7,832m - Full Course

Statistics Compact: 

Total 193 KM, Total Ascent 4,398m - Compact Course

 

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 October 2019.

 

The Haute Route Mexico, being held in Valle de Bravo region, 2 hours from Mexico City, 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. Riders will conquer the Zitácuaro-Valle de Bravo, the local volcano which offers riders a long and steady climb to above 3500m. Average temperatures in October usually hover around the 20C mark, ideal for cycling. 

 

Course Profiles Mexico 2019

 

twowheeltours will continue its alliance with OCSport and offer a Fully Catered Package for riders competing in the  cyclosportif. We cannot wait to offer our clients the best possible service as they ride through the dense forest areas and spectacular mountain scenery which towers over the pristine Valle de Bravo lake 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.

 

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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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Mexico Details 2019

Details About Our Nine Day Tour:

Our twowheeltoursriders have the chance to experience 9 Fully Catered Days exploring Mexico and its surrounds and then will head out to Valle de Bravo to participate in the three day Haute Route event


Our riders will be collected from Mexico City International Airport (MEX) before heading to our base in the Santa Fe (Mexico City) area. While based here riders will have the opportunity to stretch their legs on three different rides, we will also spend one day off the bike to explore some of Mexico City.  Highlights will include:

 

  • Visit the Tequila and Mescal Museum in CDMX
  • Taste true Mexican Food
  • Hear Mariachi bands in Plaza Garibaldi
  • Pre-event rides through Desert de los Leones and Ajusco 
  • Experience life at 2,250m above sea level


As always, riders will be supported by a professional team including our own masseur and mechanic plus a rider on course. We will look after all your meals and provide top level accomodation during the tour.


Details for the 2019

 

Discover the quiet pine forests, stunning roads and incredible views in the Valle de Bravo Region during the 1st Edition in 2019. Every stage will start and finish at the Valle de Bravo main dock, located in the heart of the town. 

Based in the town of Valle de Bravo, just two hours away from the vibrant Mexico City, enjoy a unique Haute Route experience in one of Mexico’s “pueblo magico’.

 

The course totals 292km with 7,832M+ of climbing, including an ascent to the Nevada de Toluca National Park and views over the glistening Lago Avandaro. For the Compact the course totals 193km with 4,398M+ of climbing.

 

Enjoy a quintessential Mexican countryside experience in Mexico’s mecca of outdoor activities and experience the rich local culture as you interact with the welcoming host community.

 

Conditions in October in Mexico City and Valle de Bravo average 10 - 24°C 

 

Haute Route Mexico

 

Details for 2019 Stage by Stage:

Total 292 KM, Total Ascent 7,832m - Full Course

Total 193 KM, Total Ascent 4,398m - Compact Course

 

Event Village : Thursday 17 October 2019 : Valle de Bravo

 

Stage 1 : Friday 18 October 2019 : Valle de Bravo to Valle de Bravo (124 KM, 3,617M+)
Climbs : La Candelaria 690M / Donato Guerra 1,304M / Ixtapan Del Oro 1,700M

Stage 1 Compact : Valle de Bravo to Valle de Bravo (71.4 KM, 1,405M+)

Climbs : La Candelaria 690M / Donato Guerra 1,304M 

 

Starting at the Valle de Bravo main dock, the first few kilometres will feature rolling hills to warm you up for the stage ahead and the first real ascent towards La Candelaria, where you will go on to encounter the spectacular 16th century “Ex Hacienda Pipioltepec”. Enjoy the wide roads and winding descents on your way to “El Arco”, before continuing on towards the CFE roads and another climb up “El Cuarto de Máquinas” (aka the engine room), where a very steep and demanding ascent awaits. This climb is the biggest effort of the day, but be careful not to overcook it as you need to get through the other half of the stage after you reach the summit.

 

The final climb will start from the town of Ixtapan del Oro. Called the “Tour de France” by local riders, this section is simply spectacular with demanding hills and descents on beautiful narrow, winding roads. After taking on the final climb, you will reach the lake at Valle de Bravo as you head towards the finish line, taking in the lakeside views along the flat road. 

The Compact course is identical to the Original Course all the way to the summit of the second climb, before it heads back downhill to Valle de Bravo to finish the stage.

 

Stage 2 : Saturday 19 October 2019 : Valle de Bravo to Valle de Bravo (144 KM, 3,154M+)
Climb : Nevado de Toluca 3,534M

Stage 2 Compact : Valle de Bravo to Valle de Bravo (97.7 KM, 1,931M+)

Climbs : Tequesquipan 2,448M / Mariposas 2,906M

 

Heading towards the outskirts of town for the first few kilometres, you will soon reach the town of Temascaltepec where the first climb starts. It is then time to embrace the small cobble stone section when crossing through the town, before heading to paved roads at Real de Arriba and its gorgeous views. 

 

You will love riding through the small and typical Mexican town of Real de Arriba. As you leave, be prepared to start one of the most iconic and demanding climbs of Haute Route Mexico, featuring spectacular views, small towns and agricultural fields all the way to the edge of the volcano, Nevado de Toluca, which is part of the National Park. At the highest point you will be 3,400m above sea level, giving you the chance to take in the beauty of the dormant volcano and the impressive panoramic views. From there, a long and sinuous descent then takes you to the final climb of the day. 

 

San Francisco Oxtotilpan to Las Mariposas Sanctuary is a demanding but enjoyable climb that ends at the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, a beautiful location with an exotic feel thanks to the migratory birds that come each year from Canada for their temporary home during winter. From here, you can enjoy the final descent that ends at the finish line in the main dock.

 

After an identical start once again, the Compact course won’t take you all the way to the summit of Nevado de Toluca but will head left to reach La Mariposas.

 

Stage 3 : Sunday 20 October 2019 : Valle de Bravo to Valle de Bravo (24 KM, 1,062M+) same for Compact
Climb : San Simón de La Laguna 2,630M

 

Bringing the event to a close in style, the third and final stage of the 2019 Haute Route Mexico is an uphill time trial on the San Simón de la Laguna. 16 kilometres of amazing climbing await, as you challenge yourself all the way up to the finish line at San Simón de La Laguna.

 

Course Profiles Mexico 2019

 

Details for the twowheeltours 2019 tour:

 

Day One Mexico City : Sunday 13 October 2019

Arrival Day for 9 Day Clients

Accommodation in Santa Fe

Ride distance ~20-30km

 

Day Two Mexico City : Monday 14 October 2019

Ride ~100-120km

Ajusco Day Ride

Accommodation in Santa Fe

 

Day Three Mexico City : Tuesday 15 October 2019

Sight seeing day 

No ride

Accommodation in Santa Fe

 

Day Four Mexico City : Wednesday 16 October 2019

Ride ~70-100km

Desierto de los Leones Day Ride

Accommodation in Santa Fe

 

Day Five Mexico City : Thursday 17 October 2019

Transfer from Santa Fe to Valle de Bravo

Drive ~2:00 / 130km

Registration Day Valle de Bravo

Recon Time Trial

Accommodation in Valle de Bravo 

 

Day Six > Eight : Friday 18 October > Sunday 20 October 2019

Haute Route Mexico

 

Day Nine : Monday 21 October 2019

Transfer from Valle de Bravo to Mexico Airport MEX

Drive ~2:10 / 150km

No ride

Departure Day 

 

Full itinerary will be sent to our clients once they have booked

Ride distances are subject to change

 

Mariachi Mexico  Ajusco Mexico City

 

Mexican Food  Museo del Tequila and Mezcal Mexico

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
  • 9 Days USD $5,350

  • Non Rider 9 Days USD $2,950

 

Would you like a shorter or longer package? We can also arrange that, we can be as flexible as you need. Contact info@twowheeltours.com.au for more information.

Mexico Accommodation

Start and Finish Hotel 

We pride ourselves on starting and ending our fully catered tours in the best possible accommodation. Information on the hotels where twowheeltours will stay 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

 

Event Hotel

Riders will right in Valle de Bravo. 

Haute Route Mexico FAQ

What will twowheeltours offer besides race entry and support?

Mexico is waiting for you to come visit. Join twowheeltours to explore Mexico City, pre-event, with its vibrant culture and beautiful riding. Then we will head out to the event which will be held in Valle de Bravo. Come join us for our 9 day tour in combination with the three day event. 

 

Day 1 Welcome to Mexico City in the Santa Fe region ~30km ride
 
Day 2 Santa Fe ~100km ride
 
Day 3 Mexico City - no ride - city tour including the Tequila and Mezcal Museum and an amazing lunch 
 
Day 4 Santa Fe ~90km ride
 
Day 5 Morning in Santa Fe and then transfer to Valle de Bravo to register for the Haute Route - light ride in the afternoon
 
Day 6 HR Stage 1 Valle de Bravo
 
Day 7 / 8 HR Stage 2 & 3 Valle de Bravo
 
Day 9 Depart Valle de Bravo back to Mexico City Dept Day

 

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. Now twowheeltours will attend the HR Mexico as well. 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 / 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.

 

What will the event look like? 

The Haute Route classifies themselves as the 'highest and toughest cyclo-sportives in the world'. This three 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 first two stages should see riders complete two 100+km days and then participate in the ITT on Stage 3. 

 

Guide Book for Haute Route Mexico 2019

 

To be released soon

 

Grimpeur Magazine 

The Haute Route quarterly digital magazine is the go-to reference for all things Haute Route. Featuring 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

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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
  • Massages and hot showers are available near the finish line. If you want a massage from the race organisers, you will need to register when you arrive. A time slot will be given to everyone, to avoid waiting. twowheeltours will have their own massage therapist on tour
  • Briefing for riders at 1830 in the race village - a 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

  • 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
  • Mechanical support during the race and at the villages
  • Timing and tracking system, see how fast you got to the top of all the cols
  • For your bike and for identification you will receive a personalised frame plate and two official numbers to wear daily
  • Rest stops at the tops of cols and also along the route with food, drinks and energy products
  • Daily rankings (Solo, Team, and by age group and sex)
  • Hot lunch at the end of each stage
  • Each night there is a safety briefing followed by an aperitif but we will have our own briefing at the hotel
  • Closing party held at the finishing city
  • A medal for each finisher
  • A finishing shirt if completed in the specified times
  • A personalised certificate to download

 

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

  • Secure bike park at each finish village
  • Hot showers at each finish village
  • Access to a bike wash area at each finish village
  • Videos produced daily and published to youtube which are shown during safety briefings
  • You will also receive a Haute Route ‘race day’ back pack 

 

Official Guide - maps - route details:

All riders receive via e-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 to our top level accommodation in Mexico City. There we will enjoy a few days before heading out to the event centre in Valle de Bravo. 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.  Or if you have an Apple Product we can Air Drop.

 

Haute Route Video

Have you watched the HR Video on what to pack / bring? Now you will have some questions, not all points relate to you as your are on our tour:

 

Haute Route Bag - You can take the HR bag IF YOU WANT, we give you twowheeltours luggage tags which you put on your bags, preferably two which we move everyday, one large bag and one backpack. You drop your bags to reception each morning and our team move them to the next hotel. We recommend that you take the HR (small) back pack, you can use that on course. Also, we give you another little bag which you can use for another rest stop during the stage. At reception each morning we have signs to designate where our staff will be on course and you put the bags where you want to see them. At the end of the day, our staff bring them back to the hotel.

 

Our staff on Course - The location of our staff on course varies each day, due to weather, distance and other logistical factors.

 

Bike Bag - The race organisers take your bag from Registration to Stage 7 - ie Geneva to Venice or whichever are your start and finish villages. You can put any gear in the bike bag which you do not want to see for eight days. Many of our clients will place their HR Travel Bag (90 litres) in their bike box for a momento. There is no access to your bike bag once it is dropped off on the registration afternoon through to after Stage 7.

 

Rules - if you DNF one stage you can still start the next stage. You may not receive a shirt at the end but you will receive a medal.

 

How hard is the Haute Route?

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

  

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

 

Forty-year-old Sydneysider Will Levy was celebrating a unique achievement, having become the only rider to complete every Haute Route event since the first one in the Alps in 2011. “I feel good…probably better than I did after the first one in 2011, that was extremely hard because you didn't know what was going to happen with riding for 7 days in a row. It has been an amazing experience to go through from the beginning until now and on into the future. Things certainly become easier once you have one Haute Route under your belt.” 

What is Will’s advice to someone thinking of taking on an Haute Route event? “The fitter you are, the more fun you’ll have. These are not just Saturday or Sunday rides – you need to come prepared and the better prepared you are the more fun you will have,” he said.

 

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. 

 

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 our own coach at twowheeltours - Matt Wells - for full details on Matt and his training programs costs - 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 have a 9 or 11+ 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 tour or spend extra nights in Mexico City. We can be as flexible as you need.

 

You're an Australian tour company, do you have riders on your tours who are not from Australia?

We have clients on our tours from all over the world, Russia, Australia, NZ, UK, Canada, Japan, South Africa, America, France and Spain. Each year many of our riders return to do the Haute Route with twowheeltours, which is a great honour. 

 

Rooming

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

 

Hotels 

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

 

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 - 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. We 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 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. 

 

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’. Here is the one which I wear:

Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket - we have been using this jacket for years. 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 our mechanical work.

 

Bike washing

Bikes do not need to be washed each day.  

 

Gearing

It is recommended to have a compact crank. In previous years there have been just a few riders who had standard cranks. About what to run in the rear, ask yourself this question, do you spend much of your time riding in the granny around home? If so you'll be in it a lot during the Haute Route. Also think about climbing a mountain which is 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.

 

Insurance + cycling licence

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

 

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

 

For Australians, twowheeltours can recommend www.velosure.com.au - they are aware of our insurance needs. Each policy will differ due to a variety of circumstances, ie age and dates travelled etc. They are happy to assist in giving an obligation free quote. Please head to their website for more information. 

  

Do I need a Cycling Licence?

There is no cycling licence needed. A medical certificate signed by your Dr stating that you are fit for cycling is required. You will receive this once you have completed the HR registration. Once you have it signed by your Dr, you will be required to upload it to the HR website. twowheeltours can assist with this if necessary. Please make sure that you BRING the original document to the start of the tour. If you are from the EU a Cycling Licence is necessary.

 

Diet - Food on Trip

Travelling away from home is always an adventure. The food in Mexico is a little different to what you may have back 'home'. 

 

As we offer Fully Catered tours we supply you with breakfast and dinner. The race organisers supply you daily with lunch during the tour. The food in Mexico is excellent, we will experience top level hotel meals and also stop at some road side restaurants to sample true Mexican food. 

 

If you have eating requirements/needs please let us know when you book in the comments section and we will endeavour to meet your needs.

  

Sports Nutrition

Everyone has their favourites nutrition companies. Please bring along what you are happy with. Please remember that some host villages may not have what you want. 

 

Want more information about Specific Sports Nutrition for the Haute Route - Chloe McLeod is a Sports Dietitian who we used to help guide our clients to smarter eating for such events - more information click here

 

Bringing my own nutrition, any issues with quarantine?

In regards to bringing your own powders and large tubs of powders, we have had clients bring their own from home and they have never had an issue. Most put powder into a zip lock bag, leaving the big tub at home. We would not recommend for you to bring copious amounts of gels/powders etc as there may be an issue. If forms require please declare what you have in your bag. Lastly, please pack it in your checked luggage. 

 

Food at rest stops

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.

 

Bike Bags

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

 

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. 

 

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

 

Other info on what to bring can be found here. Unfortunately we cannot wash all your day to day clothes. 

 

Is there gear that I HAVE to wear?

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

 

Clothing

For the official dinners and functions - there is no dress code. Even at our welcome dinner and farewell dinner there is no specific dress code, jeans, t-shirt and sneakers are more than suitable. There is only so much you can pack.

 

I've booked my ticket via twowheeltours, what next?

You main focus once you have booked with us is training and booking your flights. You will be required to completed some twowheeltours paper work.

 

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

 

Paper work

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

 

Hotels - are the hotels used by twowheeltours different to those used by the Haute Route organisation?

As the route changes yearly this is difficult to answer. We at twowheeltours offer you the best accommodation that is available to us, some hotels are very large while others are small. 

 

Location of Hotels

How close is the accommodation to the start/finish? We aim to put you in the best accommodation that is as close to the start/finish line as possible. 

 

Non-riding partners

For non-riding partners - what activities are planned? This varies year to year. We take pride in offering those partners who do not ride the opportunity to have an enjoyable time, not just sit in the van and watch/wait for the riders. When your partner signs up we like to find out what he/she enjoys to do, whether that be hiking, visiting villages, cooking classes and/or markets and provide them with a variety of activities during the tour. Non-riding partners will catch up in the evenings with the riders. We all dine together and you will spend the night together.

 

Payment

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

 

How do I make the remaining payments?

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

 

Can I pay via credit card?

Yes this is possible. Payments can be made Pay Pal - MasterCard or Visa ONLY. There is no fee for the initial deposit but each further transaction attracts a 2.9% fee.

  

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. 

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:

 

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

 

Take it easy the first two days

Stefan - Brazil

 

Train - simulate actual event

Stan - USA

 

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. 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

 

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

 

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

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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