Haute Route - Pyrenees 2020 - 4 Spots Left

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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 all 3 and 7 day events

Our focus is you and your success in completing the ride of your life

HR Pyrenees from OC 1

 

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Course below is from 2019

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The Haute Route Pyreness sold out over the past six years

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Full Information for 2020

Pau - Pau

Ten Day Fully Catered Package:

Saturday 29 August - Monday 7 September 2020

  

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

 

Seven Day Race:

Sunday 30 August - Saturday 5 September 2020

 

Profile for 2020 is Below:

HR Pyrenees 2020 Profile

In 2020 We Will Have Very Limited Number of Exclusive Places On Our Fully Catered Tour

more information

 

HR Pyrenees from OC 2

 

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

 

twowheeltours offers a limited number of riders an unbelievable experience for what is 'the highest and toughest cyclo-sportives in the world'. 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

  

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 are 'tough enough' to consider racing back to back - Pyrenees + Alps?

 

twowheeltours the ONLY tour operator who has been to each and every seven day Haute Route since 2011
 

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 Pau Airport (PUF) 
  • Up to 9 nights and 10 days on tour
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners 
  • Laundry
  • Accommodation in top level hotels
  • Support vehicle includes tools, pumps, cooler with drinks plus fruit and snacks

 

  

 

Pyrenees Details 2020

Information from the 2019 Event - Details of 2020 to be released ASAP 

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 

 

HR Pyrenees Profile 2019

From Years Past

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

Alps Profile 2018

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)

HR Pyrenees Profile 2017

8 Day Package & Price
  • Haute Route Race Entry
  • One night Pre Haute Route in 4 or 5 Star Accommodation
  • 6 nights Fully Catered during the race
  • Luggage logistics 
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • 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
  • Depart after Stage 7
  • 8 Days €4,710

50% to confirm your place

Final payment due 20 April  

  • Please contact for shared accommodation

 

Would you like a 9, 10, 12 day package? We can also arrange that, we can be as flexible as you need. Contact info@twowheeltours.com.au for more information.

10 & 11 Day Packages & Price
  • 2020 Haute Route Race Entry
  • One or Two nights Pre Haute Route in 4 or 5 Star Accommodation
  • 7 nights Fully Catered during the race
  • Two nights Post Haute Route in 5 Star Accommodation
  • Luggage logistics 
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • 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
  • 11 Days €5,550
  • 10 Days €5,270 

  • 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 

 

  • 19 Days €8,740 - Iron Package  
  • 18 Days €8,420 - Iron Package

 

  • Please contact for shared accommodation

  

Would you like a 9, 10, 12 day package? We can also arrange that, we can be as flexible as you need. Contact info@twowheeltours.com.au for more information.

Pyrenees Accommodation 2020

Start and Finish Hotels - Details for 2020 TBC - confirmed once Route is Announced

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

 

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 Navarre2      Hotel Villa Navarre1

 

  

Haute Route FAQ

What staffing does twowheeltours provide?

We have been fortunate enough to be at all HR 7 day events since 2011, that is all of them. We take pride in making sure all our riders need to do is focus on the event. We have our own masseur, mechanic, bag logistic manager and tour manager who rides the course with our riders. 

 

What is an Infinity Pass?

Thanks to the Infinity Pass, cycling enthusiasts from across the globe can take part in an unlimited number of Haute Route events for one fixed fee for one entire year.

 

The Infinity Pass provided unrestricted access to both the 7-day and 3-day Haute Route events in Europe, the Middle-East and North America. For a fixed annual price, experience 3 Haute Route events for nearly the price of a regular 7-day event or two regular 3-day events. 

 

twowheeltours has a limited amount of HR Infinity Tickets Available for our riders. 

 

In 2020 twowheeltours will be attending almost all of the Haute Route Events on offer, these include:

 

Oman / Dolomites / Crans Montana / Alps / Pyrenees / Ventoux and Qincheng

 

If riders participate in another HR event, which TWT is attending, this will reduce riders payment subject to that particular tour. 

 

Riders can 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.

 

For more information on Infinity Passes 

 

Why continue to change the course? 

Since 2011 the organisers have altered the course to keep you the cyclists on your toes. The race will continue to include different formats (classic stages, marathon stages, individual time trial - ITT) with a daily averages of 100+km and two to three major climbs - beside the ITT. Jean-Francois Alcan, Race Director, will continue to challenge the cyclist and bring us through some of the most spectacular scenery EU has on offer.

 

Guide Book for the Haute Route

 

Pyrenees : Click link Here or image below

 

Alps : Click link Here or image below

 

We cannot confirm exactly when the guide books will become available but they are distributed before the event.

 

Pyrenees 2019                                                                     Alps 2019

Pyrenees 2019 Guide Book Cover   Alps 2019 Guide Book Cover

 

Here are some past examples of Rider Training Guides / Hand Books:

 

Haute Route Oman 2019 guide book - LINK

 

Training Guide for the Haute Route 2018

Haute Route Training Guide 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Training Guide for the Haute Route 2017

Haute Route Guide Book 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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                                                            Summer 2019

Grimpeur 300 Feb 2019  Grimpeur Summer 2019

 

Autumn 2019

Grimpeur Magazine Autumn 2019

 

GPX Files

We will also 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 day will look like?

  • Wake up between 0500 and 0600 - depending on the stage start time
  • Breakfast between 0530 and 0700 - depending on the stage start time. All breakfasts are included
  • Leave your bags at the reception. twowheeltours staff will transport the bags to our next hotel and place it in your room
  • Drop your mussette(s) at reception, you will see those bags again on course/at the stage finish, they will be with the twowheeltours ON COURSE vehicles. In those bags you can put nutrition, extra clothing and/or leave clothing at the rest stops. For you finish bag you can pack comfortable shoes, t-shirt or wind vest and any other clothes
  • Stage start between 0700 and 0800 - from 0900 for the Time Trial
  • You will see our ON COURSE vehicles during each stage for assistance. It varies as to which rest stop they are for each stage, due to weather and the distance of the stage. At the end of each stage you will find a twowheeltours staff member to welcome you. You can get a cold drink, offer you something to eat, pass along your mussette and give you directions to lunch and the location of the hotel 
  • Stage finish between 1130 and 1700 
  • A hot lunch is served by the race organisers on Stages 1>6
  • Massages and hot showers are available near the finish line - on offer from the race organisers. If you want a massage from the race organisers, you will need to register when you arrive. A time slot will be given to everyone, to avoid waiting. twowheeltours will have their own massage therapist on tour
  • Briefing for riders at 1830 in the race village - a representative from twowheeltours will be at the briefing to collect information to share with you at dinner
  • Dinner with twowheeltours usually from 1830

 

Extras you will receive

  • Full Haute Route cycling kit including a jersey, knicks and arm-coolers
  • Hundreds of Marshals along the route and at intersections
  • Motorcycle escorts, many of whom have assisted at the TdF in years past  (1 escort for every 15/17 riders)
  • Presence of security vehicles to escort the peloton (including a sag wagon/bus)
  • Medical team who are also on the road during the event and at each finish village
  • Mavic Mechanical support during the race and at the villages
  • Timing and tracking system, see how fast you got to the top of all the cols
  • For your bike and for identification you will receive a personalised frame plate (for your handlebars) and an official numbers to wear on your jersey
  • Rest stops at the tops of cols and also along the route with food, drinks and energy products
  • Daily rankings (Solo, Team, and by age group and sex)
  • Hot lunch at the end of each stage
  • Each night there is a safety briefing followed by an aperitif, offered by the race organisers. twowheeltours has our own briefing at the hotel
  • Closing party held at the finishing city
  • A medal for each finisher
  • A finishing shirt from the race organisers 

 

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

  • Secure bike park at each finish village
  • Hot showers at each finish village
  • Access to a bike wash area at each finish village
  • Videos produced daily and published to youtube which are shown during safety briefings
  • You will also receive a Haute Route travel bag with wheels and a ‘race day’ pack - these are not necessary to keep as you will be able to use your own bag and we will have a mussette for you at the finish line each day.

 

Official Guide - maps - route details:

All riders receive, in the mail, the Haute Route Official Guide - below is an example from 2016 of what the document looks like:

 

 

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

We are a Fully Catered tour, we provide you with all land based transfers from the closest airport / train station / your hotel in the host city, two nights pre and two nights post race in top level accommodation (four or five star), best possible accommodation during the race, all breakfasts and dinners, drinks including alcohol, bag logistics, staff on course and also at the finish line of each stage, staff member riding the course taking photos*, laundry, non-rider partner program with their own guide and daily activities, cooler and baskets stocked with extra food and beverages post race and personalised attention. 

 

*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.

 

You will also see twowheeltours staff on course during each stage. Each morning riders will drop their mussettes / rest stop bags at our hotel's reception which will be taken to the designated mountain passes / rest stops. Riders receive a back pack from the Race Organisers plus musettes (back packs) from twowheeltours to be on course. In this riders can put clothes / food / bottles etc. Each stage varies but you will usually see two twowheeltours staff members on each stage. 

 

The additional 'Race Bag' service from the race organisers
The rough details are - As a reminder the race bag service allows you to access extra kit your own food and any other spares at a pre-determined feed station mid-race - particularly helpful on bad weather days! Riders who purchase this service in advance will be able to pick up their customised race bag on Registration Day.
 
Travelling with twowheeltours means that you do NOT need this. We will have cars on course and you will have your backpack from the race organisers and also the twowheeltours musette to use on-course. Each night we will go over where our vehicles will be on course. In the morning, at reception you can leave you backpack &/or musettes to be collected by you on course.

  

Haute Route Video

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

 

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

 

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

 

Bike Bag - The race organisers take your bike bag from Registration to the finish village of Stage 7. Recently for the Pyrenees the start and finish village has been Pau, you bike box will stay at our hotel for the race. You can put any gear in the bike bag which you do not want to see for eight days. Many of our clients will place their HR Travel Bag (90 litres) in their bike box for a momento. There is no access to your bike bag once it is dropped off on the registration afternoon through to after Stage 7.

 

Rules - if you DNF one stage you can still start the next stage. You may not receive a shirt at the end, this up to the event organisers discretion.

 

How hard is the Haute Route?

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

 

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

 

Forty-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. 7 days is a long time, especially when it is your first HR. There is nothing worse than going hard on Stage 1 and cooking yourself for the rest of the week. 

 

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 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 

What is the difference between the 8 and 10/11 day tours?

The only difference is arrival and departure dates. We will still collect you from the designated airport/train station. You will spend one night, the night before stage 1 depart, at the same hotel as the 10/11 day riders. During the rest of the race/tour you will be at the same hotels as the other clients and eating at the same restaurants etc. You will then depart our tour on the afternoon of Stage 7. We will take you to the designated airport/train station in the closing village.

 

I would like to have a 9 or 12 day package

twowheeltours is more than happy to assist with this request. Please email us on info@twowheeltours.com.au so that we can organise exactly what you would like. We are more than able to assist you if you would like to come in two nights before the race or spend the night after Stage 7. We can be as flexible as you need.

 

You are 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. 

 

Rooming

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

 

Hotels 

Hotels are listed soon after the Haute Route releases the race routes. We strive to get the best possible accommodation during the race. Pre and post race you will stay in top level accommodation. 

 

Wifi - Internet Access

Our hotels all have internet, the majority have it in rooms but once in a while you may need to access it from the lobby. We have never had problems getting on line with multiple devices for the one person - so using your mobile, laptop etc is okay.

 

What about transporting my bike to the event?

Packing your bike with care and in a specific case. This is the safest way to get your bike to the start of the event in one piece. LINK

 

I have never boxed my bike before, how do I pack my bike? 

Drop into your favourite Local Bike Store (LBS) and ask them to assist you. You could ask them to do it first then build it up, then you have a go - all for a price. Or you can become a profession via youtube - LINK. Our mechanic will be there to assist with any issues.

 

Which bike box should I use?

How long is a piece of string, there are SO many out on the market it is amazing, each year there seems to be something new and improved. We have used the EVOC Bike Travel Bag since 2012 - the same exact one! They have now updated to the PRO. We have used the EVOC Travel Bag countless of times for our MTB and road tours. It has NEVER had any issues, NEVER had any damages and it is easy to use. To make life a bit easier, we use the following two 'additions' - CHAIN COVER & ROAD BIKE ADAPTOR. It may take a little longer to use this bike box but once you are back at home, the bag compacts down. When boxing the bike, we would highly recommend removing the derailleur from the derailleur-tip, it takes a few extra seconds - youtube clip - but it is always better to be safe than sorry. This is a clip is by 'Computer' a Sydney mechanic, excuse his hair and finger nails, he really is a good guy! Other options are : Polaris do some very good models - LINK or Scicon Bags - LINK or there is the Helium one which gets great reviews - LINK OR go to your LBS and get a cardboard box.

 

Where can I build my bike?

We will have a designated area at the start and finish of the tour which can be used to build your bike. With a rather substantial amount of cyclists on our tour we highly recommend and encourage that you the cyclist be able build and break down your bike. Our mechanic will be there to assist with any issues.

 

Help will be there if necessary

To assist you in building your bike there will be a Toolcase which includes all the major tools. There is also a bike stand, track pumps, torque wrench, grease, chain lube, rags, plastic gloves and hand wipes.

 

Have you ever had troubles transporting your bike on airlines?

In many years of traveling with a bike, there has never been any issues with boxing and flying with our bikes. Note, some airlines do charge for excess baggage while others do not. We do not know the policy on each carrier but we know that United, American Airlines and Lufthansa charge for bike boxes whereas Virgin Atlantic does not so long as it is under 23kg / 50 lbs & 62” / 158cm total linear cm. Qatar / Qantas allow you to bring your bike as long as it is within your 30kg limit. Please make sure you weigh your bike before you get to the airport and it is also highly recommended that you check prices and the fine print for excess luggage (ie bike bags / sporting equipment) with whoever you are flying with. Please do this before you get to the airport.

 

What time does the race start each day?

Riders start each days stage from the Haute Route Village at various times depending on the length of the day's stage. The earliest has been 7:00am. On the time trial day start times differ depending on your over-all accumulated standing. On the TT day the first rider to go is the last positioned rider, the last rider is the #1 rider.

 

What time does the race finish each day?

Again depending on the length of the day and how fast you ride. From the previous Haute Route stages finishes have concluded anywhere from 12:00pm through to 5pm.

 

Is there a minimum speed average?

Each day the race organisers set a cut off time and minimum average speed depending on the length of the stage.

 

What is there to do at the end of the days rides?

Relax, put your feet in a fountain, shower, eat then eat some more, talk to other riders, take a nap, rehydrate, grab a massage then eat and drink some more. There is generally a reasonable amount of time to relax before dinner. We mention eat twice, you may not feel like eating but this is one of the most important things you can do at the end of each stage. Even if you finish at 4:00pm, which is 'past' your normal lunch time, you will NOT make it to dinner if you do NOT EAT.

 

Tools and other equipment

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

 

What should I bring?

It is highly recommended that riders bring tubes, mini tool, brake pads (especially for those using disc brakes!), tire levers etc which you would normally take on a long ride - recommended packing list.

 

During the HR riders will need to be somewhat self sufficient. Mavic is associated with Haute Route and they will be able to assist where needed but will not change tubes for you. It is also recommend that riders bring specific spokes and derailleur tip/hanger - you will be reminded of this during the booking phase. There will be cables, chains and tires, if it gets to that point, available at stage finishes. 

 What to take with you HR Oct 2019

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 does Mavic Play?

Mavic provides 5 staff, in a fleet of 3-5 Mavic yellow cars. They follow the peloton throughout every stage. During the event, technicians in cars - or at fixed service points - will ensure rapid repairs in the case of any mechanical problems.

 

Bike servicing and washing

All riders, pre Haute Route, should have their bikes FULLY serviced including, bottom bracket wear/tear, rims checked, new tires, inner tubes, brakes and cables. At each village there are facilities to wash your bike and yes our mechanic is there to help. If you so wish, you will be able to use our tools for any of your needs. There is NO charge for our mechanical work.

 

Bike washing

Bikes do not need to be washed each day - they will be wiped down. 

 

Gearing

It is highly recommended to have a compact crank. In previous years there have been just a few riders who had standard cranks. About what to run in the rear, ask yourself this question, do you spend much of your time riding in the granny around home? If so you'll be in it a lot during the Haute Route. Also think about climbing a mountain which is 20+ kms, that can be around 2 hours of going up. The majority of our clients have a compact at the front and 11-28, this is fast changing to where a lot of our riders are arriving with a 32 on the rear. 

 

Insurance + cycling licence

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

 

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

 

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

 

Swimming in Europe 

The majority of swimming pools in Europe have a rule that swimming shorts are banned with 'speedos' being required. They state this because of health and hygene reasons. Please make sure you pack your speedos so that you can enjoy a swim after your hard earned ride.

 

Do I need a Cycling Licence?

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

 

A medical certificate signed by your Dr stating that you are fit for cycling is required. You will receive this once you have completed the HR registration. Once you have it signed by your Dr, you will be required to upload it to the HR website. twowheeltours can assist with this if necessary. Please make sure that you BRING the original document to the start of the tour. 

 

Diet - Food on Trip

Travelling away from home is always an adventure. The food in Europe is not the same as 'home'. The food in the Pyrenees is different to that in the Alps and very different to Norway and the Rockies. 

 

As we offer Fully Catered tours we supply you with breakfast and dinner. The race organisers supply you daily with lunch during the tour. 

 

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

 

If you are a vegetarian please note that being in Europe it is very difficult to get enough protein and we highly recommend that you bring your own supplements. We have had some clients who have mentioned that getting enough protein was much harder than they had imagined.

 

Sports Nutrition

Everyone has their favourites nutrition companies. Please bring along what you are happy with. Below we list what you will find at rest stops. If you are hoping to purchase supplements along the way please remember that most host villages are VERY remote and most likely will not have what you want. 

 

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

 

Food at rest stops

At the top of each col there are 'full stations' and these have: Fresh fruit - oranges and bananas; Dried fruit - figs, apricots, sultanas; Cereal bar; Cake - savoury; Cake - sweet; Ham; Cheese; Coke or cordial; Water; Hydration powder; Energy bars and Energy gels.

 

There are also 'light stations' - these are sometimes located half way up some col's or after a long flat section. These stations have: Dried fruit - figs, apricots, sultanas; Cereal bar; Water; Energy powder.

 

Bringing my own nutrition, any issues with quarantine?

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

 

Medical assistance during the Haute Route

Riders’ safety is the N°1 priority of the organisers of the Haute Route. Each year they entrust medical support to a team of professionals who are experienced with large endurance participation events (cyclosportives, running, trail running, adventure raids...).

 

The medical service on the Haute Route will be provided by a team of doctors, nurses, emergency technicians, and ambulances in sufficient numbers depending on the current rules and the specifications of the event. For medical reasons, a participant can temporarily or permanently be withdrawn from the race. A medical emergency number will be put in place so that each participant can easily, in case of a medical problem, let the Race Organisation know.

 

How safe is the Haute Route?

The route is not closed to vehicles, but it is secured and riders will benefit from a right of way during the timed sections of the race. Several hundred marshals will be present on the road to ensure the peloton’s safety, but ultimately YOU are responsible for your own safety whilst on your bike. It is an amazing experience seeing all the 'lollipop' men and women at the hunderds of intersections! In addition to the race management cars (head, middle and back of the peloton), motorbikes specialised in cycling races will surround the Haute Route participants.

 

In some regions, the Haute Route will benefit from the support of the Gendarmerie to secure the strategic crossings. An “end of race” vehicle will close the race. All riders must respect the traffic laws of the countries crossed:

 

  • To cycle on the right hand side of the road, at ALL times
  • To respect the road signs put in place by the organisation
  • To respect the traffic lights if they are not secured by motorbike or by a marshal
  • To respect other road users who are not involved in the race
  • To wear your helmet at all times
  • To display your bib on your back and your frame plate on the front of the handlebars at all times

 

Most stages start with a secured and non-timed convoy of all the participants, at a regulated speed, until the real start line (when timing starts). Each rider has to respect the instructions given by the race management team. When the real finish line of the stage (when timing stops) is located before the arrival in a host city, riders will have to continue to abide by the traffic laws for the remaining kilometers, especially as they won’t be benefiting from any right of way.

  

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

There is no doubt about it, the fitter you are the more fun you will have. The race orgnisers have a cut off time for each stage. That can vary depending on the distance of the day and the difficulty of the day's stage. We have had many clients on our Haute Route tours over the years. Some have finished in the top 5 and others have finished in the bottom 5. The secret to finishing the tour is being able to complete 7 had days of cycling, back to back etc. Also do not stop for 30 mins at the rest stops, keep moving.

 

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

 

Clothing and washing

It is recommended that riders bring at least 3 sets of cycling clothing. twowheeltours gives you a wash/laundry bag [WB] at the start of the tour. We will wash your kits during the tour. We will not put the WB in the dryer. On wash days there is a collection bag left near reception. Riders get their WB back before dinner. 

 

You will receive a Haute Route cycling kit which all riders are encouraged to wear on the first and last day. It is up to you whether you want to wear it or not.

 

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

 

Is there gear that I HAVE to wear?

You can cycle in whatever gear you would like. It is not mandatory to cycle in the Haute Route kit.

 

Clothing

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

 

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

You main focus once you have booked with us is training and booking your flights. You will be required to complete some twowheeltours paper work which you will be emailed closer to the start of the event.

 

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

 

Paper work

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

 

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

As the route changes yearly this is difficult to answer. We at twowheeltours offer you the best accommodation that is available to us, some hotels are very large while others are small. Please remember that some of the finish villages are not very big and a small transfer may be necessary to get to the hotel/start line.

 

Location of Hotels

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

 

Non-riding partners

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

 

Payment

Upon booking a deposit is required, 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.

  

What wheels should I bring?

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

 

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

Advice for first time Multi-Day Events

We have 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:

 

These events are not new. They are new to you. Haute Route started in 2011 and Ride Across Portugal in 2017. Hundreds of riders have completed these events before and we look forward to welcoming you to these huge families.

 

The stages are not ALL about climbs, remember what goes up must come down and there are all those rolling hills and flat areas where teamwork is an advantage! Make sure you have done some bunch riding before you come to any cyclo-sportive. 

 

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

 

Use a Tour Operator, twowheeltours.

Paolo - Italy 

 

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 twoweeltours and Will's staff.

Sergio - Italy

 

Preparation. Most important is consistent training. 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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Get a good training program that focuses on hill climbing and endurance - do the prep and you will enjoy it.

Michelle - 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
  • 6 Day Tours vary depending on the event location - please contact twowheeltours for more information  

 

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

Haute Route Pyrenees Stages 2020

INFO on the 2020 Course:

A CLOSER LOOK AT EACH STAGE 

 

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!

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