Dolomites Swiss Alps 2015: Overview
31ST AUGUST TO 6TH SEPTEMBER 2015
906km | 19700M+ | 17500M-
7 consecutive stages from Monday 31st August to Sunday 6th September
Haute Route Grand Depart Village open on Sunday 30th August
Non-timed parade on Sunday 30th August at 4pm
Nearest airports: Geneva, Venice
A largely changed route, with more than 50% of the course new compared to last year, featuring 12 breathtaking new ascents and a record amount of climbing in the second edition of the Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps in 2015 (August 31st to September 6th). This new course will offer the toughest ever Haute Route course and includes the giants of the region new to the event, such as, the Passo del Bernina, Passo Sella and Forcola di Livigno on the west-to-east course — a first for the event.
The 906km course covers a staggering 19,700 vertical metres of climbing between Geneva, Switzerland and the race finish in Venice, Italy. While the event is set to live up to its billing as the world’s highest and toughest cyclosportive, riders can still rely on the trademark combination of professional-level rider support and unrivalled post-ride facilities after the organisers have announced the inclusion of tried and tested host venues from last year’s inaugural event.
“Every Haute Route course is special but we think this one takes some beating,” said Race Director, Laurent Bezault. “Running the event in reverse has allowed us to include some staggeringly challenging and dramatic new terrain. But we’ve also kept climbs from 2014 that capture the very spirit and drama of cycling in the Dolomites, like the fearsome Passo dello Stelvio, Passo di Gavia, Passo Pordoï and Passo Giau. This route will make for an unforgettable experience.”
At 2,758m, the Stelvio’s summit is the highest point of the entire Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps and provides the sting in the tale for stage four. Ranked as the hardest of the race, barely an inch of flat tarmac can be found on this stage featuring five summits above 2,000m and 3,650 vertical metres of climbing over just 96km in distance between St Moritz and Bormio.
Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps 2015 - Stage by Stage:
Event Village: Sunday 30th August: Geneva
Stage 1: Monday 31st August: Geneva — Crans-Montana (176km, 4050m +)
Stage 2: Tuesday 1st September: Crans-Montana — Andermatt (144km, 3150m +)
Stage 3: Wednesday 2nd September: Saint Moritz — Passo del Bernina ITT (22.5km, 550m+)
Stage 4: Thursday 3rd September: Saint Moritz — Bormio (96km, 3250km +)
Stage 5: Friday 4th September: Bormio — Merano (148km, 3550m +)
Stage 6: Saturday 5th September: Merano — Cortina d’Ampezzo 140km, 3300m +)
Stage 7: Sunday 6th September: Cortina d’Ampezzo — Venice (174km, 1850m +)