Mavic Rockies 2017: Overview

Mavic Rockies 2017

24TH TO 30TH JUNE 2017 | 815KM | 15,000M+

From Boulder to Colorado Springs
Seven timed, ranked and fully-supported stages from Saturday 24th to Friday 30th June
Start Village opens on Friday 23rd June
Nearest major airport: Denver International, Colorado Springs

Carving through the heartland of American cycling, the Mavic Haute Route Rockies 2017 will feature an unforgettable combination of jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking climbs. The event offers committed amateur riders the opportunity to compete with a professional level of off-the-bike support unprecedented in US amateur cycling.

The first ever week of Haute Route riding in North America features a total of 815 kilometres (507 miles) of riding in the spectacular setting of the Rocky Mountains and 15,000 metres of climbing (49,260ft). The event kicks off on June 24, 2017 from Boulder, Colorado and finishes on June 30 at Colorado Springs.

The week of seven timed and ranked stages includes 16 ascents, 14 of which are above 2,500 metres of altitude. Among the classic ascents are Independence Pass, Kebler Pass and Berthoud Pass, all of which are above 3,000 metres. The climbs are generally not as steep as typically found in the European Haute Route events and 20% of the distance will consist of hard packed dirt roads.

Chandler Smith, the Mavic Haute Route Rockies Course Director, said: “The Rockies are simply stunning and we have chosen some classic climbs that we feel sure will test and enthrall our competitors. The climbs may not all be the consistent 8-10% gradients like some in Europe but they will reward the sort of steady determined riding that has always typified Haute Route competitors.”

“Highlights during the week will undoubtedly include the highest climb - Independence Pass – while Magnolia Drive, which is the steepest with some ramps at 16%, will also surprise the riders”, he added. “On top of this, any section of dirt road will be memorable, especially the jaw-dropping beauty of Trough Road and Sopris Creek Road.”

Riders will benefit from full mechanical assistance from the event’s Title Partner Mavic – drawing on decades of experience supporting the pro peloton in cycling’s Grand Tours – in addition to daily stage timings, feed stations and Mavic’s exclusive event jersey, bib shorts and arm warmers. Off the bike, daily massages, food in the village and transfer of luggage to accommodation between stages is provided – all hallmarks of the comprehensive event support experienced by riders in the European Haute Route series since 2011.

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Mavic Haute Route Rockies 2017 Stage by Stage*:

Stage 1: Boulder - Boulder (112km, 1,900M+ / 69 miles, 6,280 feet)
Ascent: Sunshine Canyon 2,849m / 9,338ft

Stage 2: Boulder - Winter Park (129km, 3,300M+ / 80 miles, 10,880 feet)
Cols & ascents: Magnolia Drive 2,501m / 8,205ft, Central City Pkwy Climb 2,712m / 8,898ft, Berthoud Pass 3,446m / 11,307ft

Stage 3: Winter Park - Avon (153km, 2,000M+ / 95 miles, 6,630 feet)
Cols & ascents: Cottonwood Pass 2,713m / 8,901ft, Trough Road 2,500m / 8,202ft, Wolcott 2,510m / 8,235ft

Stage 4: ITT Avon - Avon (17km, 650M+ / 11 miles, 2,060 feet)
Cols & ascents: Mountain Star 2,584m / 8,478ft, Wildridge 2,646m / 8,681ft

Stage 5: Avon - Snowmass Village (164km, 2,700M+ / 102 miles, 8,850 feet)
Cols & ascents: Battle Mountain 2,792m / 9,161ft, Tennessee Pass 3,177m / 10,424ft, Independence Pass 3,687m / 12,095ft

Stage 6: Snowmass Village - Crested Butte (170km, 3,000M+ / 106 miles, 9,970 feet)
Cols & ascents: Sopris Creek Road 2,474m / 8,117ft, McClure Pass 2,669m / 8,755ft, Kebler Pass 3,050m / 10,007ft

Stage 7: Colorado Springs - Colorado Springs (70km, 1,400M+ / 44 miles, 4,590 feet)
Ascent: Gold Camp Road 2,275m / 7,464ft

*Please note that routes are subject to change, pending approval of permit applications.

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