Pyrenees 2015: Overview
15TH TO 21ST AUGUST 2015
802km | 18300M+ | 11750M-
7 consecutive stages from Saturday 15th to Friday 21st August
Haute Route Grand Depart Village open on Friday 14th August
Non-timed parade on Friday 14th August at 4pm
Nearest airports: Biarritz-Anglet (Bordeaux, San Sebastian and Bilbao), Toulouse
The most challenging and prestigious course in the history of the Haute Route Pyrenees. Reversing the direction of previous Haute Route Pyrenees courses to maximize the climbing, the 2015 route will begin in the beautiful Atlantic resort of Anglet Basque Coast, on 15th of August, and makes its way in an eastwards direction to finish for the first time in France’s fourth biggest city, Toulouse on 21st of August. On Friday 14th August in the mid-afternoon at 4pm, for the first time in the history of the Haute Route Pyrenees, riders will kick-start their challenge with a non-timed parade in the heart of Anglet.
Jean-François Alcan, Race Director of the Haute Route Pyrenees, on the new arrival city of Toulouse: “From a pure racing point of view, moving from Barcelona to Toulouse will allow us to deliver a much more challenging course with the strong concentration of tough climbs in the central Pyrenees, and to stick to the timed and ranked essence of the Haute Route.
By holding the race on a west-to-east course we’ve been able to include the ascent of climbs steeped in cycling history including the famous cols of Tourmalet, Peyresourde, Aubisque, Aspin, Soulor and Hautacam. The peloton will have the opportunity to discover lesser known but equally as challenging cols, including the long and sharp ascent of the Port de Balès. With four top-finish arrivals in La Pierre Saint-Martin, Superbagnères, Hautacam and Pla d’Adet, the Haute Route Pyrenees is as demanding as its Alps and Dolomites Swiss Alps counterparts.
Haute Route Pyrenees 2015 Stage by Stage:
Friday 14th August: Grand Village Depart and non-timed parade
Stage 1, Saturday 15th August: Anglet to La Pierre Saint-Martin (137km, 3450m D+)
Stage 2, Sunday 16th August: Pau to Pau (159km, 2550m D+)
Stage 3, Monday 17th August: Pau to Hautacam (103km, 2900m D+)
Stage 4, Tuesday 18th August: Argelès-Gazost to Saint-Lary Soulan (113km, 3350m D+)
Stage 5, Wednesday 19th August: ITT Saint-Lary Soulan to Pla d’Adet (12km, 950m D+)
Stage 6, Thursday 20th August: Saint-Lary Soulan to Superbagnères (155km, 1200m D+)
Stage 7, Friday 21st August: Bagnères-de-Luchon to Toulouse (157km, 1300m D+)