In case you missed it, we recently shared 5 reasons to ride the Haute Route Pyrenees and 5 reasons to ride the Haute Route Norway. Both taking place in August, these contrasting events each offer their own charm, their own challenge and their own unique characteristics. Read on below to find out more about the 5 reasons to ride each of these events, maybe it will help you pick an event for this summer if you’re yet to make a choice!
5 Reasons to ride the Haute Route Pyrenees
Here are our top 5 reasons to ride the Haute Route Pyrenees in 2019.
#1 Conquer The Mighty Col Du Tourmalet
Tick this incredible Pyrenean climb off your bucket list with the summit finish on stage 4
#2 Discover The Hidden Beauty Of This Incredible Region
Enjoy the empty roads, encounters with wild animals and unique atmosphere for which the Pyrenees is world renowned amongst cyclists. Discover the Col des Spandelles, Col d’Hourcère, Hourquette d’Ancizan and Port de Balès
#3 Ride The Double Double
Ride the Double-Double of the Col d’Aubisque and Col du Soulor on stages 6 and 7. Get to know these famous climbs inside out as you summit them from both sides.
#4 Enjoy Simple Logistics Throughout The Week
Featuring just three different host towns (Pau, Argelès-Gazost, Bagnères de Luchon) you will get to make the most of your riding, recovery time and rider services.
#5 Celebrate In Style
Hosted in the Palais Beaumont, the Closing Ceremony of the Haute Route Pyrenees is not to be missed. Uniting as finishers following an incredible week of cycling, you will be able to enjoy a stylish closing ceremony in the ballroom of the exquisite Palais Beaumont.
5 Reasons to ride the Haute Route Norway
Here are our top 5 reasons to ride the second edition of the Haute Route Norway this August.
#1 Start Your Adventure Underwater
The Haute Route Norway course starts with a ride through the Ryfast Tunnel. Reaching -292m beneath sea-level, this ride through the Ryfast Tunnel is a once in a lifetime affair before the tunnel is opened to traffic in September. Check out the video animation below.
#2 A Uniquely Norwegian Experience
Get the full Fjords of Norway experience on Day 2 with a Ferry transfer from Stavanger to Lysebotn. Passing under the Kjerag Rock and Pulpit Rock on the way, you will have unrivalled views on these two prized tourism destinations.
#3 The Norwegian Alpe d’Huez
The only major climb of the weekend is not to be underestimated. Starting at the end of the Lysefjord, the Lysebotn climb averages 10% for over 8km and features 20 switchbacks.
#4 Unrivalled Riding Conditions
Winding coastal roads, minimal traffic, perfect tarmac. What else can you ask for? The roads and views that you will discover on the Haute Route Norway are second to none. The town of Stavanger is also exactly what you would expect: with colourful wooden houses, a vibrant nightlife, great food and incredible views.
#5 The Ideal Location For A Summer Getaway
Discover the beauty of the Stavanger Region