ICYMI: 5 Reasons to ride Haute Route Stelvio and Haute Route Alpe d’Huez


​In case you missed it, this week we published 5 reasons to ride both the Haute Route Stelvio and Haute Route Alpe d’Huez. Read on below to find out why one of these two events (or both) could be for you this summer!

#1 Climb two sides of the Stelvio in the same weekend
Participants in the 2019 edition will finish the first stage with a climb up Passo dello Stelvio from Prato allo Stelvio, and time trial up this infamous climb from Bormio on the final day.

#2 Enjoy the thermal baths for some recovery
Choose from three different locations, each presenting its own charm, or go to a different one each evening and make the most of the baths to recover and relax between each stage.

#3 Discover The Beauty Of This Incredible RegionAbove and beyond the Passo dello Stelvio, discover the beauty of this incredible region with climbs up the Passo Gavia and Passo Mortirolo on the second stage.

#4 Conquer the most famous Italian climb as a Duo
The Haute Route Stelvio is the only event in 2019 which is a Duo Only event. Meaning you can team up with a friend, family member or club mate and conquer the most famous Italian mountains as a Duo.

#5 Refuel with the best of the local delicacies

Whether it be in the quaint restaurants in the old town, local bakeries with abundant sweet treats or small mountain restaurants out on the road, the Bormio region has plenty of gastronomical options to choose from. Perfect examples are Pizzoccheri or the famed Braulio apéritif drink.


#1 The most famous climb in all of cycling
The 21 bends linking Bourg d’Oisans to Alpe d’Huez. Steeped in cycling folklore, images and stories of this climb have been seen and told all across the globe.

#2 Three shades of blue
Enjoy stunning views over the three man-made lakes of the region. Each a different shade of blue, the Lac du Chambon, Lac du Verney and Lac de Grand Maison might help you take your mind off the task at hand whilst climbing the many cols of the weekend.

#3 Ride through wallpaper-like panorama over the Balcons d’Auris

#4 Back to back ascents of the Col de la Croix de Fer
How many other events can you name where you get to ride both sides of such a famous climb in such quick succession? Tick both ascents off your bucket list in the space of just a couple hours.

#5 An incomparable cycling destination
Discover the Original course of the 2019 Haute Route Alpe d’Huez, and the many iconic climbs that you will get to conquer in the vicinity of Alpe d’Huez.