Our rider’s safety and experience are at the core of the Haute Route philosophy, and this comes down to the details of every course we create. That is why the descent and particularly dangerous sections of our courses are not timed. Take the time to regroup with friends, team members or simply enjoy your surroundings during non-timed sections of the race.
The 2023 edition of the Haute Route Alps will set out from the beautiful rolling hills of the ski resort, Megève. Offering lush, green forests and meadows and panoramic views of the Mont Blanc massif, this 7-day race is guaranteed to make you feel like a pro. First on the menu is the Col de Romme eat an altitude of 1297m+ and located in the region Haute Savoie, this famous climb was featured in the eighth stage of the 2021 Tour de France. Known for its quiet roads and beautiful views, take some time to enjoy a moment of tranquillity before you reach the top, where on a clear day, you may even be lucky enough to spot the top of the Colombière! Next, it´s time to take on another Tour de France gem, the Col de la Colombière, a stunning, winding alpine pass, making it a popular climb for cyclists aplenty. Before heading back down to Megève, there´s one final climb up to Col des Aravis, the second most travelled pass in the Alps and featured over 40 times on the Tour de France. With plenty of roads and cols made famous by the Grand Tour, Stage One will leave you feeling like a pro and ready for six more epic days on the road.
Stage Two of the 2023 Haute Route Alps is one you will not forget. Starting in Megeve and ending in the famous Alpe d´Huez, all eyes will be on the famous Col du Glandon. A tough but unforgettable climb, take on the roads ridden by many of the greats on this iconic climb, boasting 1300m+ of ascension. A top tip for this legendary climb – take a moment of respite with a welcome straight flat in the middle, but take note, the heaviest is yet to come in the last seven kilometres. After topping the col, riders will enjoy the remote and scenic nine-kilometre traverse into Alpe d’Huez through Villard-Reculas, where its legendary switchbacks are savoured for Stage Three of the race…
Stage Three sets off in the beautiful commune of Bourg-d’Oisans, located in the valley of the Romanche river with 82km and 2900m of climbing ahead of you. The main course of the day will no doubt be the spectacular loop to Alpe d’Huez via the Route des Travers, heading to the bottom of the Col de Sarenne where the impressive Barrage du Chambon awaits. The quiet road to Sarenne winds deep into the Alps, with sprawling views you must see to believe. After crossing Alpe d’Huez for the first time, riders will descent in the opposite direction as the previous stage, making their way back into the valley and finally, taking on the iconic Alpe d´Huez climb with the 21 legendary switchbacks.
Col du Galibier
Get ready for the biggest stage of the 2023 Haute Route Alps, the Queen stage where three incredible climbs await. Riders will begin the morning with the renowned Col de la Croix de Fer – best known for its winding roads and ever-changing gradient, prepare to traverse through forests, tackle climbs an enjoy the high, open meadows. Next, comes the Télégraphe, where a number of hair pin turns lead you to lush, green forest landscapes. Don´t forget to take a moment to enjoy the magnificent view over the valley just a few steps away from the summit. Finally, all eyes will turn to the magnificent Galibier standing at 2642m high where steep switchbacks await. Churning out equal amounts of breath-taking beauty and heart-breaking double-figure ramps, this incredible climb is sure to keep you on your toes. And after the climb, prepare to be rewarded with a fantastic view of the summit, with the Mont Blanc in the background it´s sure to ease the pain of another testing day.
Serre Chevalier Briançon
Col du Granon
Choosing the location for the Haute Route Alps time trial is always a fun task. It’s an opportunity to condense everything we love about riding in the Alps into one all-out uphill blast. And the 2023 time trial is no exception. For the second time, Col du Granon will host the finish line for the uphill time trial. Churning out equal amounts of breathtaking beauty and heart-breaking double-figure ramps, this 15km climb from Serre Chevalier Briançon to Col du Granon will keep the best of them on their toes.
Serre Chevalier Briançon
The penultimate stage of the Haute Route Alps 2023 will set off from Serre Chevalier Briançon. With steady gradients and epic views of the Écrins mountain rang, this is the perfect warm-up for a challenging day ahead. After traversing through France, all eyes will focus on the first big climb of the day: Col d’Izoard. The scene of countless Tour battles (36 to be precise), Izoard will not disappoint. Climbing from the south, past the incomparable Casse Déserte, riders will reach the summit where incredible vistas await. Before the race into Cuneo begins, riders will descent to Chateau-Queyras, heading directly to the start of the legendary Col d’Agnel. Featured in both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, this special climb is the third-highest paved road in the Alps. The stage comes to an end at the vibrant Italian city of Cuneo.
The 2023 edition of the Haute Route Alps will end with a bang, as riders leave Italy and head towards Nice. Conquering four epic cols in 144km and accruing 2800m+ across two countries, the final stage is not pulling any punches. First on the list is the Col de Tende, right on the border of Italy and France, with an impressive 46 switchbacks above the Tende tunnel. As riders make there way into France, next on this list is the Col de Brouis at 88km long and 879m high, followed closely by the Col de Braus. Last but not least is the Col de Nice, as you take on this final challenge of the race, get ready to be welcomes by the stunning seaside metropolis of Nice.