54.3 Miles | 7370 Ft (87.3 km | 2246 M+) · Friday, June 29
For Stage 7, the Mavic Haute Route Rockies is going where even the USA Pro Challenge wouldn’t: the 14,100-foot summit of Pikes Peak! Though the Pikes Peak Highway is open to cyclists year round, this route, which begins at 8,500 feet above sea level in Woodland Park, has never before been featured in any amateur or professional cycling event.
Traditionally, cyclists and motorists access the Pikes Peak Highway through the main gate at the base of the mountain, and then climb up the road to the start line for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which will also be the start of a 12.4-mile timed segment. For the first time ever, Haute Route has secured access to this starting line by way of a little-known road through private land. Along the way there will be 3.6 miles on well-maintained dirt roads and riders will pass two incredible mountain lakes while enjoying views of Pikes Peak few others get to see.
Once on Pikes Peak Highway, riders will face a 12.4-mile paved ascent that gains 4720 vertical feet. Retired pro cyclist, Phil Gaimon, won the 2017 USA Cycling Hill Climb National Championship from this start line in 1:08:46, whereas fit amateur cyclists should expect the climb to take 1:30:00 to 1:45:00.
The views from the Pikes Peak Highway and atop Pikes Peak are breathtaking, and riders who achieve the summit earn the reward of a thrilling 26-mile descent that drops 7900 feet to Garden of the Gods and one final sharp half-mile climb before the stage finish and party!
The stage cols will be available soon