OC Sport, organisers of the Haute Route are announcing a largely changed route, with more than 50% of the course new compared to last year, featuring 12 breathtaking new ascents and a record amount of climbing in the second edition of the Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps in 2015 (August 31st to September 6th). This new course will offer the toughest ever Haute Route course and includes the giants of the region new to the event, such as, the Passo del Bernina, Passo Sella and Forcola di Livigno on the west-to-east course — a first for the event.
The 900km course covers a staggering 23,500 vertical metres of climbing between Geneva, Switzerland and the race finish in Venice, Italy. While the event is set to live up to its billing as the world’s highest and toughest cyclosportive, riders can still rely on the trademark combination of professional-level rider support and unrivalled post-ride facilities after the organisers have announced the inclusion of tried and tested host venues from last year’s inaugural event.
“Every Haute Route course is special but we think this one takes some beating,” said Race Director, Laurent Bezault. “Running the event in reverse has allowed us to include some staggeringly challenging and dramatic new terrain. But we’ve also kept climbs from 2014 that capture the very spirit and drama of cycling in the Dolomites, like the fearsome Passo dello Stelvio, Passo di Gavia, Passo Pordoï and Passo Giau. This route will make for an unforgettable experience.”
At 2,758m, the Stelvio’s summit is the highest point of the entire Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps and provides the sting in the tale for stage four. Ranked as the hardest of the race, barely an inch of flat tarmac can be found on this stage featuring five summits above 2,000m and 4,500 vertical metres of climbing over just 96km in distance between St Moritz and Bormio.
With the first half of race in Switzerland and the second in Italy, riders will stay at the premium international host venues of Geneva, Andermatt, St Moritz, Bormio, Merano, Cortina d’Ampezzo and Venice. The route also offers the chance to tackle some of last year’s climbs in reverse while the ascent of Passo Pordoi on the penultimate day is on entirely new road compared to last year. A key objective of the organiser’s in planning the second edition of the Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps was to reschedule the event in early September in order to avoid the busiest tourist season of the summer that will result in less traffic on the roads, ensuring improved safety for the riders and ease the logistics.
The next registration phase runs between 1st and 15th December (€1600 entry fee) with three registration phases already completed. The Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps forms will be the final event of three week’s of amateur racing across the Pyrenees, Alps and Dolomites. There are a number of different types of entry offers — Individual, Iron Rider (two events), Triple Crown (three events), Team and Charity Rider.All entry information can be found on the Haute Route’s website. Exclusive video coverage of the race will again be a feature of all three Haute Route 2015 editions. Highlights of 2014’s events can be found on the Haute Route YouTube channel.
As in the Alps and Pyrenees events, a compact edition of the Haute Route will run over the first stages. The Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps Compact (August 31st to September 1st 2015) starts in Geneva over a course featuring seven summits and 7,000 vertical metres of climbing to Andermatt.
Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps 2015 - Stage by Stage:
Event Village: Sunday 30th August: Geneva
Stage 1: Monday 31st August: Geneva — Canton of Valais (164km, 3500m +)
Stage 2: Tuesday 1st September: Canton of Valais — Andermatt (144km, 3750m +)
Stage 3: Wednesday 2nd September: Saint Moritz — Passo del Bernina ITT (14km)
Stage 4: Thursday 3rd September: Saint Moritz — Bormio (96km, 3560m +)
Stage 5: Friday 4th September: Bormio — Merano (148km, 4000m +)
Stage 6: Saturday 5th September: Merano — Cortina D’Ampezzo 140km, 4320m +)
Stage 7: Sunday 6th September: Cortina D’Ampezzo — Venice (193km, 3670m +)
Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps 2015 - Cols & Ascents:
Stage 1: Col de Cou 1116m / Col de Terramont 1096m / Col du Grand Taillet 1041m / Col du Pas de Morgins 1369m, Final ascent to resort
Stage 2: Furkapass 2436m / Oberalppass 2046m
Stage 3: Passo del Bernina 2330m (Individual time trial)
Stage 4: Passo del Bernina 2330m / Forcola di Livigno 2315m / Passo d’Eira 2208m / Passo Foscagno 2291m / Passo dello Stelvio 2758m
Stage 5: Passo Gavia 2652m / Passo del Tonale 1884m / Passo Castrina 1785m
Stage 6: Passo Sella 2240m / Passo Pordoï 2239m / Passo Falzarego 2105m
Stage 7: Passo Giau 2236m / Forcella Staulenza 1773m / Passo Duran 1605m / Passo San Boldo 706m
Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps 2015 in numbers:
Total distance: 900km
Cols & Ascents: 23
Total Ascent: 23,500m
Total Descent: 15,600m
4 Classic stages, 2 Marathon Stages, 1 Individual Time Trial
Highest Point: Passo dello Stelvio 2,758m