2014 Haute Route Alps course confirmed featuring the ‘Giants of the Alps’

Geneva to Nice, 4th edition

2014 will see the fourth edition of the Haute Route Alps and today’s announcement confirms the Haute Route’s status as offering the Highest and Toughest Cyclosportives in the World as the new course, 90% of which is new compared to last year, will include many of the Alpine ‘Giants’.

The Haute Route Alps 2014 course will be a legendary one following a ‘West Line’ compared to the traditional ‘East Line’ courses in previous years and, as such, will come back to Alpe d’Huez and will discover the world-famous Mont Ventoux for the first time. At 1,912m Mont Ventoux is known as the ‘Giant of Provence’ and its isolated position in the south-west part of the Alps ensures that it dominates the entire region. It is one of the most mythical ascents of the cycling planet and will be one of the main highlights of the 2014 Haute Route Alps course.

Ascent of Alpe d'Huez © Manu Molle
Ascent of Alpe d’Huez © Manu Molle

The Haute Route Alps will take place between 24th to 30th August 2014, between the new Haute Route Dolomites-Swiss Alps and the Haute Route Pyrenees. This 4th edition will see the 500 amateur riders tackle over 904kms of mountain terrain, climbing a total of 21,400m across 20 mythical cols and ascents including four mountain top finishes. The 7 fully timed stages will revisit many ‘Haute Route classics’ including Colombière, Cormet de Roselend, Courchevel, Madeleine, Glandon and Alpe d’Huez. The second main highlight of the 2014 course will be the double ascent of Alpe d’Huez as the arrival of the Marathon Stage on day 3 and the summit of the Individual Time Trial on day 4.

“The host cities for the departure and arrival, Geneva and Nice, remain unchanged and we thank these international and iconic cities for their trust in this event since it began in 2011,” said Jean-François Alcan, Haute Route Race Director. “Megève, Courchevel, Alpe d’Huez and Digne-les-Bains make up the course host venues with both Alpe d’Huez and Digne-les-Bains accommodating the riders for two consecutive nights. We thank these venues for their support and know that the Haute Route and all the riders will be warmly welcomed.”

The 2014 route offers seven timed stages in the following formats – 5 ‘classic’ stages, a ‘marathon’ stage (137km and 4,650m of vertical ascent) and the Alpe d’Huez Individual Time Trial.

Haute Route Alps 2014 Stage by Stage:

  • Event Village, Saturday 23rd August: Geneva
  • Stage 1: Sunday 24th August: Geneva - Megève (130km, 3100m D+)
  • Stage 2: Monday 25th August: Megève - Courchevel (130km, 3900m D+)
  • Stage 3: Tuesday 26th August: Courchevel - Alpe d’Huez (137km, 4650m D+)
  • Stage 4: Wednesday 27th August: Bourg d’Oisans - Alpe d’Huez ITT (15km, 1100m D+)
  • Stage 5: Thursday 28th August: Bourg d’Oisans - Digne-les-Bains (187km, 2900m D+)
  • Stage 6: Friday 29th August: Digne-les-Bains - Mont Ventoux (145km, 3050m D+)
  • Stage 7: Saturday 30th August: Digne-les-Bains - Nice (160km, 2700m D+)

Haute Route Alps 2014 Cols & Ascents:

  • Stage 1: Colombière 1618m / Croix Fry 1477m / Aravis 1487m
  • Stage 2: Saisies 1650m / Cormet de Roselend 1967m / Courchevel 1850m
  • Stage 3: Madeleine 1993m / Glandon 1924m / Alpe d’Huez 1850m
  • Stage 4: Alpe d’Huez 1860m
  • Stage 5: Ornon 1371m / Parquetout 1398m / Festre 1441m / Espréaux 1160m
  • Stage 6: Notre Dame Abeilles 996m / Mont Ventoux 1912m
  • Stage 7: Corobin 1211m / Lèques 1146m / St Barnabé 1365m / Bleine 1439m / Vence 962m

Haute Route Alps 2014 in numbers:

  • Total distance: 904km
  • Cols & Ascents: 20
  • Total Ascent: 21,400m
  • Total Descent: 17,800m
  • 5 Classic stages + 1 Marathon Stage + 1 Individual Time Trial
  • Highest col: Madeleine 1,993m
  • Marathon stage (stage 3): 137km, 3 cols and ascents, 4,650m of climbing

To relive the 2013 Haute Route Alps, watch the 26-minute documentary: