The month of January has been a busy one in the Haute Route world! All the courses have now been revealed for the 2019 events in Europe, with a number of new features across the board as well as many popular features remaining unchanged. Today we take a look at four highlights from each course announcement to help you decide which event is for you in 2019:
Haute Route Dolomites – June 7th to 9th, Cortina d’Ampezzo
1. A new prestigious host town in Cortina d’Ampezzo with a quaint, pedestrianised town centre. Enjoy the luxury boutiques, the various local restaurants and much more.
2. Five cols above 2100M on the first stage: Passo Falzarego, Passo Pordoi, Passo Sella, Passo Gardena, Passo Valparola.
3. A summit finish on the Tre Cime di Lavaredo at 2320M above sea level.
4. Time Trial up the Passo Giau, the venue of a stunning stage on the 2015 Haute Route Dolomites where riders weaved their way over the snow-capped peak.
Haute Route Alpe d’Huez – July 12th to 14th, Alpe d’Huez
1. Three days of incredible riding on and around the most famous cycling destination in the world, featuring three different ascents to Alpe d’Huez.
2. A double ascent of the Col de la Croix de Fer on stage 1
3. An uphill time trial on the 21 bends as the climax to your memorable weekend
4. The ideal location for an extended stay with a variety of other outdoor sports options for you and your family, as well as an ideal location to discover other famous climbs such as the Col du Glandon.
Haute Route Norway – August 2nd to 4th, Stavanger
1. Start the first stage under a Fjord! No, it’s not Zwift, it’s the real world and the first stage of the 2019 Haute Route Norway begins 292m beneath sea level in the Ryfast Tunnel
2. Traverse the Fjords by Ferry. Take the Ferry across the Lysefjord on day two to reach the start line in Lysebotn, and return to Stavanger at the end of stage 1 with a Ferry from Tau.
3. Enjoy the most accessible course of all 13 Haute Route events in 2019, featuring just one major climb and mostly rolling hills on stunning roads along the Fjords.
4. Discover the stunning Stavanger Region, an exciting new cycling destination. Walk through the old town, enjoy a coffee as the sun sets over the port, and visit the iconic Kjerag Rock and Pulpit Rock viewpoints.
Haute Route Stelvio – September 20th to 22nd, Bormio
1. The only Duo-Only Haute Route event in 2019, team up with a friend or family member to conquer the mighty Stelvio together!
2. Team up for the Compact course and conquer one major Italian climb per day: Passo dello Stelvio (from Prato allo Stelvio), Passo Gavia and Passo dello Stelvio (from Bormio)
3. Enjoy the thermal baths town of Bormio nestled in the shadow of Passo dello Stelvio. Taste some of the home-cooked delicacies in the old town restaurants, fuel up at the local bakeries and play 9 holes of golf surrounded by Alpine peaks.
4. Enjoy great accommodation at the Hotel Funivia, the official event hotel and Haute Route hub in Bormio. Your best ‘cyclist friendly’ hotel in Bormio!
Haute Route Ventoux – October 4th to 6th, Bédoin
1. Conquer all three sides of the mighty Mont Ventoux in just three days.
2. Enjoy the ideal seasonal weather and stunning views of the French Provence in October. Disconnect from the cycling after the event, eat copious meals at the local restaurants and visit the vineyards to taste the local wines.
3. Snap some pictures of a sublime sunrise on the morning of stage two as you meander your way up through the Gorges de la Nesque.
4. Time Trial up the Mont Ventoux from Bédoin – the most iconic side of the Bald Mountain.