Haute Route 2015 Grand Depart and Arrival cities confirmed


15/10/2014

The organisers of the Haute Route, the World’s Highest and Toughest Cyclosportives, confirm today the Grand Depart and Arrival cities for the three Haute Route 7-day events of 2015. To give a fresh approach to these courses, OC Sport have reversed the traditional routes so riders will tackle the Pyrenees, Alps and Dolomites’ legendary cols from the opposite direction: West to East in the Pyrenees, South to North in the Alps, and West to East in the Dolomites Swiss Alps.

Haute Route Pyrenees 2014 © Manu Molle

For the first time, the Haute Route Pyrenees (15th – 21st August 2015) will start from the Atlantic Ocean and the touristic resort of Anglet Basque Coast, where the two previous editions arrived. In order to include the maximum of legendary cols, many of them being in the central Pyrenees, to respect the Haute Route race format (timed, ranked and fully authorised) and to reduce the number of bus transfers, the first week of the Haute Route 2015 will finish in Toulouse, France’s fourth largest city.

The Haute Route Alps (23rd – 29th August) will depart from the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, the French Riviera capital, and finish in Geneva, notable as the one of the best city break destinations in Europe. Several mythical cols in the French Alps, well know by the riders of the four previous editions, will offer their opposite side to the Haute Route peloton, and in many cases not the easiest one to climb!

The Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps (31st August – 6th September) will be the final 7-day event in 2015, starting from the Jardin Anglais in Geneva and finishing one week later in the romantic city of Venice, one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world. Organised in the first week of September, outside of the touristic summer peak in Italy, the Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps will benefit from much easier logistical conditions, and on paper a a bit more of wind from behind!

Start of the Haute Route Alps 2014 © Manu Molle
Start of the Haute Route Alps 2014 © Manu Molle

“The unique format of the Haute Route is only possible because of the special permissions granted, in negotiations with the cities, public authorities and police along the course covered by each event,” said Rémi Duchemin, CEO of OC Sport. “We thank our returning cities - Anglet, Nice, Geneva and Venice - for their continued support and welcome a new destination to stand alongside the other iconic cities of the Haute Route.” Participants are really treated like ‘pro riders’ and it’s the infrastructure and attention to detail behind the scenes that ensures the Haute Route events stand apart ‘from the crowd’.

Whilst the Grand Depart and Arrival cities are confirmed today, allowing the riders who have already entered the 2015 events to make travel arrangement early, the precise course of each Haute Route will be unveiled by the end of November. The DNA of the Haute Route events will remain the same, with 800+ km, 20 cols and 20,000m of vertical ascent over 7 timed and ranked stages on each event and, as in previous years, will include many legendary cols of the cycling planet. Each event consists of 4 to 5 classic stages, 1 to 2 marathon stages and a mid-week Individual Time Trial.

The penultimate registration period for the 2015 events will run between the 1st – 15th November (1500€ entry fee) and the final phase between 1st – 15th December, 2014 (1600€ entry fee). There are a number of different types of entry offers – Individual, Iron Rider (two events), Triple Crown (three events), Team and Charity Rider. All the information can be found online http://www.hauteroute.org/how-to-enter

Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps 2014 © Manu Molle
Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps 2014 © Manu Molle

2015 Haute Route Event Programme

Haute Route Pyrenees (Anglet-Toulouse): 15th - 21st August 2015

From Anglet Basque Coast to Toulouse

  • 7 consecutive stages from Saturday 15th to Friday 21st August
  • Haute Route Grand Depart Village open on Friday 14th August
  • Non-timed parade on Friday 14th August (afternoon)
  • Nearest airports: Biarritz-Anglet (+ Bordeaux, San Sebastian and Bilbao), Toulouse

Haute Route Alps (Nice-Geneva): 23rd - 29th August 2015

  • From Nice to Geneva
  • 7 consecutive stages from Sunday 23rd to Saturday 29th August
  • Haute Route Grand Depart Village open on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd August
  • An additional timed prologue could be organized in the morning on Saturday 22nd August (to be confirmed by Christmas, still under discussion with the authorities)
  • Nearest airports: Nice, Geneva

Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps (Geneva-Venice): 31st August - 6th September 2015

  • From Geneva to Venice
  • 7 consecutive stages from Monday 31st August to Sunday 6th September
  • Haute Route Grand Depart Village open on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August
  • An additional timed prologue could be organized in the morning on Sunday 30th August (to be confirmed by Christmas, still under discussion with the authorities)
  • Nearest airports: Geneva, Venice