The US state of Colorado’s unique mountain scenery and rich cycling culture will be showcased to spectacular effect by the host venues of the inaugural Mavic Haute Route Rockies, set to take place in June 2017.
With some of Colorado’s most sought-after resorts forming the cornerstones of a 550-mile (875km) route, that features more than 52,000ft (16,000M+) of climbing over seven timed and ranked stages, the event promises to truly test some of the world’s most committed amateur riders.
Organisers OC Sport revealed the route today as follows:
Day 1: Boulder – Boulder
Day 2: Boulder - Winter Park
Day 3: Winter Park – Avon
Day 4: Avon – Avon (Individual Time Trial)
Day 5: Avon – Snowmass Village
Day 6: Snowmass Village – Crested Butte
Day 7: TBC – Colorado Springs
Chad Moore, brand manager for title sponsor Mavic, said the French company was delighted with the choice of venues. “We couldn’t be more excited about the cities that have been chosen for the premier edition of the Mavic Haute Route Rockies,” he said.
“Starting in Boulder, a mecca for cycling and finishing in Colorado Springs, one of the hubs for professional cycling you have an epic seven days of pristine Colorado riding through the best mountain towns. Winter Park, Avon, Snowmass Village and Crested Butte are all great examples of the best Colorado has to offer,” Chad added.
Chandler Smith, the Mavic Haute Route Rockies Race Director, said the selection of venues promised a memorable challenge ahead. “With stops at Winter Park, Avon, Snowmass Village and Crested Butte, I have no doubt that the inaugural Mavic Haute Route Rockies peloton will experience a true taste of Colorado and its vast terrain, including some iconic climbs and a handful of roads that are seldom travelled.”
Chandler added that the individual stage profiles, including specific passes, will be revealed in the coming months, as permits are obtained through the necessary governing entities.
Jennie Fancher, mayor of Avon, said her community was delighted to be hosting the Mavic Haute Route Rockies for two nights. “This ride will bring people from all over the globe into our town and I feel certain it will quickly become renowned for both the challenge and the mountain splendour,” she said.
In Snowmass, Rose Abello, tourism director, said: “Biking has long been an integral part of our community and we look forward to welcoming such a prestigious international group.”
Eliza Cress, executive director of the Crested Butte and Mt Crested Butte chamber of commerce, said: “Biking is a large part of our history in the upper Gunnison Valley and we are excited to share our passion for this place and cycling with the riders.”
Catherine Ross, director Winter Park & Forest Chamber, said her community was excited to be a host town on the very first Haute Route event in the US. “It is an honour to be part of this new prestigious race in Colorado,” she said. “The entire community looks forward to introducing the riders to Winter Park, Colorado’s favorite playground!”
The Mavic Haute Route Rockies will accommodate 600 riders from America and all over the world and so far entries have been selling fast so riders are encouraged to register early. Currently there are only 50 places left at the discounted price of $2,200 before the next batch of entries is released at the full price of $2,400. Accommodation packages can be purchased at the Haute Route website.
The event’s comprehensive offering includes a convoy of safety vehicles and mechanical support, stage timing and ranking, feed stations and Mavic’s exclusive event jersey, arm warmers and bib shorts. Off the bike, competitors can expect daily massages, hot food at the stage finish, daily stage briefings and transfer of luggage to pre-booked accommodations between stages.
Watch here the Mavic Haute Route Rockies trailer.