Stunning course announced for the inaugural Haute Route Mexico


21/03/2019

On October 18-20, Haute Route Mexico will celebrate its first edition. For the first time you’ll be able to ride in the stunning mountains of central Mexico, as well as enjoy the fascinating culture and food of the region.

Haute Route Mexico will be based in the town of Valle de Bravo, just two hours away from the vibrant Mexico City, where you will enjoy a unique Haute Route experience in one of Mexico’s “Pueblo Mágico’. The course totals 260km with 7,000M+ of climbing, including an ascent to the Nevado de Toluca National Park and views over the glistening Lago de Valle de Bravo.

Enjoy a quintessential Mexican countryside experience in Mexico’s mecca of outdoor activities and experience the rich local culture as you interact with the welcoming host community.

Every stage will start and finish at the Valle de Bravo main dock, located in the heart of the town.

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Make the most of the experience

To allow you to make the most of your weekend in Mexico, two accommodation packages have been booked at the Hotel Cinco Rodavento Valle de Bravo and Hotel Santa Rosa. Both options offer the same services for your stay from Thursday October 17th to Sunday October 20th including early breakfast, bike storage and late checkout if necessary.

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Stage 1
Starting at the Valle de Bravo main dock, the first few kilometres will feature rolling hills to warm you up for the stage ahead and the first real ascent towards La Candelaria, where you will go on to encounter the spectacular 16th century “Ex Hacienda Pipioltepec”. Enjoy the wide roads and winding descents on your way to “El Arco”, before continuing on towards the CFE roads and another climb up “El Cuarto de Máquinas” (aka the engine room), where a very steep and demanding ascent awaits. This climb is the biggest effort of the day, but be careful not to overcook it as you need to get through the other half of the stage after you reach the summit.

The final climb will start from the town of Ixtapan del Oro. Called the “Tour de France” by local riders, this section is simply spectacular with demanding hills and descents on beautiful narrow, winding roads. After taking on the final climb, you will reach the lake at Valle de Bravo as you head towards the finish line, taking in the lakeside views along the flat road.

The Compact course is identical to the Original Course all the way to the summit of the second climb, before it heads back downhill to Valle de Bravo to finish the stage.

Stage 2
Heading towards the outskirts of town for the first few kilometres, you will soon reach the town of Temascaltepec where the first climb starts. It is then time to embrace the small cobble stone section when crossing through the town, before heading to paved roads at Real de Arriba and its gorgeous views.

You will love riding through the small and typical Mexican town of Real de Arriba. As you leave, be prepared to start one of the most iconic and demanding climbs of Haute Route Mexico, featuring spectacular views, small towns and agricultural fields all the way to the edge of the volcano, Nevado de Toluca, which is part of the National Park. At the highest point you will be 3,400m above sea level, giving you the chance to take in the beauty of the dormant volcano and the impressive panoramic views. From there, a long and sinuous descent then takes you to the final climb of the day.

San Francisco Oxtotilpan to Las Mariposas Sanctuary is a demanding but enjoyable climb that ends at the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, a beautiful location with an exotic feel thanks to the migratory birds that come each year from Canada for their temporary home during winter. From here, you can enjoy the final descent that ends at the finish line in the main dock.

After an identical start once again, the Compact course won’t take you all the way to the summit of Nevado de Toluca but will head left to reach La Mariposas.

Stage 3
Bringing the event to a close in style, the third and final stage of the 2019 Haute Route Mexico is an uphill time trial on the San Simón de la Laguna. 16 kilometres of amazing climbing await, as you challenge yourself all the way up to the finish line at San Simón de La Laguna.