If you’re looking for some inspiration while you are at home, take a look at this selection of the best videos since the creation of the Haute Route.
Epic days on the bike, cycling drone shots, reflections from riders, unique camaraderie, incredible locations: this list will make you dream of your next challenge and keep you motivated, even if you are forced to train indoors.
The marathon stage is always a BIG day on the Haute Route – physically demanding in the climbs, technical in the descents – and Stage 3’s torrential rain added another whole dimension to this very tough stage, making it a mind over body experience. For the riders it was like stepping into a cold shower at 7.30 in the morning, the full force of cold jets of water never subsiding.
Watch here: https://youtu.be/ULJqlRewz0A
Bonus - Because a bad day in the mountains will always beat a good day in the office: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvCXHnMF464
What makes a rider want to push beyond their limits and reach new heights? Why keep going when everything inside says stop? We delve into the mind of one rider and discover just what keeps him going.
Watch here: https://youtu.be/XBX6iZpG470
The third edition of the Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps was another extraordinary week of cycling with largely beautiful weather and numerous highlights, among them the Individual Time Trial to the Passo dello Stelvio and ascents of iconic cols like the San Gottardo and the legendary Passo di Gavia.
Watch here: https://youtu.be/DSy9v5HaVok
Immerse yourself in the Haute Route experience. In a journey through the Pyrenees with fellow riders, you will understand how the people that you meet change the way you ride.
Watch here: https://youtu.be/iDMr098YtxE
A bird’s-eye view of the 2016 Haute Route to inspire you!
Watch here: https://youtu.be/3E2gxJ320_Q
“You look down the valley and then you look up the top of Mont Ventoux and you breathe and you feel so alive. This is magic, cycling is magic, being here is magic.” Despite the climb from the Bédoin-side being the most well-known ascent of Mont Ventoux, for many it was the first time taking it on. Plus this time, they were in time trial format and had already conquered two big stages. This is cycling.
Watch here: https://youtu.be/EHhSwHKiE50
Another epic stage on the Haute Route. With 3250m of elevation gain in just 82 km, the fourth stage of the Haute Route Pyrenees between Bagnères-de-Luchon and the summit of Tourmalet was the stage everyone had been waiting for. However, the weather didn’t want to play ball, with fog, rain and cold conditions adding to the challenge throughout the day.
Watch here: https://youtu.be/pVuijs5WJQE
Has your bike ever lived a day in its life like this?
Watch here: https://youtu.be/ljCnMel_0eU
A thrilling feeling of adventure! With a course featuring demanding climbs, thrilling descents, and stunning scenery, not only did riders get to experience the beauty of the glistening lake and surrounding mountains, but they tackled the ascent up the Nevado de Toluca volcano. At 3534 metres above sea level, it’s the highest point reached by any Haute Route event.
Watch here: https://youtu.be/4JfIDt-Wr_M
This 46-minute program follows 600 amateur cyclists battling 780km, 19 Alpine cols and 21000m total ascent. Riders who took part in the second edition of the Haute Route were undeniably pushed to their very limits and this programme documents the unique human challenge and sporting journey that they each undertook by cycling from Geneva to Nice via some of the most legendary mountain passes on the planet (Alpe d’Huez, Madeleine, Izoard, Bonette).
Watch here: https://youtu.be/M-M29rBstEQ