Three Haute Route Compact events announced for 2015


20/11/2014

Showcasing the very best of the Pyrenees, French Alps and Dolomites Swiss Alps, cycling enthusiasts will be able to sample the Haute Route multi-day format on the world’s most iconic cycling terrain following the launch of Compact events at all three Haute Route events in 2015.

©Manu Molle
©Manu Molle

For the first time, three compact editions of the world’s highest and toughest cyclosportives will run over shortened two-day or three-day formats geared towards riders looking for a first taste of the Haute Route or those unable to enter the traditional week-long events. Professional-level support and courses steeped in cycling history remain the cornerstone of each edition and while the routes may be shorter, they pose no less severe or rewarding a challenge. To maximise riders experience and assure an impeccable level of safety on the road, there is an initial limit of 50 riders per Compact event. Register now HERE to secure your place.

The Pyrenees Compact (August 15th to 16th 2015) makes the most of a new West-to-East route, featuring a staggering 7,000 vertical metres of climbing over two stages. A non-timed parade through the beautiful Atlantic resort of Anglet Basque Coast starts the event on August 14th in the afternoon (registration day) before a mammoth first stage to La Pierre Saint-Martin that incorporates 4,000m of climbing. The second and final day pits riders against the fabled Col d’Aubisque and Col de Soulor during a 160km marathon stage to the finish line in Pau.

The Alps Compact (August 23rd to 25th 2015) starts in Nice and breaks new ground on stage one featuring three cols new to the Haute Route: Col de Nice, Col St Roch and Col des Portes. The second stage — with designated marathon status — passes the highest point of the week at the summit of the Col de la Bonette (2,715m). This majestic southern Alps passage is followed by the Col de Vars and the Col d’Izoard before stage three’s individual time trial to the summit of Col du Granon - a dizzying 12km climb from Serre-Chevalier at an average gradient of 9.2 percent. The possibility of a prologue in Nice on the August 22nd is currently being discussed with the venue authorities.

An eagerly anticipated course announcement for the Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps on the 27th of November will include a Compact event (August 31st to September 1st 2015) starting in Geneva over a course that’s guaranteed to stretch riders’ limits.

Haute Route Pyrenees and Alps Race Director, Jean-François Alcan said: “The Compact events may be shorter in duration but any competitor expecting an easy ride will be left in no doubt as to why the Haute Route is renowned as the world’s highest and toughest cyclosportive.

These events are built on the same DNA as the main Haute Routes and should attract mainly newcomers. Our objective is to offer them an option to come and taste the Haute Route, confirm that they have the skills to do it and start training for a full event in the future.

©Manu Molle
©Manu Molle

Further information and entry details for all 2015 Haute Route events can be found at http://www.hauteroute.org/how-to-enter

Still need some motivation before signing up? Check out 2014 Haute Route movie HERE.


Haute Route Compact Pyrenees 2015 (297km / 6850M+):

Registration and Parade on Friday 14th AugustStage 1:
Saturday 15th August: Anglet to La Pierre Saint-Martin (137km, 4050m +)
Col de Bagargui 1327m / Ascent La Pierre Saint-Martin 1656m
Stage 2:
Sunday 16th August: Pau to Pau (160km, 2800m +)
Col de Marie-Blanque 1035m / Col d’Aubisque 1709m / Col du Soulor 1474m

Entry Fee: 350 euros
Limited to 50 places

Haute Route Compact Alps 2015 (289km / 9074M+ / 6640M-):

Registration and potential prologue Saturday 22nd August: NiceStage 1:
Sunday 23rd August: Nice – Auron (125km, 3,750m +)
Col de Nice (493m) / Col de St Roch (990m) / Col des Portes (1010m) / Col de St Martin (1500m) / Ascent of Auron (1568m)
Stage 2:
Monday 24th August: Auron – Briançon (152km, 4,250m +)
Col de la Bonette (2715m) / Col de Vars (2109m) / Col d’Izoard (2360m)
Stage 3:
Tuesday 25th August: ITT: Serre Chevalier – Col du Granon (12km, 1,074m +)

Entry Fee: 475 euros
Limited to 50 places

Haute Route Compact Dolomites Swiss Alps 2015:

Registration and potential prologue Sunday 30th August, Geneva

From Monday 31st August to Tuesday 1st September
Course to be confirmed on 27th of November
Entry Fee: 350 euros
Limited to 50 places