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Haute Route Alps 2016

27th August to 4th September 2016

Our travel and support packages are £1299 and are now available, with entry available at £1150 per person

The 2016 Haute Route Alps will take place between Sunday the 28th of August and Saturday 3rd of September. There will also be a non-timed Parade again on Saturday the 27th of August. We will facilitate this with airport transfers and the option to book an extra night on the 26th.

The concept of the Haute Route Alps, Haute Route Pyrenees and Haute Route Dolomites remains the same: 7 consecutive timed stages (including one ‘Marathon Stage’ and one individual time-trial), maximum number of legendary cols, minimal flat sections, mountain top finishes where possible, maximum length timed sections, individual timing and all climbs timed. All this with Haute Route Pro support to emulate the Pro Cyclist experience as much as is possible for an amateur cyclist.

Why book with Sports Tours International?
Sports Tours International have been involved with the Haute Route from the very beginning. We know how to support our athletes during this physically and mentally demanding event.
  • You will know in advance what hotels you are staying at. All hotels are in ideal locations and of excellent standard.
  • Our experienced reps and pro mechanic will be on hand throughout the event to support you and we will go to all race briefings for you and give you personal daily briefings so you can stay at the hotel to recover.
  • We transport your luggage daily and we will transport you and your bike to and from the finish and start if required
  • We provide daily private feed and support stops en route
  • We provide airport transfers and transport for non-riding partners who book through us

Our support package lets you fully focus on the job at hand. Our service includes airport transfers, luggage transport, mechanic services, in-resort transfers form stage starts and finishes and conveniently located hotels of excellent standard with evening meals included.

Haute Route Alps 2016:

Saturday August 27 – Non-timed Parade on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice
Start Village and obligatory registration opens on Saturday August 27

  • Stage 1, Sunday 28th August: Nice – Auron (136km)
  • Stage 2, Monday 29th August: Auron – Risoul (111km)
  • Stage 3, Tuesday 30th August: Risoul – Valloire (118km)
  • Stage 4, Wednesday 31st August: ITT Valloire – Galibier (18km)
  • Stage 5, Thursday 1st September: Valloire – Courchevel (141km)
  • Stage 6, Friday 2nd September: Courchevel – Megève (134km)
  • Stage 7, Saturday 3rd September: Megève – Geneva (138km)

All three events will be held back-to-back next year, offering a few hardcore riders the tantalizing prospect of a Triple Crown challenge and, at the same time, offer up the opportunity to hundreds of amateur riders the chance to traverse either the iconic cols of the Alps, Pyrenees or Dolomites-Swiss Alps.

To download more information:

• Official website: www.hauteroute.org
• Twitter (# hauteroute): twitter.com / haute_route
• Facebook: facebook.com / CyclingHauteRoute

Check out a great article from the Guardian that takes a closer look into the Haute Route highs and heartbreak - what motivates cyclists on tough rides? Read more here... 

Travel Itinerary

Friday 26th August:

Optional early arrival:
There is likely to be a non-timed parade of the Haute Route Peloton along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice on Saturday the 27th of August. Participation is highly encouraged but not obligatory.  We offer the opportunity to arrive ahead of the Parade and registration day.
Book your extra hotel night and give us your flight times so we can arrange the airport transfer.

Saturday 27th of August:
The event village is located in Nice where we will be in place to welcome the 2016 Haute Route Alps riders. One week later, 500 riders from all continents will celebrate the end of their epic cycling journey in Geneva.
 Arrive directly at the hotel or take the option to fly into Nice Airport and make use of our airport transfer. We will be operating transfers throughout the day from the airport to the hotel. This evening we will organise a race briefing and you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow riders.

Like last year you will receive among other things:

  • 1 complete set of Haute Route cycling kit
  • Haute Route travel bag with wheels, transported from start to finish
  • 1 Haute Route back pack
  • Mechanical support from Mavic both at each race village and along the route (not for repairing punctures)
  • A personalised frame plate and 2 sets of race numbers
  • Pit stops, refreshment breaks (solid, liquid, energy products) on each stage
  • A hot meal at the finish of each stage

Sunday 28th of August: Nice to Auron
As in 2015 the 2016 Haute Route Alps starts in Nice in front of the Théâtre de Verdure before tackling a short sharp 4km climb up the col de Nice for the first climb of the week. You then take on a long 20km ascent up the col de Turini.
After traversing St Martin de Vésubie riders will then climb the Col de Saint-Martin before the 36km drag up to Auron. The false flat in the valley of Tinée before the real climb is sure to sap some legs on this tough first day.

Monday 29th of August: Auron to Risoul
Today’s stage is not a particularly long one but definitely a high one. Stage 2 takes riders over the highest paved col in Europe, the col de la Bonette. The Bonette peaks at over 2700m and it was one of the most memorable scenes in last year’s Haute Route Alps. After this, riders will take on the classic col de Vars, which has a rather tough few final kilometres near the top. Risoul as in 2012, provides a superb finale to the stage, with a 13km climb on a beautiful road.

Tuesday 30th of August: Risoul to Valloire
You will need all the support you can get so we will be on hand to assist you where we can. Like every day, we will be there to offer any support you may require.

Wednesday 31st of August: Valloire ITT
First time ever! A time trial up the Galibier from Valloire. Undoubtably the most recognisable side of the mountain. This 18km ascent from Valloire has over 1200m D+ and will undoubtedly be one of the toughest time trials in the Haute Route history.

Thursday 1st of September: Valloire to Courchevel
There are only 3 cols but nearly 4300m of climbing. With the start from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, we take on the col de Chaussy via the famous 12% sections in the lacets de Montvernier. Following a twisting descent the riders will take on one of the toughest cols in the Alps, the col de la Madeleine. The Madeleine offers 15km of unrelenting roads. After having descended through Moûtiers there is the last 31km ascent to Courchevel through Bozel.

Friday 2nd of September: Courchevel to Megeve
We will start in a secured convoy from Le Praz to reach the foot of the col du Tra, which is a new climb for the Haute Route. This 10km climb has some serious steep sections. After a long flat ride to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, the real test of the day will be the Cormet de Roselend. This 20km drag up its hardest side will be worth it when riders are rewarded with the priceless view at the top. The final col of the day, the col des Saisies, is 15km long.

Saturday 3rd of September: Megeve to Geneva
This year’s 7th stage will be a test for the Haute Route riders. The Col de Ramaz is over 16km long and has some long sections at over 12%. The hilly valley after this has a few hills in it to test your legs on the final drag into the picturesque medieval lakeside town of Yvoire. The final convoy will leave Yvoire towards the Jardins Anglais in Geneva. Tonight we will enjoy a well-earned evening meal together. We will be there to help you with any mechanical issues or any other advice or support.

You will be elated that you have completed the challenge of a lifetime. Tonight we stay at a hotel near the finish.

Sunday 4th of September
Throughout today we will run airport transfers to the airport.

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£1299 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room.
Supplement for the single occupancy of a room is £499 for the sole occupancy of a twin or double room.

Extra night on 26th of August at Novotel Nice
£100 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room.
Supplement for the single occupancy of a room is £50

Entry fee to the 2016 Haute Route; £1150

Included in our travel packages:
  • 8 nights accommodation at various hotels
  • Daily breakfasts
  • 7 of the nights have dinner at the hotel included
  • Airport transfers
  • Nightly bike storage at all hotels
  • Transport after the finish or to the start if required
  • Transport of luggage between the stages
  • Transport of non-riding friends or partners between stages
  • Sports Tours staff support

Not included in our travel packages is:

  • The £1150 (€1550 if booked with organisers) Haute Route entry plus all extras that this includes (Please view www.hauteroute.org for details) – this is payable at time of booking and is included in your deposit.
  • Your journey to the start and from the finish.
  • Any meals and drinks not noted above.
  • Any extras at your accommodation.
  • Travel Insurance – highly recommended. insurance page here.

Twin to share:
If you would like to join us as a single traveller but you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our 'twin to share' option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra. Simply click on the green button and select the twin to share option.

Click on the green button below.
At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.

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Important Information:
To enter the Haute Route, you require a medical certificate that states that you are capable of cycling in cycling competitions.
For travellers from the EU, visas are not required to enter Switzerland or France. You need a passport or a European identity card. All non-UK passport holders must check their own country's entry requirements for the UK. General Travel Information is also available.
For details of insurance for the our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.



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