Haute Route Alps 2017
19th or 20th to 28th September 2017
Starting in Nice and finishing in Geneva, riders of the 2017 Haute Route Alps will cross the Alps during 7 consecutive stages between Monday August 21st and Sunday August 27th . The region’s highest passes will test riders as the race edges closer to the finish on the shore of Lake Geneva.
You will ride 800 of the hardest yet most enjoyable kilometres of your life in 7 consecutive stages and you will conquer 20,000M of climbing on the way from Nice to Geneva.
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. To download more information: official website: www.hauteroute.org
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
The Haute Route Alps is just one of the events forming the Haute Route Triple Crown, the others being the Haute Route Pyrenees, and The Haute Route Alps.
Why book the 2017 Haute Route with us?
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. Our support package lets you fully focus on the job at hand
- Airport transfers and 6 evening meals are included
- 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
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...
**** Novotel Nice – Arrival Night:
Perfectly located 10 min from the old town, flower market, sea and the Promenade des Anglais. Opposite the Nice Acropolis Convention Center, our hotel offers free WiFi and five meeting rooms. Relax on our outstanding terrace, in our panoramic swimming pool or at one of the many spas facing the hotel. Taste the restaurant’s selection of organic dishes.
**** Hotel Royal Geneva – Final Night:
For the seventh and final night, we will stay at the Hotel Royal in Geneva.
In the heart of the city, just steps from the train station, the Royal hotel welcomes you into a warm, neoclassical ambiance. Here, you’ll find tradition, attention to detail and a cosy atmosphere, along with state-of-the-art service and amenities.
Please note that the dates have been confirmed but the start and finish towns will be confirmed soon followed by the stage host at a later date.
Saturday 19th of 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 20th 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.
Sunday 20th of of August:
The event village is located in Nice where we will be in place to welcome the 2017 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
Monday 21st of August: Stage 1 – Nice to TBC
As in 2015 and 2016 Haute Route Alps starts in Nice in front of the Théâtre de Verdure. As your luggage is moved from Nice to the first hotel, you will ride the first stage of this incredible event. After you finish, enjoy the evening meal at our hotel.
Tuesday 22nd of August: TBC – TBC
Stage details will be announced at a later date. Luggage transport, extra assistance points and a well located hotel with evening meal are again included today.
Wednesday 23rd of August: TBC – TBC
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. Evening meal at the hotel tonight.
Thursday 24th of August: ITT day
Tradition dictates an individual time trial today. In 2016 for the 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 undoubtedly was one of the toughest time trials in the Haute Route history.
Friday 25th of August:
In 2016 this was a big day out. 3 cols but nearly 4300m of climbing. With the start from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, the Col de Chaussy via the famous 12% sections in the lacets de Montvernier followed. Following a twisting descent the riders then took on 15km of unrelenting roads. After having descended through Moûtiers they then faced the last 31km ascent to Courchevel through Bozel.
Saturday 26th of August:
In 2016 the riders took on the Col de Tra, Cormet de Roselend before the Col des Saisies.
Sunday 27th of August:
The final convoy will leave depart 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.
Monday 28th of August:
Throughout today we will run airport transfers to the airport.
£1299 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room.
Supplement for the single occupancy of a room is £399
Extra night 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 2017 Haute Route: £1200 (includes cancellation insurance*)
What’s included with the entry? click here
Included in your travel packages is:
- 8 nights accommodation at various well placed hotels
- Daily breakfasts
- 6 of the nights have the evening meal at the hotel included
- Nightly bike storage at all hotels
- Airport transfers
- 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 during each stage and in the evenings
- A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information
Not included in our travel packages is:
- The £1350 (€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
- Travel Insurance – highly recommended. Please visit our insurance page
We understand that signing up for the Haute Route is a big commitment and lots can happen between now and the event date. The organisers offer a cancellation insurance with the entry. If you have to cancel the event due to an unforeseen circumstance like an injury then you will get a refund of your entry. Details of the entry cancellation insurance can be found here.
Please note that this insurance is for the entry only and that you need travel insurance to cover all other aspects of your travel. Please visit our insurance page.
HOW TO BOOK:
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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.
Please click here for our full booking conditions.
To take part in the Sportive you have to get a medical certificate signed by your doctor within the last year from the event date, our partners offer online medical certification.
Sports Travel – Keeping safe:
For some tips on how to stay safe whilst you travel, please have a look here
Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if 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 traveller (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.
General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page.General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in cycling events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.