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Haute Route Alps 2014

23rd to 31st August 2014

The 2013 Haute Route Alps was another great cycling event and one that went down in cycling history. 550 cyclists from 35 countries took part in the event, covering 800 km over 7 timed stages and taking in 19 famous cycling climbs. To assist there were 850 volunteers, 55 course vehicles and over 35 massage therapists.

If you would like to take part in the Haute Route Alps in 2014, you can book now with Sports Tours International.

We are pleased to confirm that we are exclusive UK travel partners for the top cycling event, the 2014 Haute Route Alps, which will take place from the 24th until the 31st of August 2014. We now have details of the route and our fully supported travel packages are available to book here.

The 2014 course of the Haute Route Alps has not been announced yet but the format 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.

For the 2014 Haute Route Alps there will be some new host venues, with some consequential course changes to 2013 - but still from Geneva to Nice. More than 50% of the cols the Haute Route cyclists will face in 2014 will be different from previous Haute Route cycling events. The airports in Geneva and Nice are very well connected to the rest of the world either directly, or via one short haul flight to London or Paris.

During each event, the Haute Route cyclists will face 800 km, 20 cols and more than 20,000 meters of ascent in one week.

For more information see:

We only have a very limited amount of places available to us so please ensure you get in quick! Our package for the Haute Route 2014 is an 8 night package.

Our packages are designed to give you the minimum of hassle so you can focus all your attention on riding the event. All you need to do is do the training and turn up at Geneva airport on the 23rd of August 2014.

We pick you up from the airport, we assist you with building your bike, we will transport your bike bag and any other luggage from hotel to hotel so your bags arrive before you at the hotel each night. Each night we will be on hand for advice and service.

Your non-riding partner can come and join you as our minibus will transport passengers from hotel to hotel and we will be on hand at strategic locations with day bags, nutrition and encouragement.

If you have already purchased your Haute Route entry, you can still make use of our support package.

Planned itinerary for the 2014 event:

Saturday 23rd of August:
Arrive directly at the hotel Manotel Royal in Geneva or take the option to fly into Geneva Airport and make use of our airport transfer. We will be operating transfers throughout the day from the airport to hotel Manotel Royal***plus in Geneva centre.

It is advisable to arrive in the morning so you can register and pick up all the extras that are included with your Haute Route entry later in the afternoon. Like last year you will receive:

  • 1 complete set of Haute Route cycling kit
  • Haute Route travel bag with wheels (120 litres), transported from start to finish venue
  • 1 Haute Route back pack (available near finish line for access prior to going to hotel)
  • 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 and refreshment breaks (solid, liquid, energy products) during each stage
  • A hot meal at the finish of each stage

To see a full list of everything that is included please click here: What's included with a Haute Route entry?

This evening we will organise a race briefing and you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow riders.

Sunday 24th of August: Genève – Megeve
After an early breakfast, make your way to the start of the 2014 Haute Route. The start of the race will be from the Jardin des Anglais in Geneva. This is only a couple of km from our hotel so you can easily ride there.

On the menu today are the Col du Colombière 1613m, Croix Fry 1467m and Aravis 1486m.

We will transport your luggage from Geneva to Megeve for you so all your things are available at the next hotel when you arrive. Non-riders and supporters will be transported by minibus and we intend to stop along the route to provide support to the riders. 

This evening we will enjoy an evening meal together and our staff will be on hand to make any bike adjustments and we will aslo have a race briefing for tomorrow's stage.

Tonight's hotel is the excellent 3 star hotel Terrass Park in Megeve.

Monday 25th of August: Megeve - Courchevel
After breakfast we will make our way to the start. Like every day, we will look after your luggage and we will also take care of the non-riders for the day so you can focus 100% on riding today's stage.

Today's climbs are: Col des Saisies 1657m, Cormet de Roselend 1967m and the ascent to Courchevel 1850m

Tonight we are staying at Hotel Les Peupliers in Courchevel Le Praz and 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.

Tuesday 26th of August: Courchevel - Alpe d'Huez
Today is another stage. You will need all the support you can get so we will be on hand to assist you where we can.

Another day full of climbs with the Col de Madeleine 1993m, Glandon 1924m and the ascent of Alpe d’Huez 1860m

Tonight we are staying at the Hotel Les Bruyeres with evening meal included. We will be there to offer any support you may require.

Wednesday 27th of August: Le Bourg d'Oisans - Alpe d'Huez
After breakfast we will make our way to the start. Like every day, we will look after your luggage and we will also take care of the non-riders for the day so you can focus 100% on riding today's stage.

Tonight we are staying at Hotel Les Bruyeres and 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.

Thursday 28th of August: Le Bourg d'Oisans - Digne Les Bains
After breakfast we will make our way to the start. Like every day, we will look after your luggage and we will also take care of the non-riders for the day so you can focus 100% on riding today's stage.

The Col d'Ornon 1371m, Parquetout 1398m and Festre 1441m

Tonight we are staying at Hotel Campanile in Digne Les Bains and 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.

Friday 29th of August: Digne Les Bains - Mont Ventoux
After breakfast we will make our way to the start. Like every day, we will look after your luggage and we will also take care of the non-riders for the day so you can focus 100% on riding today's stage.

Notre Dame Abeilles 1000m and Mont Ventoux 1912m

Tonight we are staying at Hotel Campanile in Digne Les Bains and 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.

Saturday 30th of August: Digne Les Bains - Nice
After breakfast we will make our way to the start. Like every day, we will look after your luggage and we will also take care of the non-riders for the day so you can focus 100% on riding today's stage.

Col du Corobin 1211m, Col du St Barnabé 1365m, Col du Bleine 1439m and Col du Vence 962m

Tonight we are staying at Hotel de Flore just off the Promenade des Anglais and 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.

Sunday 31st of August:
Throughout today we will run airport transfers to Nice airport.

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Non-riding partners plus riders with their own Haute Route Entry:
£1099 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room.

Supplement for the single occupancy of a room is £489 for the sole occupancy of a twin or double room.

Entry fee to the 2014 Haute Route; £1000. 

Included in our travel packages is:

  • 8 nights accommodation at various hotels on bed and breakfast basis
  • 7 of the nights have dinner at the hotel included
  • Sports Tours International jersey
  • Nightly bike storage at all hotels
  • End of race celebratory dinner at a beach front restaurant on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.
  • Transport of luggage between the stages
  • Transport of non-riding friends or partners between stages
  • Sports Tours Rep support

Not included in our travel packages is:

  • The £1000 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 Geneva airport.
  • Any meals and drinks not noted above.
  • Any extras at your accommodation.
  • Travel Insurance - highly recommended.

What's included with the entry? click 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.

HOW TO BOOK:
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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