Haute Route Dolomites 2017
31st August / 1st September to 9th September 2017
The Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps takes you through a spectacular ride of discovery through the Swiss and Italian Alps. The most dramatic climbs of the Dolomites will again feature, with in 2017 the double ascent of the Stelvio, the Gavia and Passo Giau. There will again be several summits above 2000m with 900km of riding and 21000m of climbing.
The concept of the Haute Route Alps, Haute Route Pyrenees and Haute Route Dolomites is: 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 Dolomites 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 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
- 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
Proposed Travel Itinerary:
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.
The 2017 Haute Route Dolomites will start in Innsbruck with a finish in Venice 7 days later.
Thursday 31st of August - Optional early arrival:
There is likely to be a non-timed parade of the Haute Route Peloton on the Sunday. Participation is highly encouraged but not obligatory. This will not be a timed event. 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.
Friday 1st of September:
The event village is where we will be in place to welcome the 2017 Haute Route Dolomites riders. One week later, 500 riders from all continents will celebrate the end of their epic cycling journey. 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 and refreshment breaks (solid, liquid, energy products) during each stage
- A hot meal at the finish of each stage
This evening we will organise a race briefing and you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow riders.
Saturday 2nd of September – Stage 1
In 2016 the green slopes of the Haute-Savoie in France played host to the first four climbs of the week: the Col de Cou, Terramont, Grand-Taillet and Pas de Morgins. Each climb took riders up to between 1,000-1,370m and the climbs aren’t to be underestimated. Back into Switzerland the riders came down into Sierre at the heart of the Rhône Valley to take on the final ascent to Crans-Montana which welcomed the Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps for the third consecutive year.
This evening we will have an evening meal together and our staff will be on hand to make any bike adjustments and we will also have a race briefing for tomorrow’s stage.
Sunday 3rd of September: Stage 2
In 2016 this was a long and demanding drag through the valley between Sierre and Brig. Riders arrived at the the foot of the Furkapass. Instead taking on the Furkapass, they faced two new cols on the Haute Route; the 2470m of the Nunfenenpass and a summit finish at the iconic San Gottardo with its cobble stone sections.
After the finish we transfered our riders to St Moritz to be in place for tomorrow’s stage. Evening meal together at tonight’s hotel.
Monday 4th of September: Stage 3
Tuesday 5th of September: Stage 4
In 2016 there was hardly a single flat kilometre in this 97km stage between St Moritz and Bormio. A 15km climb back up the Passo del Bernina started the day and was followed by a series of 3 climbs over the Forcola di Livigno, Passo d’Eïra and Passo Foscagno in less than 40km. Finishing this 97km stage, the one-and-only Stelvio was a humbling climb even for the professional riders
In 2016 the riders faced a 21km time trial up the interminable Stelvio – this is a climb that all riders will remember for a lifetime. Topping out at 2,758m, the ascent will truly kick you in the teeth. Make the most of it and be sure to enjoy arguably cycling’s most mythical climb, and don’t forget to count down the numerous hairpins turns all the way to the top. 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.
Wednesday 6th of September: Stage 5
Despite taking it from the ‘easier’ northern side, the Gavia is a climb to be reckoned with. Serious oxygen debt is on the agenda as you climb along the ravine, but once you reach the summit the main challenge of the day is over. After you’ve ridden through the charming village of Pont di Legno, the Passo del Tonale will take you out of Lombardy into the Trento region. After the familiar Gavia and Tonale, riders will take on the less known but often ridden by the Giro d’Italia Passo Mendola, a new col on the Haute Route.
Thursday 7th of September: Stage 6
A new course from the Alto Adige region to Cortina d’Ampezzo in the heart of the Dolomites was on the programme in 2016. Passo Gardena, Passo Furcia and Tre Cime di Lavaredo are well known cols to the Giro and were a great addition to the Haute Route. Tonight we will enjoy a well earned evening meal together and we will be there to help you with any mechanical issues or any other advice or support.
Friday 8th of September: Stage 7 and final stage
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.
Saturday 9th of September:
Throughout today we will run airport transfers to the airport.
£1399 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room.
Supplement for the single occupancy of a room is £399
Extra night on arrival:
£120 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
What’s included with the entry? click here
What is included?
- A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information here
- 8 nights accommodation at various hotels
- Daily breakfasts
- 7 of the nights have dinner 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 including additional food and assistance stops
- 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.
- Any extras at your accommodation.
- Travel Insurance – highly recommended – 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:
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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.