Haute Route Dolomites 2016
4th to 12th September 2016
The 2016 Haute Route Dolomites will take place between Monday September 5th and Sunday September 11th. We expect there to also be a non-timed Parade again on Sunday the 4th of September. We will facilitate this with airport transfers and the option to book an extra hotel night on the 3rd.
Our travel and support packages are £1349 and they are on sale now.
The concept of the Haute Route Pyrenees, Haute Route Alps 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 Dolomites 2016:
- Start Village opens on Sunday September 4th
- Stage 1, Monday 5th September: Geneva – Crans-Montana (177km – difficulty 4/5)
- Stage 2, Tuesday 6th September: Crans-Montana – San Gottardo (137km – difficulty 3/5)
- Stage 3, Wednesday 7th September: St Moritz – Bormio (97km – difficulty 5/5)
- Stage 4, Thursday 8th September: ITT Stelvio (21km – difficulty 3/5)
- Stage 5, Friday 9th September: Bormio – Alto Adige (144km – difficulty 4/5)
- Stage 6, Saturday 10th September: Alto Adige – Cortina d’Ampezzo (150km – difficulty 5/5)
- Stage 7, Sunday 11th September: Cortina d’Ampezzo – Venice (175km – difficulty 4/5)
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
Proposed Travel Itinerary:
Saturday 3rd of September: 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.
Sunday 4th of September
The event village in Geneva is where we will be in place to welcome the 2016 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.
Monday 5th of September: Geneva to Crans Montana
The green slopes of the Haute-Savoie in France play host to the first four climbs of the week: the Col de Cou, Terramont, Grand-Taillet and Pas de Morgins. Each climb takes you up to between 1,000-1,370m and the climbs aren’t to be underestimated. Back into Switzerland the riders will come down into Sierre at the heart of the Rhône Valley to take on the final ascent to Crans-Montana which welcomes 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.
Tuesday 6th of September: Crans Montana to San Gottardo
This is a long and demanding drag through the valley between Sierre and Brig. You will arive at the the foot of the Furkapass. Instead taking on the Furkapass, you will face 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 will transfer you to St Moritz to be in place for tomorrow’s stage. Evening meal together at tonight’s hotel.
Wednesday 7th of September: St Moritz to Bormio
There will hardly be a single flat kilometre in this 97km stage between St Moritz and Bormio. A 15km climb back up the Passo del Bernina starts the day and is 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 is a humbling climb even for the professional.
Thursday 8th of September: ITT Bormio – Passo dello Stelvio
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.
Friday 9th of September: Bormio to Alto Adige
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.
Saturday 10th of September: Alto Adige to Cortina d’Ampezzo
A new course from the Alto Adige region to Cortina d’Ampezzo in the heart of the Dolomites. Passo Gardena, Passo Furcia and Tre Cime di Lavaredo are well known cols to the Giro and will be a great addition to the Haute Route this year. 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.
Sunday 11th of September: Cortina d’Ampezzo to Venice
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.
Monday 12th of September
Throughout today we will run airport transfers to the airport.
£1349 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room.
Extra night on September 3rd at Manotel Royal Geneva
Supplement for the single occupancy of a room is £499 for the sole occupancy of a twin or double room.
£ per person based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room.
Supplement for the single occupancy of a room is £
Entry fee to the 2016 Haute Route: £1150
What's included with the entry? click here
Included in our travel package:
- 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
- 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 – please visit our insurance page
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:
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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.
To enter the Haute Route, you require a medical certificate that states that you are capable of cycling in cycling competitions. You can either get one from your doctor or visit our medical certification page
For travellers from the EU, visas are not required to enter Italy. 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.
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.