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Haute Route Pyrenees 2016

20th to 27th August 2016

Haute Route Pyrenees

The 2016 Haute Route Pyrenees will take place between Saturday 20th and Friday 26th of August. There will also be a non-timed Parade again on Friday the 19th of August. We will facilitate this with airport transfers and the option to book an extra hotel night on the 18th.

Our travel and support packages are £1299 and are on sale now.

For the second year running the Haute Route Pyrenees will begin in Anglet, Côte Basque. Riders will congregate on the Atlantic coast for the start of the 4th edition of the Haute Route Pyrenees (20th -26th August 2016) and take on the beautiful, but brutal Pyreneen cols.

Your journey will end once again in Toulouse, France’s fourth biggest city. The wild beauty and savage challenge of the most famous cols in the region (Tourmalet, Marie-Blanque, Aubisque, Soulor) is supplemented by climbs new to the Haute Route like the magical ascent of Cap de Long, via the “Routes des Lacs,” featuring multiple ramps above 12%. Two two-night stays in Argelès-Gazost and Saint-Lary Soulan further reinforce the Haute Route Pyrenees as the most intimate of the European events.

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 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.

  • 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.

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:

Thursday 18th of August: Optional early arrival
There is likely to be a non-timed parade of the Haute Route Peloton in Anglet. Participation is highly encouraged but not obligatory.Book your extra hotel night and give us your flight times so we can arrange the airport transfer. Please advise us in advance of your arrival time and we can come and collect you from Biarritz Airport.

Friday 19th August:
The Col du Tourmalet The event village will be in Anglet and this is where we will be in place to welcome the 2016 Haute Route Pyrenees riders. One week later, 500 riders from all continents will celebrate the end of their epic cycling journey.
Arrive directly at the hotel Novotel Anglet or take the option to fly in and make use of our airport transfer. We will be operating transfers throughout the day from Biarritz airport to the hotel
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. Evening meal at the hotel Novotel this evening.

Saturday 20th of August: Anglet to La Pierre St Martin
2016 sees the start taking place from Anglet for the second year. The riders will tackle a repeat of 2015 with rolling hills for the first 70 kilometres. The first col of the year is a beast, the Ahusquy is a Col that the Haute Route Pyrenees riders have never taken before. The first 7km are really tough before it plateaus out to the top for 6 more kilometres. The summit finish is at la Pierre Saint-Martin, the col where Chris Froome essentially sealed his Tour de France Yellow Jersey in 2015.
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 21st of August: Pau to Argeles-Gazost
We start from the capital of the Béarn region and gateway to the Pyrenees, Pau. Beautiful roads take you through some forests and the foot of the first Col, the Marie-Blanque, from its hardest side. The final 3km are very tough and will test your legs. Then you face a long but steady 17km climb up the Col d’ Aubisque. The 10km ascent up the Col du Soulor is followed by a steep descent into Ferrières.
Finally, the Col de Spandelles is new to the Haute Route and it is a narrow 10km climb with seriously steep passages and picturesque background. The timing will stop at the top of Spandelles and you will ride down to Argelès-Gazost from where we will take you to our hotel for the night.

Monday 22nd of August: Argeles Gazost – Col de Couraduque TT
Another new col, the Col de Couraduque, a 16km climb which has two tough sections separated by a short flat section. We will transport you to the start of today’s individual time trial and take you back to the hotel afterwards. Like every day, we will be there to offer any support you may require. Evening meal at the hotel.

Tuesday 23rd of August: Argeles Gazost – Pla d’Adet
There is not a single kilometre of flat road today. This stage is a monster and the maximum altitude you reach is 2100m at the top of the 30km climb of the Tourmalet itself. The second col of the day, Hourquette-Ancizan, is yet another two tiered climb, with two really tough sections separated by a very welcome plateau. Final climb of the day takes us back up last year’s time trial stage to Pla d’adet, with the added bonus of being able to take a huge cable car back down into the village.

Wednesday 24th of August: Saint Lary Soulan – Cap de Long
With 4 cols and over 3700m of climbing, this queen stage is one for the Haute Route memory bank. Riders head back up the harder side of Hourquette-Ancizan and then take a short descent to Payolle before taking on the final 6km of the col d’Aspin. Having descended into the Louron valley, riders then climb up the 7.5km col d’Azet, and must avoid burning too many matches before hitting the final section.
For the final col of the day we have a never seen before ascent up to Cap de Long via the ‘Routes des Lacs’. This magical ascent has some serious percentages at certain points, but the pain is absolutely worth it when you get to the top and are blown away by the indescribable countryside.

Thursday 25th of August: Saint Lary Soulan – Peyragudes
No warm up today, riders go straight up Azet again (from the opposite side to the stage before) before a long descent and drag through the valley to the foot of the Port de Balès. This beautiful climb up country roads is very narrow, and the tough sections over the final 7km are sure to surprise a few on the day. Following a long descent and relatively easy start to the Peyresourde riders need to keep some power in their legs for the Peyresourde’s final few hairpins as well as for the short spike up to Peyragurdes on the final climb of the day.

Friday 26th of August: Peyragudes – Toulouse
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 the hotel Radisson Blu in Toulouse near Toulouse airport.

Saturday 27th of August
Throughout today you are able to use the hotel’s airport shuttle to get you the short distance from the hotel to Toulouse 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 18th of August at Novotel Anglet
£100 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room.
Supplement for the single occupancy of a room is £80

Entry fee to the 2016 Haute Route; £1150

Included in our travel packages is:
  • 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 during each stage

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
  • 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 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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