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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. We expect there to 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.

Book your entry before November 30th 2015 at booking offer price of £1150. Our travel and support packages are £1299 and they will be on sale soon. Contact us to register your interest or be the first to find out about the 2016 Haute Route and sign up to our newsletter.

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.

  • Book before November 30th 2015 and we can offer you your entry for £1150 (subject to availability)
  • 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 (Provisional and will be updated once the route is annouced)

Friday 19th August:
The Col du TourmaletThe event village 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 or take the option to fly in and make use of our airport transfer. We will be operating transfers throughout the day from the airport to the hotel.

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 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

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.

Optional early arrival:
There is likely to be a non-timed parade of the Haute Route Peloton along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice or in Geneva on Saturday. 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. Give yourselves that extra bit of time to enjoy the experience and get prepared without stress.

Book your extra hotel night and give us your flight times so we can arrange the airport transfer. Contact us here

Saturday 20th of August: Route TBC
After an early breakfast, make your way to the start of the 2016 Haute Route Pyrenees. We will transport your luggage 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 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: Route TBC
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. We will be there to help you with any mechanical issues or any other advice or support.

Evening meal together at tonight's hotel.

Monday 22nd of August: Route 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.

Tuesday 23rd of August: Route TBC
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 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 24th of August: Route TBC
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 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 25th of August: Route TBC
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 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 26th of August: Route TBC
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 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.

Saturday 27th of August
Throughout today we will run airport transfers.

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Non-riding partners plus riders with their own Haute Route Entry:
£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.

Entry fee to the 2016 Haute Route; £1150 if booked before November 30th 2015
What's included with the entry? click here

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
  • Nightly bike storage at all hotels
  • 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

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.
  • Any extras at your accommodation.
  • Travel Insurance - highly recommended - see 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:
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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