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Haute Route Pyrenees 2014

31st August to 8th September 2014

Haute Route PyreneesThe Haute Route Pyrenees takes you from the Mediterranean waters to the shores of the Atlantic, from East to West in 7 days. Travel and rider support packages are available from Sports Tours International.

Our experienced guide will keep up to date with all race briefings for you so you don't have to move from your hotel after you finish each day.

The event organisers have announced a truly exceptional course for the second edition of the Haute Route Pyrenees which will take place from Monday 1st to Sunday 7th September 2014, combining 790km cycling distance and 19,500 meters of vertical ascent, crossing 21 challenging Pyrenean cols and ascents between Spain and France. The route rediscovers the legendary ascents of Tourmalet, Peyresourde, Soulor and Aubisque and introduces new legends, such as, Port de Pailhères, Ax-3-Domaines, Hourquette d’Ancizan and Marie-Blanque.

Haute Route Pyrenees 2014 Map

Sports Tours International are pleased to have been chosen to be official travel partner for the 2014 Haute Route, the longest and hardest cyclosportive. We only have a very limited number of places available to us so please ensure you get in quick! Our package for the Haute Route Pyrenees 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 Barcelona airport on the 31st 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.

The Stages:

Below is a summary of the seven stages of the Haute Route Pyrenees 2014:

  • Event Village: Sunday 31st August: Barcelona (Spain)
  • Stage 1 Mon 1st Sept: Ripoll to Font Romeu (93km, 2500m D+)
  • Stage 2 Tues 2nd Sept: Font Romeu to Ax-3-Domaines (120km, 3000m D+)
  • Stage 3 Wed 3rd Sept: Ax-les-Thermes to Bagnères-de-Luchon (160 km, 2700m D+)
  • Stage 4 Thurs 4th Sept: Bagnères-de-Luchon to Argelès-Gazost (120km, 3800m D+)
  • Stage 5 Fri 5th Sept: Individual Time Trial – Col du Tourmalet (18.5km, 1500m D+)
  • Stage 6 Sat 6th Sept: Argelès-Gazost to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port (148km, 3900m D+)
  • Stage 7 Sun 7th Sept: St-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Anglet Basque Coast (124km, 2000m D+)

Haute Route Pyrenees 2014 Cols & Ascents:

  • Stage 1: Merolla 1103m / Creueta 1933m / Font Romeu 1800m
  • Stage 2: Moulis 1099m / Garabeil 1262m / Port de Pailhères 2001m / Ax-3-Domaines 1380m
  • Stage 3: Port 1250m / Portet d’Aspet 1069m / Menté 1349m
  • Stage 4: Peyresourde 1569m / Hourquette d’Ancizan 1564m / Tourmalet 2117m
  • Stage 5: Tourmalet 2117m
  • Stage 6: Soulor 1474m / Aubisque 1709m / Marie-Blanque 1035m / Ahusquy 1070m
  • Stage 7: Ispeguy 672m / Otxondo 570m / Ibardin 317m

Haute Route Pyrenees 2014 in numbers:

  • Total distance: 790km
  • Cols & Ascents: 21
  • Total Ascent: 19,500m
  • Total Descent: 17,700m
  • 5 Classic stages + 1 Marathon stage + 1 Individual Time Trial
  • Highest col: Col du Tourmalet 2117m
  • Marathon stage (stage 6): 148km, 4 cols, 3900m of climbing

Planned itinerary for the 2014 event:

Sunday 31st of August:
The Col du TourmaletThe event village located on Barcelona’s Mediterranean shores will be in place to welcome the 2014 Haute Route Pyrenees riders. One week later, 500 riders from all continents will celebrate the end of their epic cycling journey in Anglet Basque Coast, beside the rolling waves of the Atlantic.
Between the sea and the ocean, the first and last stage will cross Spanish terrain whilst the other five stages will roll across France. Nine different venues will welcome the Haute Route Pyrenees peloton including five new venue partners for this edition: Ripoll, Font Romeu, Ax les Thermes, Luz-St-Sauveur and St-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

Arrive directly at the hotel in Barcelona or take the option to fly into Barcelona Airport 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. As last years eventyou 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.
Our hotel in central Barcelona is near the event village and EXPO and we will enjoy an evening emal togetehr this evening.

Monday 1st of September:
After an early breakfast, make your way to the start of the 2014 Haute Route Pyrenees. The start of the race will be from Ripoll so we will take you over there in time for the start.

On the menu today are the Merolla 1103m, the Creueta 1933m and finally the climb up to Font Romeu 1800m

We will transport your luggage from Barcelona to Font Romeu 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 also have a race briefing for tomorrow's stage.
Evening meal at the hotel in Font Romeu

Tuesday 2nd of September:
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: Moulis 1099m, the Garabeil 1262m, the Port de Pailhères 2001m plus Ax-3-Domaines 1380m

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.
Evening meal at the hotel in Ax-3-Domaines

Wednesday 3rd of September:
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 Port 1250m / Portet d’Aspet 1069m / Menté 1349m

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

Thursday 4th September:
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: Peyresourde 1569m / Hourquette d’Ancizan 1564m / Tourmalet 2117m

Tonight we are staying at Hotel 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 5th of September - Individual time trial up the Col du Tourmalet:
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 climb: The Col du Tourmalet 2117m

Tonight we are staying at 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 6th of September:
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: Soulor 1474m / Aubisque 1709m / Marie-Blanque 1035m / Ahusquy 1070m

Tonight we are staying at Hotel 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 7th of September:
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: Ispeguy 672m / Otxondo 570m / Ibardin 317m

Tonight we are staying at Hotel 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.

Monday 8th of September:
Throughout today we will run airport transfers to Biarritz airport.
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Non-riding partners plus riders with their own Haute Route Entry:
£929 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room.

Supplement for the single occupancy of a room is £199 for the sole occupancy of a twin or double room.

Special Entry fee to the 2014 Haute Route: £1000
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
  • Sports Tours International jersey
  • Nightly bike storage at all hotels
  • End of race celebratory dinner at a beach front restaurant in Biarritz
  • 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 £1000 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 Barcelona and from Biarritz.
  • Any meals and drinks not noted above.
  • Any extras at your accommodation.
  • Travel Insurance - highly recommended.

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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