Next it’s off to the hotel (you have to find it first; I’ve been lucky in that my hotels have been within a kilometre of the race village; one some days people have had to ride another several kms), find your bag, check in. With a clearer sense of reality, we both addressed day 2 with caution. Stage 4 was definitely a “softer” day, starting with a long slow drag up the Lauteret. La Haute Route Alps 2019. Tired, but with feelings of emerging strength, we both sensed we were gaining momentum. Today actually felt better than yesterday even though there was considerably more climbing – I think in hindsight the manic group riding in the hot valley yesterday killed my legs and I didn’t eat or drink enough. I managed to cling onto a massive group going at 67kph down the valley. And so now, 2 years later, the start line of another week long HR is just 7 days away, this time in a North to South direction, starting in Megève and finishing in Nice. By choosing to hike the Haute Route in early June, you are at the mercy of mother nature. All the ups, downs, and sideways of Maps and Morgs Mad Adventure. I only just had enough time to refill my bottles, reorganise my food and grab some cheese and crackers before it was time to go again. As we sit at the Britannia Pub shithole in Geneva, sinking a couple of smokey quiet ones, it becomes apparent that a) that went fast!, and b) it’s all such a blur we should take better notes. It was a real novelty to be eating lunch at lunchtime – the more usual HR stages usually sees me eating lunch sometime in the mid to late afternoon. Not fun. Number of climbs – 5 Food consumed – 5 bottles, 3 raw velo bars, 2 crackers, several cubes of cheese, 3 slices of salami Random things seen – 5 hot air balloons, 1 wedding Number of times someone commented on seeing a Dynamo outside of Richmond Park – 2, Stage 2: Megève to Courchevel (Col de la Loze) (123km/3300m). This time round I’m definitely feeling much more relaxed (maybe too relaxed?). This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I'm about to find out. This means not only delivering first class hospitality and event management, but all the key ingredients that make up the culture and experience of professional road racing. Each day an increasing number of people were bandaged up. £85.00 +P&P. However as it’s for bikes only, the road builders dispensed with niceties such as the need for hairpin corners – what followed were ramps of up to 16%, an absolute killer with 3000m of climbing in the legs already. The biggie. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! But even so, when I woke up I didn’t particularly feel like doing a massive hill climb TT. Your blog has been very entertaining x, I’m speechless! Unperturbed by the weather, the distance, and the inevitable crashes, Maps and I both had our best results for the week, sliding our way upwards in the general standings. On a warm Saturday afternoon, the ninth annual Haute Route Alps reached its final destination on the seaside Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. Prepare kit and bottles for the next day. The Haute Route Alps is a cycling event that hosts approximately 500 riders who start in a 7 day bike race from Megève to Nice covering 800 KM over 20,450m including some of the most iconic Alpine Cols. It’s a busy road that links Bourg d’oisans with Briancon. After 7 stages, many tears and lots of physio tape holding up various bits of my body I swore I would never do another 7 day Haute Route again. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. This means not only delivering first class hospitality and event management, but all the key ingredients that make up the culture and experience of professional road racing. Last time, I was plagued by injury – neck and shoulder pain with pins and needles down my arm meant that for weeks I was unable to ride outside properly – however this meant that I was more focussed and my training more structured on the turbo as a result. ( Log Out /  I felt really weary for the first two-thirds. 4 Sep 2019. By now it was really hot. Haute Route Alps 2019 - Stage 6 by hauteroutetv. However it was great fun meeting everyone with familiar faces from previous events including a few from Norway just 3 weeks ago. ( Log Out /  The Haute Route is the pinnacle of amateur stage racing. All Images. The Haute Route was like a behind the scenes tour of the Alps. There was no lie in for the last morning – we had the earliest start of all – 645am sharp from the top of Pra Loup. Haute Route Alpe d’Huez 2019 My Alpe d’Huez Fest is over for the year, having now climbed it 4 times from 3 different sides this week. There is no doubting the mixed emotions we both felt waking for the last day of Haute Route. 3:41. As a result I ended up starting along the valley road by myself. I am probably less fit compared to 2 years ago, but hopefully mentally much stronger having completed it once before. Halfway up I stopped just to check if my brakes were rubbing – nope! Thank you Mel – your effort and organisation is greatly appreciated. Geneva August 2017. Stage 3: Courchevel to Alpe d’Huez (144km/4500m). I made sure that I left the feed station before a few of the stronger people who had overtaken me on the way up and started the technical descent alone, hoping they would catch me by the time I reached the lower slopes of the Vars for the valley section towards the bottom of Pra Loup. Every day, as soon as you cross the finish line it doesn’t mean you can now relax, for this is when the second part of the “race” begins – recovery drink straight away, booking in for your massage (everybody gets 15 minutes), having lunch, then shower and massage. By now the sun was shining and all there was left was a gentle roll down the hill (finally) to the official finish on the Promenade des Anglais. A shorter day meant that I also finally managed to catch up on some sleep in the afternoon. Weather forecasts of violent thunderstorms materialised, and we raced through sequences of rain, hail, and stifling heat and humidity, seeming to pass through a different weather system every 10km. From the Alpe over the Sarenne, a drag up the Lauteret and a summit finish on the Granon. Add to Basket. 2021 Haute Route Alps. If you’re lucky maybe there will be time for a short nap. However, in March the offer of a free entry courtesy of Eco Team Ne Jetez Plus, in return for working the kit check at registration day and promoting the “Do Not Litter” message during the event, to both HR Norway, and then followed by the Alps just a few weeks later seemed too good to turn down! So – just one day left. We waved him good bye and left him at the start of the next climb up La Cry and from then on it was pretty much constant climbing (bar one short neutralised descent of a few km) all the way to Megève, cruelly past the race village, to finish up another 8km climb to the Cote 2000 above Megève. So this final blog installment is as much a recollection of events before our demented and glycogen depleted brains forget everything that happened, as it is to write home and tell everyone how much fun we had…. © 2020 Climb Bike Ski - WordPress Theme by Kadence WP. The Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route Ski Tour The Alps' (okay, the world's) most famous ski tour. ... Trip Reports >> 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, ... Arolla marks the highest point reached on the trip and is a wonderful viewpoint across the whole of the Western Alps. So for the last 20km or so it was just Amandine and I working together towards the finish line. UNESCO listed, spectacular, and sadly, mostly missed by us as we swept through en route to meals and massages and dodgy hotel managers, running dodgy hotels. With the Queen stage compete, Adrian and I both felt we had the measure of the remainder of the route. Trying to keep in a group in the valley had well and truly killed them off. More valley riding! After being on quiet roads and empty ski resorts all week it was quite a shock to the system to be suddenly back in the city with all the cars and people. The other reason why I have been dreading today was the 24km drag up to the Col du Lauteret. But, 24km at minus 8-10% grade, with ribbon-like switchbacks decorating a mountain of astonishing beauty was nirvana. The last 3 of them was over the weekend during the fantastic Haute Route Alpe d’Huez race/event . For me the crux was definitely the Glandon, particularly the last 4km which average 10%. This is where I was within 20 minutes of missing the time cut off on Stage 2 in 2017 after loitering for too long at the feed stations during the day (I also swore that I would never do the Granon ever again, such was my misery when climbing it). With 2km remaining of the 20km berg, one was left wondering how one might escape the mountain given that every possible exit route seemed to be obscured by towering mountain ridges. Luckily within several minutes a guy called Angus (we are all wearing numbered bins with our names on them) came steaming past with a Spanish guy on his wheel so I quickly jumped on. Surprisingly good legs (for day 5), perfect weather and spectacular scenery to distract from the pain soon changed that! After a solid 10 hour sleep the day began with dragging my bike bag 1.5km downhill to the HR village in the centre of Megève over cobbled pavements to load it into the lorries. A combination of delightful sunshine, a very pretty village nestled in a valley of the alps, and the general sense of it all being a downhill run from here lulled more than one rider into a false sense of completion. In fact the most dangerous part of the whole ride was probably along the sea side cycling path with cyclists, scooters, children and pedestrians randomly walking out in front of you. The standard of climbing is incredibly high so I was pleased to even come in 23rd in the women’s GC, gaining 3 places on the final stage and significant time gaps. We can’t end this without acknowledging Mel Ward’s astonishing efforts in planning and arranging. It was nice starting on familiar roads, and the first 2 climbs – Bettex and Plateau d’Assy – were ones I already knew well from having spent nearly a month in the St Gervais area during my year off in 2015. Entranced by the hypnotic beauty of his pedal stroke, I was like a moth to a light bulb. A long neutralised descent into St-Étienne-de-Tinée followed where we all regrouped for the start of stage 7B at 1045. Unfortunately my worst fears were realised – with legs tired from the first 3 stages it was a toss up between sticking with a group and risking blowing up the legs before the Granon, or losing time by battling solo into a headwind. As the road opened this summer, the tarmac was beautiful and smooth. Starting in Megève in the Northern Alps the event covers over 8ookm in 8 stages over 7 days to finish on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. Preparing for a HR is obviously a lot of time on the bike for the several months leading up to it. Stages from 22- 28 August 2021. Luckily I managed to stay rubber side down on all the descents and manic group riding for 7 stages…but thanks to a lapse of concentration on the way to the hotel after the finish line in Nice, I fell off my bike whilst trying to mount the pavement to avoid being run down over by a tram! The answer was to, as Nemo would say, just keep pedalling, up. As all good rip off artists do, I decided to shadow Herve’s every move. Stage 4. 2:12. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. In the end, after the misery of the Lauteret, climbing the Granon wasn’t any where as bad as I feared – it helped that it was a cool day. May 30, 2019 pierce. The Haute Route Alps - the original event of the European Haute Route multi-day cyclosportive series – returns to its North to South route in 2019. Tour of Monte Rosa. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Separate stages, totalling nearly 200kms, with one major climb in each. Finally into a comfortable hotel, and with only one day to go the sudden realisation that our adventure was coming to an end. 2019 is the 9th edition of the event that started it all, Haute Route Alps. After a brief interlude in Saint Etienne de Tinée, the peloton restarted for the final lunge for Nice. The day started by climbing over the Saisies, a long descent and then a hot slightly upward drag into the headwind with some manic and surgy group riding in the valley, past Albertville and the turn off to the Madeleine (tomorrow’s breakfast treat), over another energy sapping 8km climb called Montagny before today’s main event – the 24 km climb to Courchevel. However from then onwards, things picked up! Ok so yes, it was 12km/hr and handlebar sandwiches. Missing home, but with an undeniable twinge, of the kind that reassures you that life is being lived as it was intended. *Climbs I never want to do again – the Granon, the Mortirolo, the Muro Di Sormano, and now the Col de la Loze. This means not only delivering first class hospitality and event management, but all the key ingredients that make up the culture and experience of professional road racing. The weather in the mountains can change very quickly and so every rider is supposed to have 5 mandatory items of kit – helmet, overshoes, leg warmers, long gloves and winter jacket. One final push over the 8km ramp to Pra Loup, and we were home. Great write up. probably wasn’t the most restful way to spend the day before the start of Stage 1. Because the first 8km was narrow and gravelly in places the organisers started separating us into pens of about 100 people for a staggered start, much to the consternation of those who arrived late, those who wanted to be in the “front group”, and those who had been separated from their friends. Haute Route Alps 2019. 4th September 2019. Taken in its entirety, the last day was a whopper! Haute Route Alps is a 7 day stage race with rankings/general classifications. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Hope you have a relaxing trip home. At a gradient of only 3-5% for most of it (it steepens 6-7% towards the top) I knew that being in a group would make a huge difference. Choosing to start the Walker’s Haute Route trail in late June is usually a safe bet … Haute Route Alps BOOK NOW 22nd - 28th August 2021 (Arrival 21st August for registration, departure 29th August) The Haute Route is, quite simply, the best amateur cycling event that we've come across. However the finish line wasn’t in Courchevel 1850, the highest of the 6 villages, but on the Col de la Loze at 2304m, via the newly opened 6km road for cyclists only which links over into Meribel (and tackled by the Tour de l’Avenir several days ago). January 20, 2019. Memories to treasure The Haute Route is one of the most famous hiking trails in Europe. A large group punched hard over a 2km initiation climb, followed by some roads best suiting the rouleur (including Col d’Pallon) to the base of Col d’Vars, 19km @ 8%. How could you not – just look at these views…. About. And sure enough they did – what then followed was the most fun part of the HR so far – being in fast and cooperative chain gang and overtaking other groups in the valley. This was much closer to our familiar domain, and the schadenfreude in us both delighted to see some of the more vocal “lungs on legs” types squirm in this style of racing. The rest day – just a 19km ITT up the Col du Izoard. The Haute Route Alps - the original event of the European Haute Route multi-day cyclosportive series – returns to its North to South route in 2019. I will also miss the camaraderie of having LD team mates this time – with Mark Gray and Alex Donaldson starting the 5 day Swiss Epic MTB race in Davos on Tuesday, and Mark Noblet fighting an even bigger challenge of his own at the moment. It was a nice short day – we were finished by 1230. A few km from the bottom of the next climb (Col de St Martin) just as we turned a sharp left through a little village, I finally got dropped – probably as well as thing were starting to get a little dicey in the group. Stage 6: Briancon to Pra Loup (104km/2300m). We picked up a few more along the way and Angus was more than happy towing along our little group – “I may as well do what I’m good at” is what he said. 104 km, starting from Megève, rolling down in a frosty alpine chill to the stunning gateway of Mont Blanc. In the end the fear of the Granon meant that I opted for the latter. The Haute Route’s objective is to deliver an unparalleled 'professional' experience for amateur cyclists. It didn’t help the stage started with another frenetic group ride down the valley, but punctuated by some climbs including the punchy and little known Col du Pallon – only 1.8km but at 10%. The timing stopped in Aspremont, 20km uphill from Nice and it was great to cross this together with Amandine, having cycled together for much of HR Norway as well. Geneva August 2017. It is also nice to not have the stress of moving to a new hotel in a new town tonight. A lovely swooping descent into Serre Chevalier valley followed. None of us really paid much attention to Stage 7 when the road book arrived. The more organised and efficient you are, the more time and energy you save and the more recovery time you have. Since 2019 we have helped 2,000+ hikers easily plan and confidently navigate legendary trails in the Alps . A 3am alarm to catch the early flight to Geneva meant that I was fast asleep by 1945 yesterday evening. Though Alpenwild holds treks during optimal hiking months in the Alps, snow crossings are possibility on the Haute Route. The 19km climb up Vars was a slog. Food consumed – 7 bottles, 3 Raw Velo bars, half a packet of Percy Pigs, several potatoes and cubes of cheese, a few bits of salami,4 crackers and 2 gels. I then randomly developed knee pain on the very first climb of Stage 1 which then threatened to derail my whole event for the rest of the week. Haute Route Alps 2019. But today was a great day and I felt I got the pacing, nutrition and hydration strategy right. TIP: To maximize fun levels, go with a guide who regularly does the tour. This berg is long, but not steep, and for once it felt like we were in a proper bike race, where you know, you can hold a wheel, ride at more that 12km/hr, and not be eating handlebars for lunch. It was at this point we knew we’d probably underestimated the strength of the front third of the 500-strong field. Although what is not so fun is seeing how seriously fit and lean everyone else looks and wishing I had spent a few more hours on the bike. Results were academic, however, and crossing the finish line brought us both immense satisfaction. Stage 7, climbed Cime d’la Bonnette, allegedly the highest mountain road in Europe. After a three day warm up event in the Dolomites in June it was time to take part in the ‘flagship’ 7 day Haute Route Alps. Learn how your comment data is processed. Think about that rider we all know with an ill-fitting high-viz jersey from Rebel Sports, crooked helmet, hairy legs, and an ungainly pedal stroke that says “my knees are entities unto themselves, and will go wherever, and whenever they choose in the act of motivating a push bike”. The reality was probably the most exciting stage of the entire journey! First up was the mighty Bonnette – a long climb at over 23km but thankfully no steep gradients until the final km (the “cime” bit). Suitably chastened, I’d learned to follow a highly stylish euro-classique rider by the name of Herve. Mark and Lillian’s Haute Route Alps. The peloton of … On previous visits I’ve seen many a cyclist toiling up on their way to the Galibier and it’s a climb that has never appealed to me. I don’t think I’ve been asleep that early since age 5! The day finished on the nasty climb of Col d’Granon. My main goal over the next few days is to try to adjust my body clock in order to be ready for Friday’s 630am flight from Gatwick! Caroline unfortunately had a mechanical and was waiting for Mavic support. Not sure about the legs however. Alps 2019 | Our Events | Haute Route. We are also staying a second night in Briancon which is great as it takes away a lot of the stress of a daily change in hotel, packing and unpacking etc. Eight stages in 7 days, over 800km and 20000 metres of climbing. After a relatively gentle Stage 1, The HR officially became epic today. And with a 930am start time instead of the usual 7am we also got a lie in! The Col du Granon and I have history – in 2017 it was almost my undoing as I ended up being within 20mins of the cut off after spending too much loitering at the top of the Izoard, and the suffering in the sun and the heat up the relentlessly steep 10km climb with no shade, no hairpins to spin and recover. It’s a climb which should be on every cyclist’s bucket list – it’s beautiful and tough – but it joins a select list of climbs* I never ever want to do again. By now it was really hot – luckily Pra Loup is only a 6km climb. “Just” the Cime de la Bonette and a few other lumps and bumps between us and the finish line on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice tomorrow. It’ll be 7 days before I see it again in Nice. With overContinue reading “Haute Route Alps 2019” It has definitely felt easier and more enjoyable doing the 7 day HR second time round. Thanks to summit finishes, all week I’ve been seeing faster finishers cycling down whilst I have been toiling up. FINISH: Zermatt, Switzerland. We’ve been so lucky with the weather all week – not too hot, not too cold, no rain…until the final long descent when it poured. Published on Aug 28, 2019 A cloudy and cool morning greeted the Haute Route Alps peloton as they started Stage 4 from Alpe d’Huez to Serre … Nine hours on the bike today. Going over a bump something fell from his bike which was then crushed by his back wheel. All the ups, downs, and sideways of Maps and Morgs Mad Adventure. 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Cue lots of passing of bikes over the barriers and sneaking under the tape when the organisers were distracted in order to gain a few valuable seconds (which actually didn’t matter anyway as timing didn’t start for another 8km). (I subsequently found out that 15 went down at the same corner in the group behind). Three of the biggest HC climbs in the Alps – the Madeleine, the Glandon and a summit finish on Alpe d’Huez. A strange feeling that I’ve never had on the bike before. After 7 stages, many tears and lots of physio tape holding up... Lillian 4th September 2019. After 7 stages, many tears and lots of physio tape holding up various bits of my body I swore I would never do another 7 day Haute Route again. So the legs will be particularly tired and heavy. Herve was a rider of panache. Change ). Stage 4 was a solo time trial up the Col d’Izoard, starting in Briançon. In a move focused on providing unrivalled support for cyclists participating in all Haute Route events, Colnago has taken on the role of title partner for the iconic cycling series. Haute Route Alps 2019. For some time during this wet descent it was a reunion of the HR riders from Norway from just over months ago – Caroline, Amandine, Anders and myself. Haute Route Pyrénées 2019: All you need to know, in five minutes. Well done you two, actually congratulations and very well done . Haute Route Alps 2019. by Lillian | posted in: Cycling | 0 . This little beast climbed for 24km at 7%, and peaked at 2802m. Time travels, and it’s nearly a year now since my buddy Adrian, and me, Stuart, agreed to tackle the 2019 edition of the Haute Route Alps. Race timing stopped at the summit, presumably because the long drop into Saint Etienne de Tinée was potentially quite tricky. So overall a nice and relatively gentle start to the HR with beautiful views of Mont Blanc for much of the ride. We came, we rode, we had a laugh. And today was just leg loosener for tomorrow’s Queens stage. I finally managed to have my first decent night’s sleep since Stage 1. We were taken unawares by the Loze’s final act of brutality – 23km at 6.6% hid ramps of 20% over the final 4km. Who knew that all that riding in Cyprus in March in that heavy rain would turn out to be excellent training! This is the 3rd time I’ve worked the kit check at a HR. Haute Route Alps 2019. He floated gently up the Col d’Madelaine, the first 25km climb in our gargantuan third stage. ( Log Out /  I spent a rather miserable an hour and a half, often by myself, trying to hold any wheels that came by for as long as I could but letting them go before doing too much damage. SEASON: Late March to mid-May . Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Job done. Somewhere along the way Amandine and I became dislodged from the group. The Haute Route Pyrénées doesn’t have the ‘big name’ feel of the Haute Route Alps; that allure of Alpe D’Huez, the Glandon, Madeleine and the handful of bucket list climbs. 475 started in Megeve of which 45 were women; 401 completed all 7 stages. Stage 1 started with a neutralised start to the bottom of Bettex, the first climb. Posted on September 2, 2019 September 2, 2019 by Stuart Morgan Geneva August 2017. However today was the first and last short stage (except for the ITT which comes on Stage 5) – from tomorrow onwards the epicness scale ramps up. Looking at this year’s stages in the Alps, the one which is worrying me the most at the moment is Stage 4 – Alpe d’Huez to the Col du Granon. October – Snow doesn’t usually arrive in the Alps until late October/November which means it is possible to hike the Haute Route in October. The pressure is well and truly on Maps to come good with that Fendi… kidneys or not. About. St Martin was another long climb at around 15km but for the last several km i found myself in a nice group of people, led by Swedish Dan,  who I had been cycling on and off with all week so we made a good pace for the top. Wash kit, wash bottles. As we started down the ramp in reverse GC order, as an extra bonus we got to see the faster guys TTing up whilst descending back to the race village in Briancon. The Granon stage comes the day after the Queen stage where we will tackle the Madeleine, Glandon (both from the tougher North side) and then Alpe d’Huez with a total of 4600m of climbing. For Adrian, known from this moment as “Maps”, this race is a celebration of his 50th anniversary of being alive. My legs were so trashed by now after the valley riding that I wondered several times how slow I could spin without falling over. Too late now! It firmly remains on my list of climbs I never want to do again however! 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