Tip for anyone doing a HR in the future – everyone turns up first thing in the morning to register and pick up their kit bags and jerseys resulting in long queues practically stretching out of the sports centre. 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. 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. From the top of the Glandon onwards I was back on very familiar territory that I know so well from many years of summer trips in the area. 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…. Suitably chastened, I’d learned to follow a highly stylish euro-classique rider by the name of Herve. Today it was my turn to shout out “useful” advice such as “keep going”, “not long now”, “looking strong”. Into the business end of the trip, we departed Briançon for the last time. Since 2019 we have helped 2,000+ hikers easily plan and confidently navigate legendary trails in the Alps . Duration: 9 Days, 8 Nights Distance: Total of almost 800 km with over 22000 Metres Climbing Rider support and travel packages for the 2021 Haute Route Alps. Well done you two, actually congratulations and very well done . Too late now! 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. 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I experienced this as we woke up to snow on day four of the Haute Route trek. 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. 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. 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. Each day an increasing number of people were bandaged up. As a result I ended up starting along the valley road by myself. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Haute Route Alps 2019 by hauteroutetv. It was at this point we knew we’d probably underestimated the strength of the front third of the 500-strong field. However from then onwards, things picked up! A 3am alarm to catch the early flight to Geneva meant that I was fast asleep by 1945 yesterday evening. Final day – it’s all downhill to Nice from here, right? 2021 Haute Route Alps. After 7 stages, many tears and lots of physio tape holding up... Lillian 4th September 2019. 3:41. But even so, when I woke up I didn’t particularly feel like doing a massive hill climb TT. Not fun. 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. With a clearer sense of reality, we both addressed day 2 with caution. This little beast climbed for 24km at 7%, and peaked at 2802m. Haute Route Alps 2019. 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. Then it’s the 1830 briefing, dinner, repack bag and sleep ASAP before the alarm goes off at 5am. 2:12. Entranced by the hypnotic beauty of his pedal stroke, I was like a moth to a light bulb. Haute Route Alps 2019. For Adrian, known from this moment as “Maps”, this race is a celebration of his 50th anniversary of being alive. The hardest cycling sportive? Three of the biggest HC climbs in the Alps – the Madeleine, the Glandon and a summit finish on Alpe d’Huez. Your blog has been very entertaining x, I’m speechless! 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 maths don’t lie… that’s 59 repeats up Withers Way, for those who know what that means. And finally, tomorrow is the “rest day” – just an ITT up the Izoard after breakfast. Stage 3. I felt fit and strong throughout the weekend except I now appear to be taking a long time to recover as my legs have turned to jelly since my return 2 weeks ago. 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. Haute Route Alps is a 7 day stage race with rankings/general classifications. © 2020 Climb Bike Ski - WordPress Theme by Kadence WP. So – kit all prepped, bottles are made up, and the bike is ready. Wash kit, wash bottles. 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. (I subsequently found out that 15 went down at the same corner in the group behind). Snow crossings If you do find yourself at a snow crossing, it can be about 30 – 40 feet long (~9 meters). 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