One guy said to me as he passed me (as everybody else seemed to do) how easy I made it look as I was “so light” on the pedals – because my legs were exerting very little power. Final day – it’s all downhill to Nice from here, right? But even so, when I woke up I didn’t particularly feel like doing a massive hill climb TT. Haute Route Alps 2019. 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. Whilst descending Plateau d’Assy I quickly identified a rider with an appropriate build to act as an unwitting domestique for 20km valley section. This little beast climbed for 24km at 7%, and peaked at 2802m. I managed to cling onto a massive group going at 67kph down the valley. Since launching 10 years ago, Haute Route have established an unrivalled reputation for giving amateur cyclists a taste of life as a pro. probably wasn’t the most restful way to spend the day before the start of Stage 1. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. 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. 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 pressure is well and truly on Maps to come good with that Fendi… kidneys or not. A lovely swooping descent into Serre Chevalier valley followed. Important to conserve energy when you can! The Haute Route’s objective is to deliver an unparalleled 'professional' experience for amateur cyclists. 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. And with a 930am start time instead of the usual 7am we also got a lie in! With a clearer sense of reality, we both addressed day 2 with caution. The answer was to, as Nemo would say, just keep pedalling, up. 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. One final push over the 8km ramp to Pra Loup, and we were home. 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. 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. Surprisingly good legs (for day 5), perfect weather and spectacular scenery to distract from the pain soon changed that! 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. And somehow, even though it was day 7, that’s how I felt for the rest of the stage. All the ups, downs, and sideways of Maps and Morgs Mad Adventure. £85.00 +P&P. It’s a busy road that links Bourg d’oisans with Briancon. It was at this point we knew we’d probably underestimated the strength of the front third of the 500-strong field. Geneva August 2017. Into the business end of the trip, we departed Briançon for the last time. Stage 1 started with a neutralised start to the bottom of Bettex, the first climb. Main cols included and the summit finish in Côte 2000. 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! Sure – we knew that it was split into 2 stages, and that the first part involved going over the Cime de La Bonnette which at 2802m is the highest road in Europe. In the end the fear of the Granon meant that I opted for the latter. 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. Haute Route Alps 2019 - Stage 7. Dropping further into the valley for the first 35km, the bunch tipped 50-60km/hr for, what felt like forever… I found my main man Herve again for the final major climb up to Saint Martin (16km at 6.2%). The Haute Route’s objective is to deliver an unparalleled 'professional' experience for amateur cyclists. Then it’s the 1830 briefing, dinner, repack bag and sleep ASAP before the alarm goes off at 5am. I experienced this as we woke up to snow on day four of the Haute Route trek. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! After a brief interlude in Saint Etienne de Tinée, the peloton restarted for the final lunge for Nice. January 20, 2019. Mark and Lillian’s Haute Route Alps. Great write up. If you’re lucky maybe there will be time for a short nap. 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. I’d lost sight of my man-crush, Herve, and I felt the loss deeply. Just glad you are both coming home regardless of the state you are in!! However from then onwards, things picked up! Stage 4. 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. 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. Haute Route Alps is a 7 day stage race with rankings/general classifications. So the legs will be particularly tired and heavy. 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).

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