250 Amateur Cyclists to take part in the Haute Route Pyrenees Race
The Haute Route Pyrenees will see participants begin their journey in Girona (Spain) and end in Pau (France) from July 6 to 10, and will introduce a brand new race format in 5 stages
This staged course will see riders traverse across some of the most beautiful peaks and rugged landscapes that the Pyrenees has to offer. With the Tour de France also racing towards the Pyrenees, there will be an incredible cycling atmosphere and buzz in the region.
New Race Format For A Cross-border Event
The Haute Route, the world's first prestigious staged race circuit for amateur cyclists, has until now offered races over 3 or 7 days. Born from a desire to provide cyclists with the choice for an intermediate solution, the 5-day race format will be inaugurated on the Haute Route Pyrenees.
The 5 stages will cross the French-Spanish border, offering the opportunity to explore both sides of the massif and beautiful Pyrenean roads.
642 Km and 14,700 Meters Of Positive Elevation Gain
With 17 climbs in the race, cyclists will have to show endurance, determination and solidarity to meet the challenge. In total, they will cover 642 km and climb 14,700 meters, the equivalent of 3 times the Mont-Blanc. Some giants of the Pyrenees will be on the program including three in a row during the fourth stage which includes the climbs of the Peyresourde, Hourquette d'Ancizan and Tourmalet passes.
"The Pyrenees have so many breathtaking passes that it was a pleasure to design the routes. We planned a powerful climb with a queen stage in the middle of the event. The wild and magnificent landscapes, typical of the Pyrenees, will be welcomed by riders who will have to work to keep their energy until Pau." Jean-François Alcan, race director of the Haute Route Pyrenees.
The racers will also be able to rely on a level of services equal to that of professional races, a signature of Haute Route races. 5 mechanics, 30 masseurs, 30 safety motorcycles and 8 race support cars will be on hand to help them meet the challenge.
Stage 1: Ripoll - Bolquère Pyrenees 2000 (104km, 2400m ascent)
Stage 2: Bolquère Pyrénées 2000 - Col du Chioula (114km, 2800m ascent)
Stage 3: Ax-les-Thermes - Bagnères-de-Luchon (174km, 3500m ascent)
Stage 4: Bagnères-de-Luchon - Argelès-Gazost (120km, 3300m ascent)
Stage 5: Argelès-Gazost - Pau (130km, 2700m ascent)
For more information, please visit: https://www.hauteroute.org/events/overview/pyrenees-2021-en
Strict Covid Protocols In Place For The Race
A strict sanitary protocol has been established in collaboration with the authorities to allow the runners to concentrate on the most important thing: their race. The initiative has been facilitated by the Haute Route's policy of not aiming for large pelotons, preferring to concentrate on the level of service guaranteed to the runners.
A minimum spacing of 2 meters between the participants is therefore required at all times. There will also be directions, masks, hydro-alcoholic gel and individually-packaged food supplies provided by the organisation.
About the Haute Route
Featuring challenging 3-, 5- and 7-day events in iconic cycling destinations worldwide, the Haute Route is the world’s first global series of prestigious multi-day cycling events for amateur riders. The Haute Route’s objective is to deliver an unparalleled 'professional' experience for amateur cyclists. 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 Haute Route has grown since 2011 to encompass this year’s 7events, including the 10th Anniversary of the first of its events, the Haute Route Alps.
For more information, please visit: https://www.hauteroute.org