HAUTE ROUTE ALPS
RACE THE SEVEN DAYS EVENT OF HAUTE ROUTE ALPS
LIKE A PRO WITH OMR PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT
9 DAYS - 8 NIGHTS
The eighth edition of the Haute Route Alps – the original event of the European Haute Route multi-day cyclosportive series – returns to its North to South route in 2022.
With another classic week of fully timed and ranked cycling from Nice to Megeve, experience the best blend so far of hard days on the bike, classic Alpine climbs and event villages set in some of France’s most famous ski resorts.
Whether you are a hardened campaigner or looking for your first taste of the majesty of one of Europe’s greatest cycling playgrounds, take on a spectacular course in the heart of the French Alps.
The OMR crew is ready each day to give our “team” the full Pro Tour service and experience. You’ll find your bike ready each morning, drink bottles ready refilled as you like them, Massage after each stage and a freshly laundered riding kit for every day. Additionally we provide nutritional guidance and supplements and will be present at strategic locations for refueling and kit drops zones during the race. We will give you daily route wraps and guidance and personalized ride strategy. You will truly feel like a Pro when we sit down together for an organized dinner and discuss tactics for the following day. Our objective is leave all the logistic to us so you can concentrate fully on the day’s ride ahead!
Whatever your objectives are for the Haute Route, it is the ultimate challenge for any rider who takes their riding seriously. One to definitely have on your bucket list!
Do you Want to compete in the Duo Classification? Team up with Andrea, winner of 2014 Pyrenees edition, as your super domestique! Take advantage of his racing experience to get the most out of your event!
Famous Locations: Lombarde, Agnel, Izoard and many others!
WHO WOULD ENJOY THIS EXPERIENCE?
The experience is built for all riders able to ride for 4-6 hours. The HR is a high-intensity race, but most of riders take it as a true cycling adventure across one of the most picturesque region in the world.
Whether you are looking to compete, to enjoy a momentous week in one of Europe’s most iconic and beautiful cycling regions or simply aiming to get this epic challenge ticked off, the Haute Route Alps will be a week to remember.
In keeping with the Haute Route proposition, you will be privy to the unrivalled level of both on and off the bike that makes the Haute Route such a unique experience. Living and riding like a professional for a full week, you will get to benefit from a host of services including mechanical support, massages, luggage transport, briefings, road security and much more.
THE TOUR INCLUDES
A fantastic tour itinerary designed by Andrea
All accommodations in the best hotels available in each town, in twin-double room
All breakfasts, 1 lunch, and all dinners (race lunch included in the HR registration fee)
At least 2 professional guides on tour (one fully qualified mechanic)
Van support throughout the tour and the race
All in-tour transfers
Private feed stations with snacks and food supplements including electrolytes, gels, and energy bars during rides by OTE Sport
Massage at hotel after each ride
Laundry service every other day
Garmin 810-820 loan unit with maps for duration of tour
1 top quality cycling kit made by RAPHA (jersey, knicks, socks)
1 SCICON Race bag with your name and nationality
Free use of a POC helmet
Detailed printed tour information booklet
Extra activities besides cycling: Spa, Chair lift, shopping!
Small group of max 12 riders.
MORE ABOUT THE TERRAIN
With 800km and 21,000 metres of climbing, the 10th edition of the Haute Route Alps will feature some of the world’s most renowned cycling cols and some new ascents. Serving up a good helping of the best of the Alps, this 7-day event is a challenge designed for cycling enthusiasts from across the globe.
The Race will start in Megeve and Finish in Nice, whilst also visiting a number of host towns throughout the week, allowing you to discover the raw beauty of this mountain range.
Climbs like the magnificent Col D'Izoard, often act as the centerpiece and the highest point of the week, but there are plenty of other to conquer! Lombarde, Sarenne, Loze....all of them are long and steady, with a gradient that is generally around 6-8%. Be prepared to climb for 4-5 hours a day!
ON REQUEST, NOT INCLUDED
Haute Route registration fee (+€ 1850 approx)
Single room (70 euro x day)
High-end rental bike
Personal airport transfer
Day 1 - NICE Warm up ride
Main Route: 30km, 18mi
Total Ascent: 400m, 1200ft
This is a warm-up ride to ease the legs and body before 7 days of intense riding. Some of you may have only recently stepped off a plane, so this ride offers a great way to “tease” out that tiredness. It will include some small climbs and offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. After the short ride, we will complete the registration process and tune up the bikes, before a big dinner!
Day 2 - HR Stage 1 Nice to Cuneo
Main Route: 181km, 105mi
Total Ascent: 4100m, 12500ft
Conquering two epic cols in 181km and accruing 4100m+ across two countries, Stage One is not pulling any punches. Winding into the green, rolling hills above Nice, riders will leave the Côte d’Azur, passing through quiet villages to the first col on the menu; the iconic Col du Saint-Martin. Then, in an Haute Route Alps-first, the course climbs the legendary Col de la Lombarde into Italy. This spectacular 20-kilometre climb to the Italian border will be one to remember. The first stage comes to an end at the vibrant Italian city of Cuneo.
Day 3 - HR Stage 2 Cuneo to Col D'Izoard
Main Route: 118km, 75mi
Total Ascent: 3600m, 11500ft
Racing away from Cuneo, riders will have all eyes on the legendary Col d’Agnel. Featured in both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, this special climb is the third-highest paved road in the Alps. After descending back into France, the focus will shift to another classic: Col d’Izoard. Climbing from the south, past the incomparable Casse Desserte, riders will reach the summit with 117km and 3,600m+ under their belts.
Day 4 - HR Stage 3 Briancon to Les Deux Alpes
Main Route: 108km, 70mi
Total Ascent: 3200m, 10500ft
A long ascent to Col du Lautaret from Serre Chevalier Briançon is the perfect warm up, with steady gradients and epic views of the Écrins mountain range. But the main course of the day will no doubt be the spectacular loop to Alpe d’Huez via Col de Sarenne, and the unforgettable balcony road to Le Freney d’Oisans. After topping the col, riders will enjoy the remote and scenic nine-kilometer traverse into Alpe d’Huez before starting the descent of its legendary switchbacks.The stage comes to a dramatic close with the race to Les 2 Alpes.
Day 5 - HR Stage 4 Les Deux Alpes to Meribel
Main Route: 152km, 95mi Total Ascent: 4100m, 13500ft
Today we take a well deserved break and enjoy some time off the bike.
Massage, bike wash, a nice walk in town...and tons of carbs ahead of the big day!
Day 6 - HR Stage 5 Meribel to Col De La Loze
Main Route: 10km, 6mi
Total Ascent: 850m, 3000ft
Choosing the location for the Haute Route Alps time trial is always a fun task. It’s an opportunity to condense everything we love about riding in the Alps into one all-out uphill blast. And the 2022 time trial is no exception. In an Haute Route first, Col de la Loze will host the finish line for the uphill time trial. Churning out equal amounts of breathtaking beauty and heartbreaking double-figure ramps, this 10km climb from Méribel to La Loze will keep the best of them on their toes.
Day 7 - HR Stage 6 Meribel to Megeve
Main Route: 138km, 80mi
Total Ascent: 3500m, 10500ft
The penultimate stage will take riders from Méribel to Megève via some classic climbs guaranteed to take your breath away. Riders will start the day with the stunning switchbacks to the Col du Tra, before heading north to the legendary Cormet de Roselend. Featuring in no less than 12 Tour de France stages, Roselend is as legendary as it is spectacular, making it the ultimate bucket-list pass. Dropping down the north-west side of the pass with it’s stunning turquoise lake, riders then turn their attention to lovely Saisies, racing into the green rolling mountains surrounding Megève.
Day 8 - HR Stage 7 Megeve to Megeve
Main Route: 99km, 60mi
Total Ascent: 2400m, 7500ft
Saving some of the best for last, the final stage of the 2022 Haute Route Alps will be an absolute beauty. In an epic, 148km loop from Megève, the stage will take in a host of short climbs around the stunning green surrounds of the Haute-Savoie. With Col de l’Epine, Col de la Croix Fry and Col des Aravis all on the menu, the picturesque ride is the perfect final chapter to this edition of the Haute Route Alps.
Day 9 - MARATONA DLES DOLOMITI
Main Route: 118km, 7mi Total Ascent: 3600m, 10500ft
The big day: the Dolomites are waiting for you!
Are you doing the Short or Long Course?
We will enjoy the great scenery and the excitement of the race with 10000 riders from all over the world! See you at the finish line in Corvara
Day 9 - Goodbye
Packing and transfer to Airport
After a nice breakfast, bike packing and transfer to Airport