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Go inside the Haute Route Pyrenees 2017 route featuring some of the most legendary cols in the world – Tourmalet, Aubisque, Aspin, Superbagneres and many more. Haute Route is the toughest, most prestigious series of amateur cycling events in the world. Each Haute Route celebrates one of the greatest mountain ranges on earth with a seven day, timed sportive and world class support on and off the bike.
On August 13th, 2017 Haute Route Pyrenees will begin its seven day journey. Day One Begins in Anglet on the Bay of Biscay. After 174km and over 3400meters of climbing, riders will begin to understand not just the scope of the challenge but the true majesty of the Pyrenees as they arrive in Oloron Sainte-Marie at the end of Stage One.
Stage Two brings with it epic climbs made famous by legends of the Tour de France – Fausto Coppi, Charly Gaul, Eddy Merckx – The Col d’Aubisque and the Col d’Marie Blanque. The day begins and ends in Pau, after 157km and 2800meters of climbing.
The morning of Day Three brings another sunrise in Pau, and a ride back to the mountains for 3100meters of climbing to Tah-b. Two major climbs stand in your way, including the Tourmalet, the highest paved road in the French Pyrenees and one of the most important climbs in Tour de France history for over 100years.
With weary legs comes a relatively short Stage Four – just 123km – but the greatest challenge in the mountains – almost 4000meters of climbing including the Col d’Aspah and a mountain top finish on the Col du Portillon. This is a day for the climbers, a day for legendary exploits.
Like all great races, there must be a time trial and Stage Five is just 18km – a climb from Bagneres de Luchon to SuperBagneres. A rest day for those that can quiet the inner grand tour contender, a day to rev the engine for those hoping to finish high in the overall.
Stage Six will reveal who spent their energy wisely with 130km and 3600meters of climbing to Hospice de France and another summit finish.
Day Seven dawns with 156km to Toulouse and just 1300m of climbing. A day to reflect on the week’s accomplishments, the climbs summited, the fears conquered, the determination and will that took riders 910km and over 19300meters of climbing in just seven days.
Haute Route Pyrenees 2017 – Angelt to Toulouse – begins August 13th. Seven days celebrating one of the greatest mountain ranges on earth. A mountain range that has written its storied history in the pages of cycling for over 100years. Whether you challenge at the front or just challenge yourself to finish, it’s time to write your own page in that history book.