Haute Route will have an event in the Rockies in 2017 and Colby Pearce will serve as an event ambassador.
INTRODUCING THE HAUTE ROUTE
The Haute Route is the first global series of multi-day cycling events for amateurs. Whether it’s in Colorado’s Rockies, the French Alps, Pyrenees or Italian Dolomites, these are the highest, toughest and most prestigious amateur races in the world.
Each edition features seven timed and ranked stages with professional-level event organisation including medical teams, mechanical support, rolling road security, film crews and, of course, massages.
Rookie or expert, you will tackle the highest, steepest, most-renowned terrain in world cycling. You will push yourself to your physical and mental limits – and experience what it’s really like to ‘ride like a pro’. Hundreds of riders from around the globe, representing more than 50 nationalities, take part in the Haute Route events that are a mix of Classic and Marathon stages, plus an Individual Time Trial. Each stage is timed and ranked, with overall rankings published at the end of each event (including age, team and gender classifications). Riders can enter as individuals or as teams of up to nine, and a few exceptional riders take on two events (Iron Riders) or all three (Triple Crown Riders).
Pearce will lead rides in conjunction with the event and give 2 free open platform discussions at the Pearce Coaching and Fitting world HQ. Dates and times will be published here and over social. Discussion topics will include:
Event Nutrition: periodization of nutrition during training and preparation, the final days before the event, morning of the event, recovery strategies, and eating on the bike. This will include accommodations and protocols for when things go wrong – IE GI distress, illness, etc.
Equipment Preparation: This will include strategies for bike preparation, tire choices, rim choices, and clothing choices. Clothing will be a big topic since we will be in the Rockies in the summer, and we will likely encounter every weather condition you can imagine from broiling to freezing rain/hail/snow.
Read more about the event here:
24TH TO 30TH JUNE 2017 | 875KM | 16,000M+
From Boulder to Colorado Springs
Seven timed, ranked and fully-supported stages from Saturday 24th to Friday 30th June
Start Village opens on Friday 23rd June
Nearest major airport: Denver International, Colorado Springs
Carving through the heartland of American cycling, the Mavic Haute Route Rockies 2017 will feature an unforgettable combination of jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking climbs. The event offers committed amateur riders the opportunity to compete with a professional level of off-the-bike support unprecedented in US amateur cycling.
The event starts in Boulder on June 24th, 2017 and finishes in Colorado Springs on June 30th. Competitors face seven timed and ranked stages covering 875km (550 miles) and in excess of 16,000 vertical metres (52,500 feet) of climbing on some of Colorado’s best known mountain roads, many soaring above 3,000m in altitude (10,000 feet):
Stage 1: Boulder – Boulder
Stage 2: Boulder – Winter Park
Stage 3: Winter Park – Avon
Stage 4: Avon – Avon (Individual Time Trial)
Stage 5: Avon – Snowmass Village
Stage 6: Snowmass Village – Crested Butte
Stage 7: TBC – Colorado Springs
Influenced by Colorado’s rich cycling culture, sections of dirt and gravel road (approximately 15% of the course) will add a new dimension to the Haute Route proposition but these can still be negotiated on a standard road bike.
A point-to-point event, the Mavic Haute Route Rockies offers a unique platform for committed amateur cyclists to set themselves a defining challenge, while taking in the spectacular Colorado canvas of high plains, deep canyons, lush forests and spectacular mountain roads that are ingrained in the fabric of American road cycling.
Riders will benefit from full mechanical assistance from the event’s Title Partner Mavic – drawing on decades of experience supporting the pro peloton in cycling’s Grand Tours – in addition to daily stage timings, feed stations and Mavic’s exclusive event jersey and bib shorts. Off the bike, daily massages, food in the race village and transfer of luggage to accommodation between stages is provided – all hallmarks of the comprehensive event support experienced by riders in the European Haute Route series since 2011.
The full course will be revealed in the coming months, as permits are obtained through the necessary governing entities. With an entry limit of 600 riders and high demand for places, we encourage you to register early. Purchase your event entry and accommodation package online here.