Hey there everyone,
I was browsing the forum for threads regarding HR, and while there are few very specific posts, I wanted to create this as a thread for everyone who participates in an (or several) Hautre Route events in 2021. Of course, everyone is welcome in this thread, whether you have experience with Haute Route, or whether you have never heard of it.
If the latter is the case, it is a series of events, that includes several multi-day (3, 5 or 7) stage races (no rest days, one mountainous TT per event). The events have taken place in several countries over the years. Baring Corona, next year‘s events include 3-day races (Brazil, Crans-Montana(Switzerland), Ventoux (France), Oman, Mexico), 5 day races (Pyrenees and Dolomites), and a 7 Day event in the Alps.
The 3 day events also have a compact version, that have shortened routes, and are starting in one and the same spot every day.
The 5 day and 7 day events are end-to-end, so you sleep in a different location after every stage. No matter which event you choose, bring your climbing shoes, there is a lot of ascending (which I love).
All of it can be ridden in a non-competitive way, or can be raced all out. The field of participants ranges from newbies and „weekend warriors“ to former WT pros and current elite national champions. Two things I particularly like about it are:
- it is all VERY PROFESSIONAL. There are neutral support/ mechanic‘s cars, feeding stations, daily briefings, daily post-ride massages, a luggage service etc.
It is probably the closest a normal rider can feel to a WT pro.
- There are parts of the stages are to be raced (flats and especially climbs), and neutralized parts (tops of climbs and descends). I am not a pro and not willing to risk my health to perform well, so not racing downhill is something I highly appreciate. Also, you also have time to catch a breathe and enjoy the scenery (you are in some of the greatest locations on earth after all).
I am a fan of these events without ever having participated. A friend of mine has, and he got me hooked. I will participate in Crans-Montana and then the brutal Dolomites event next year.
I would love to talk to people who are interested in HR, have similar plans or have made experience with HR. Topics like preparing for something like this, and what ever else to bare in mind, might benefit several people here. So keep it coming!