Haute Route 2021 participants thread

HR pyrenees looking good as of now for july

I am heading down a week early, my boss said it was ok that i work from there that week, looking forward to a few rides in the evenings.

I will be doing the same with the Haute Route events. It is a good opportunity to acclimatize to altitude and local climate, and a great opportunity to tick a few climbs off my bucket list.
Before HR Crans Montana I‘ll stay in beautiful Andermatt for a few nights, and will try my luck on Sustenpass.
The big aim here however is the „Giants of Switzerland“-Loop. Has to be about as great of a 100k ride as you can get anywhere.

For HR Dolomites I really have to test my legs on Zoncolan and Mortirolo. Not really sure why I would do this to myself but it would be a waste not doing it once I am there anyway…


I live in northern switzerland and i have that loop on my list too

I had planned to do it next weekend but the weather has been terrible and didn’t want to risk it

Handy local weather app


Yeah, I have seen that, too. I will be there second week of June and as of current forecasts, the temperature is set to stabilize above zero at pass altitude. All else I‘ll have to see about. Not looking forward to riding the cobbles of San Gottardo in the snow!

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Have you not done the AlpenBrevet? I see this year that Gottardpass is removed but normally each of the passes in @mtdrinan’s weather pic is part of the Gold route. It’s a great event.

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I just realized that I have my second Moderna shot on 8 June… here’s to hoping that doesn’t impact riding Crans-Montana starting 11 June. :crossed_fingers:

I did this event in 2019 and it’s actually the first day that’s the worst, at least it was for me. The third day was a breeze to be honest, and was the easiest ascent up the mountain.

I am fully expecting stage one to hurt badly, it has the most climbing, it has gravel, it has the steepest climb, and after the stage, it has 47k of transition. Sounds like a pretty brutal, 150k 3800m stage.

Oof, gravel. There was no gravel when I did it. Keep in mind the transition is halved by going back down Ventoux for 20km so it isn’t too bad.

Just saw this HR Brazil 2021 clip…given that Brazil is a covid mess, Idk what are this ppl thinking ??

Haute Route - Crans-Montana Stage 1 in the books and wow, it was tough.
The Second climb was incredibly steep (10% for 8.8k, 20 max). I went out pretty hard but a few Ks in it became so steep, that even my 35/36 forced me into the red.
The last climb of the day (Col de Sanetsch) had the most beautiful scenery I have cycled in so far. But damn it was hard, 1450m of elevation over 20k.
That one really cracked me up.


I commented on my overall experience here: Where did you ride OUTSIDE today (2021) - #716 by Aeroiseverything

Now, finally they updated the GC and I am quite pleased with it:

Total time was 5:56:10, finishing 24th of 155 in the GC (164 started the event).
Third of the under 30s is probably the best thing to take away.

Regardless of the result, it was a great event in amazing scenery. Absolutely professional and great atmosphere.

I am really looking forward to the Dolomites event later this year, although it scares me quite a bit also😅

For people interested in giving Haute Route a go:
I can really recommend a 3 day event to start off. 3 day events are in one base village, while the longer events are end to end. So logistics etc of a 3 day event are very easy.
Also, the Crans Montana event in particular is great. Firstly, Crans Montana is a beautiful little village, looking over the beautiful Rhône Valley. You can see the Mont Blanc, the Dufourspitze, and the Matterhorn. I have never seen mountains of this magnitude in real life, and it is jaw dropping.
The stage choice was great, and I think it very achievable, but still absolutely challenging. The climbs are probably not your typical bucket list climbs like Alpe d‘Huez or Passo Stelvio, but they can absolutely match those in terms of length, steepness, and beauty.
Col du Sanetsch and Barrage de la Grande Dixence are both 1 mile + climbs, so they are bigger than Mont Ventoux or Col du Galibier. Also, you are going from the the beautiful Swiss villages to the forests into the bare high Alps. Amazing!

The Ovronnaz climb is a steep beast than can match the famous steep climbs of the Dolomites or Pyrenees. 10% average for 9k, with 2 very evil Ks right in the middle, that average over 12%.

The Col du Crans Montana was the climb for the final time trial, and with over 8% average gradient for 15+ km, it is bigger than Alpe d‘Huez or Passo Umbrail.

Besides the fantastic climbs, one thing about the course that I really loved was that all the descents were neutralized and you could only focus your power on going uphill.
I just don‘t want to race DOWN a 9% climb. Some people love it, I don‘t. Also, it gives you time to recuperate, but also to enjoy and to take pictures of the stunning nature that you just suffered through on the way up.

I would definitely recommend this event!


Congratulations on your results! I had a smile on my face when you mentioned the size of the mountains. That is exactly how I felt the first time riding in the Alps. Beautiful pics as well.
Dolomites will blow your mind, if the weather is nice…

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