Discover narrow roads, wild country and steep climbs on the Haute Route Pyrenees. Serving up a good helping of the best of the Pyrenees, this 7-day event is a challenge designed for cycling enthusiasts from across the globe.
The Haute Route Pyrenees is the most rustic and naturally beautiful Haute Route event boasting spectacular scenery and a rich small-town backdrop at one with local culture. The sixth edition will both start and finish in Pau, whilst also visiting a number of host towns throughout the week, allowing you to discover the raw beauty of this mountain range.
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.
Whilst this is the shortest mountain stage of the week, the fourth stage is by no means the easiest. In fact, it is probably the toughest. Totalling 103km in length with 4,000m of climbing, riders will have to summit two major cols before taking on the ascent to the finish on the Col du Portet. Having descended down it the previous day, riders will head up the Tourmalet for the second time in 24hrs, this time starting from Luz-Saint-Sauveur. The Col d’Hourquette-Ancizan that ensues will appear relatively easily compared to the final ascent that awaits on the Col du Portet. Culminating at 2,215m, this col will be the highest point of the week and a guaranteed highlight on the freshly paved road.
Following a tough stage on day four, riders will be delighted to know that stage 5 is Time Trial day for the 2018 Haute Route Pyrenees. On the programme is the beautiful ascent up to Cap de Long that first featured as a summit finish on the 2016 event. Setting off one by one down the ramp from Saint-Lary-Soulan, riders will go head to head with the clock as they ride through some of the most breath-taking scenery of the entire week. Riders will have to remember to look up from their stem to appreciate the hairpin bends and raw beauty of the mountain that they are climbing. Culminating alongside the Cap de Long dam at 2,170m riders will be greeted with a unique and memorable view across a number of glacial lakes.