The winner will join 500 riders from around the world and ride this demanding and inspiring Pyrenean event. Running from Monday 1st to Sunday 7th September, the Haute Route Pyrenees is a daunting challenge, but one characterised by a unique camaraderie generated amongst the cyclists from around the Globe who participate.
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Starting from the iconic Catalan city of Barcelona and finishing in the beautiful French resort of Anglet on the Atlantic coast , you will cover over 750km, ascend 20 legendary mountain cols, totaling a staggering 20,000m – all in in just seven days! Not only that, you will climb some of the most famous cols in cycling lore including TWO ascents of the Col de Tourmalet!
The route offers seven timed stages in the following formats – 5 ‘classic’ stages (averaging 120km with 3 main climbs), a ‘marathon’ stage (148km with 4 cols and 3,900m vertical ascent) and an individual time trial from Luz-St-Sauveur to the Col du Tourmalet!
Ever since Octave Lapize famously shouted “Vous etes des assassins!” at the Tour organisers as he crested the Col d’Aubisque in 1910, the brutal Pyrenean climbs have tested the spirit and tenacity of some of the greatest riders to ever grace a bike – Federico Bahamontes, Charly Gaul, Merckx, Hinault and many more.
And who can forget the defining moment of last year’s race, when Chris Froome launched a devastating attack that left his rivals utterly bewildered as they approached the mountain top finish in Ax 3 Domaines?
The Pyrenees have the power to destroy reputations, yet those who conquer and tame them become legends. Now you too have the opportunity to ride in the shadow of your cycling heroes.
For more information visit: http://www.hauteroutepyrenees.org/
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