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Haute Route Alps 2018

22nd August to 2nd September 2018
(Event dates 26th August to 1st September)

Rider support and travel packages with entry, the best staff in the business and hotels in the best places for the 2018 Haute Route Alps are now available. Event dates are 26th August to 1st September 2018 and the Start Village opens on Saturday 25th August.
Live like a pro rider for a week and ride 900 of the hardest yet most enjoyable kilometres of your life in 7 consecutive stages. In 2017, riders conquered over 22,000m of climbing across almost 900km of riding on the way from Nice to Geneva.

The 2018 Haute Route Alps starts in Megeve on Sunday 26th August and finishes in Nice on Saturday 1st September.

The concept of the Haute Route Alps is: 7 consecutive timed stages (including one ‘Marathon Stage’ and one individual time-trial), maximum number of legendary cols, minimal flat sections, mountain top finishes where possible, maximum length timed sections, individual timing and all climbs timed.

The stages of the Haute Route Alps: Megève – Nice (787KM, 20,650M+):

Stage 1: Megève – Megève (111KM, 2,900M+)
Cols: Aravis 1,487M / Colombière 1,618M / Romme 1,291M / Domancy 790M / Côte 2000 1,495M

Stage 2: Megève – Col du Télégraphe (157KM, 3,650M+)
Cols: Saisies 1,660M / Madeleine 2,000M / Télégraphe 1,566M

Stage 3: Valloire – Les 2 Alpes (107KM, 3,750M+)
Cols: Galibier 2,642M / Sarenne 1,999M / Les 2 Alpes 1,652M

Stage 4: Les 2 Alpes – Saint-Véran (111KM, 3,250M+)
Cols: Lautaret 2,058M / Izoard 2,360M / Saint-Véran 2,030M

Stage 5: TT Guillestre – Risoul (14KM, 900M+)
Col: Risoul 1,865M

Stage 6: Risoul – Auron (112KM, 3,200M+)
Cols: Vars 2,109M / Bonette 2,715M / Auron 1,691M

Stage 7: Auron – Nice (175KM, 3,000M+)
Cols: Couillole 1,678M / St Raphaël 876M / Vence 963M

Why book 2018 Haute Route with us?
Sports Tours International have been involved with the Haute Route from the very beginning. We know how to support our athletes during this physically and mentally demanding event. Our support package lets you fully focus on the job at hand.

  • Airport transfers and 6 evening meals are included
  • You will know in advance what hotels you are staying at. All hotels are in ideal locations and of excellent standard
  • Our experienced reps and pro mechanic will be on hand throughout the event to support you and we will go to all race briefings for you and give you personal daily briefings so you can stay at the hotel to recover
  • We transport your luggage daily and we will transport you and your bike to and from the finish and start if required
  • We provide daily private feed and support stops en route
  • We provide airport transfers and transport for non-riding partners who book through us

All this with Haute Route Pro support to emulate the Pro Cyclist experience as much as is possible for an amateur cyclist.
Check out a great article from the Guardian that takes a closer look into the Haute Route highs and heartbreak – what motivates cyclists on tough rides? Read more here
What was the 2017 Haute Route Alps like? READ JIM’S BLOG HERE.

To download more information:
• Official website: www.hauteroute.org
• Twitter (# hauteroute): twitter.com / haute_route
• Facebook: facebook.com / CyclingHauteRoute

The Hotels:

★★★ Hotel Au Coin du Feu in Megeve:
At only a few minutes away from the centre of Megève, this elegant hotel welcomes you in a warm atmosphere. The Au Coin du Feu Hotel offers an authentic chalet-style setting and tastefully decorated rooms with mountain view. All the rooms are elegantly furnished and equipped with modern amenities.
You can enjoy fine dining in the hotel’s restaurant or enjoy a snack on the outdoor terrace. There is also a bar/lounge that is perfect for relaxing with friends over a drink. There is also a relaxation area with a full range of facilities including a treatment room, sauna, hammam and fitness centre.
Your stay here will include breakfast and evening meals.

★★★★ Hotel Chalet St Georges Megeve:
This 4-star high-end hotel in a charming, antiques-filled chalet is a 5-minute walk from Casino Barrière de Megève. The rooms feature country decor and classic artworks mixing with alpine-style furnishings. They have free WiFi and satellite TV. Some have balconies.
Most rooms have wood-panelled walls. There are 2 cozy lounges, including 1 with a fireplace, with games and books. A simple spa offers a sauna and massages at an additional cost.
You will stay here on bed and breakfast basis.

★★★ Hotel Les Barnieres in Guillestre:
The 3-star Hotel Barnieres is located near the centre of Guillestre. Les Barnieres has an outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court and a terrace with panoramic mountain views. It also has a bar and an on-site restaurant.
All of the rooms at Hotel Restaurant Les Barnieres have mountain views and a flat-screen TV. Each room also includes a private bathroom with a bath.
A buffet breakfast with hot drinks, jams, ham and cereals is served daily in the communal lounge. The hotel’s restaurant offers traditional dishes from the region for lunch and dinner. Free Wi-Fi is provided in public areas.

★★★★ Novotel Nice:
Perfectly located 10 min from the old town, flower market, sea and the Promenade des Anglais. Opposite the Nice Acropolis Convention Center, our hotel offers free WiFi and five meeting rooms. Relax on our outstanding terrace, in our panoramic swimming pool or at one of the many spas facing the hotel. Taste the restaurant’s selection of organic dishes.

Travel Itinerary:

Wednesday 22nd August, 2018 – Optional early arrival day:
If you book your extra nights through us, we will provide transfers from Geneva airport at set times today. We will offer 1 transfer this afternoon at 16.00 to Megeve.
Early nights are available at the hotel Au Coin du Feu in Megeve on a bed and breakfast basis.

Thursday 23rd August, 2018 – Optional early arrival day:
If you book your extra nights through us, we will provide transfers from Geneva airport at set times today. We will offer 2 airport transfers today with 1 departing Geneva airport at 11.00 and another this afternoon at 16.00 to Megeve.
Early nights are available at the hotel Au Coin du Feu in Megeve on a bed and breakfast basis.

Friday 24th of August 2018 – Optional early arrival day:
If you book your extra nights through us, we will provide transfers from Geneva airport at set times today. We will offer 2 airport transfers today with 1 departing Geneva airport at 11.00 and another this afternoon at 16.00 to Megeve.
Early nights are available at the hotel Au Coin du Feu in Megeve on a bed and breakfast basis.

Saturday 25th of August 2018:
The event village will be in Megeve and this is where we will be in place to welcome the 2018 Haute Route Alps riders. Please arrive early enough today to give you enough time to register and be fully prepared for the first stage on Sunday. We will run one transfer from Geneva airport, leaving at 14:00.

You will receive among other things:

  • 1 complete set of Haute Route cycling kit
  • Haute Route travel bag with wheels, transported from start to finish
  • 1 Haute Route back pack
  • Mechanical support from Mavic both at each race village and along the route (not for repairing punctures)
  • A personalised frame plate and 2 sets of race numbers
  • Pit stops and refreshment breaks (solid, liquid, energy products) during each stage
  • A hot meal at the finish of each stage

This evening there is a Pasta Party provided by the Haute Route. This evening we will organise a race briefing and you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow riders.

Sunday 26th of August: Stage 1 - Megève – Megève (111KM, 2,900M+):
Like every day your hotel will have an early breakfast before you roll out to the start of today’s stage.
As with every stage, we will provide support alongside the Haute Route feed stations.
Evening meal at the hotel in Megeve tonight.

Monday 27th of August - Stage 2: Megève – Col du Télégraphe (157KM, 3,650M+):
Like every day your hotel will have an early breakfast before you roll out to the start of today’s stage. Where stages finish in a different town, we will transport your luggage to the next hotel.
Tonight we will enjoy a well-earned evening meal together. We will be there to help you with any mechanical issues or any other advice or support.
We are staying in Valloire tonight

Tuesday 28th of August - Stage 3: Valloire – Les 2 Alpes (107KM, 3,750M+):
Like every day your hotel will have an early breakfast before you roll out to the start of the day’s stage and your luggage will be transported ahead of you to the next hotel whilst you ride. We will provide you with additional assistance during the stage.
Tonight we will enjoy a well-earned evening meal together. We will be there to help you with any mechanical issues or any other advice or support.
We are staying in Les 2 Alpes tonight

Wednesday 29th of August - Stage 4: Les 2 Alpes – Saint-Véran (111KM, 3,250M+):
Tonight we will enjoy a well-earned evening meal together. We will be there to help you with any mechanical issues or any other advice or support.
We are staying in Guillestre tonight

Thursday 30th of August - Stage 5: TT Guillestre – Risoul (14KM, 900M+):
There is always an Individual Time Trial in the middle of the week. This is 14km of constant climbing, and it’s up to you whether you want to go all out today or take it at a steadier pace with 2 more days to come.
Tonight we will enjoy a well-earned evening meal together. We will be there to help you with any mechanical issues or any other advice or support.
We will stay a second night in Guillestre

Friday 31st of August - Stage 6: Risoul – Auron (112KM, 3,200M+):
Like every day your hotel will have an early breakfast before you roll out to the start of the day’s stage and your luggage will be transported ahead of you to the next hotel whilst you ride. We will provide you with additional assistance during the stage.
Tonight we will enjoy a well-earned evening meal together. We will be there to help you with any mechanical issues or any other advice or support.
We will stay in Isola 2000 this evening

Saturday 1st of September - Stage 7: Auron – Nice (175KM, 3,000M+):
You will be elated that you have completed the challenge of a lifetime. Tonight we will be in Nice.
After today’s stage there will be a closing party, your chance to celebrate your achievements with the other hundreds of riders from around the world.
We will stay in Nice tonight

Sunday 2nd of September:
We will run transfers to Nice airport today.  Please book flights departing after 10:00.

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£1,649 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room.
Supplement for the single occupancy of a room is £499

Extra hotel night before the event in Megeve or after the event in Nice on B&B:

1 night in Megeve 24/08 – £95 per person if sharing a room and £165 per person for a single room
2 nights in Megeve 23/08 and 24/08 – £195 per person if sharing a room and £335 per person for a single room
3 nights in Megeve 22/08, 23/08, 24/08 – £290 per person if sharing a room and £500 per person for a single room
1 night in Nice 02/09 – £75 per person if sharing a room and £135 per person for a single room

Please email us for detail of extra hotel nights and early/late transfers.

Transfers:
On arrival Megeve is about 1hr30mins from Geneva airport.
If you arrive earlier than our standard package dates then we will provide airport transfers from Geneva to Megeve for those who have booked extra night’s accommodation through us at set times:

  • 22 August – departure at 16.00 from Geneva airport
  • 23 August – departures at 11.00 and 16.00 from Geneva airport
  • 24 August – departures at 11.00 and 16.00 from Geneva airport

On 25 August we will provide one airport transfer at 14.00 to ensure we get to Megeve on time to register for the event.

Entry fee to the 2018 Haute Route:
£1,450 per entry
What’s included with the entry? click here

Included in your travel packages is:

  • 8 nights accommodation at various well placed hotels
  • Daily breakfasts
  • 6 of the nights have the evening meal at the hotel included
  • Nightly bike storage at all hotels
  • Airport transfers
  • Transport after the finish or to the start if required
  • Transport of luggage between the stages
  • Transport of non-riding friends or partners between stages
  • Sports Tours staff support during each stage and in the evenings
  • A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information

Also available with our travel packages is:

  • The Haute Route entry plus all extras that this includes (Please view www.hauteroute.org for details) – this is payable at time of booking and is included in your deposit
  • Travel Insurance – highly recommended. Please visit our insurance page
  • To take part in the 2018 Haute Route you have to get a medical certificate signed by your doctor within the last year from the event date, our partners offer online medical certification

HOW TO BOOK:
Click on the green button below.
At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.

Please click here for our full booking conditions.

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Important Information:

Medical certificate:
To take part in the Sportive you have to get a medical certificate signed by your doctor within the last year from the event date, our partners offer online medical certification.

Sports Travel – Keeping safe:
For some tips on how to stay safe whilst you travel, please have a look here

Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another traveller (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.

General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page.General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.

Travel Insurance:
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in cycling events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.

 

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