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Haute Route Pyrenees 2018

16th or 17th to 25th August 2018
(Event dates 18th-24th August)

Haute Route PyreneesRider support and travel packages with entry, the best staff in the business and hotels in the best places for the 2018 Haute Route Pyrenees are now available.

The 2018 Haute Route Pyrenees starts in Pau on Saturday 18th August, and finishes in Pau on Friday 24th August. (The start village opens on Friday 17th August).

The concept of the Haute Route Pyrenees 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.
All this with Haute Route Pro support to emulate the Pro Cyclist experience as much as is possible for an amateur cyclist.  To download more information: official website: www.hauteroute.org.

Our experienced reps and pro mechanic will be on hand throughout the event to support you. As the race starts and finishes in Pau, we have a luggage store at the hotel in Pau so you can leave bike boxes and any other items there until you return for the final night before departure.

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 almost 19,000m of climbing across almost 900km of riding on the way from the Atlantic coast to Toulouse.

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.

We are pleased to have been chosen as an official travel partner for the Haute Route. This is a tough event and we know how to support our athletes during this physically and mentally demanding event. Jim rode the 2016 Haute Route Pyrenees with us, read Jim’s blog here.

The Haute Route Pyrenees 2018 stage details & main climbs: Pau – Béarn (770KM, 20,000M+):

Stage 1: Pau – Pau (151KM, 2,700M+):
Cols: Labays 1,354m / Bouesou 1,010m / Marie-Blanque 1,035m

Stage 2: Pau – Hautacam (122KM, 3,900M+):
Cols: Aubisque 1,709m / Soulor 1,474m / Spandelles 1,378m / Hautacam 1,525m

Stage 3 Argelès-Gazost – Col de Couraduque (117KM, 3,300M+):
Cols: Lingous 575m / Tourmalet 2,117m / Couraduque 1,367m

Stage 4: Argelès-Gazost – Col de Portet (103KM, 4,000M+):
Cols: Tourmalet 2,117m / Hourquette-Ancizan 1,564m / Portet 2,215m

Stage 5: TT Saint-Lary Soulan – Cap de Long (23KM, 1,400M+):
Col: Cap de Long 2,170m

Stage 6: Saint-Lary Soulan – Peyragudes (130KM, 3,300M+):
Cols: Azet 1,580m / Port de Balès 1,755m / Peyresourde 1,569m / Peyragudes 1,600m

Stage 7: Peyragudes – Pau (124KM, 1,400M+):
Col: Aspin 1,489m

To download more information:

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

Hotels:

★★★★ Quality Hotel Pau:
In the heart of the city centre and the golden triangle of Pau, that most British of French towns, thois hotel has been in the same family for three generations. Its reputation for hospitality is well-known, with 70 soundproofed rooms and all the advantages of a central location without the drawbacks of the city.
This hotel features a fitness room and a sauna, and free Wi-Fi access.
A minibar and a flat-screen TV feature in the rooms, which have a classic décor. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided, and the private bathrooms include a hairdryer.
Please note that guests in this hotel will have dinner at the Best Western, just 300m away

★★★ Hotel Montaigu:
The 3 star hotel restaurant Le Montaigu is in the quiet Pyrenean village of Luz-Saint-Sauveur in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park. The hotel is very close to the centre of Luz-Saint-Sauveur and it has a large terrace and garden with mountain views. The hotel’s restaurant serves regional specialities using local produce. There is also a bar where guests can relax with an aperitif. Secure bike storage is available at the hotel.
Guest rooms at Le Montaigu have a private bathroom and free wi-fi internet access. They are also serviced by a lift.

★★ Auberge Le Cabaliros Argeles-Gazost:
Nestling in the heart of Arcizans-Avant, a charming village in the Hautes-Pyrénées, the Auberge le Cabaliros is a short shuttle from Argeles-Gazost. The family has been running the Auberge for several generations.
The hotel has 7 confortable, recently renovated rooms with a mountain theme. The restaurant serves tasty and finely prepared local products, sometimes straight from the garden, served on the terrace.

★★ Hotel Les Cimes Argeles-Gazost:
Hotel Les Cimes is situated in Argelès-Gazost, a holiday destination and spa resort in the Haute Pyrenees. A few kilometres from Lourdes, Argeles-Gazost provides access to the Tourmalet, Val d’Azun, Hautacam, Cauterets, Luz-Saint-Sauveur, Barèges and Gavarnie.
Much of the hotel is recently renovated and refurnished. All rooms are spacious and cosy, with TV and WiFi acces.
In the garden or on the terrace, there’s plenty of room to recover and soak in your surroundings. There is also an indoor pool and jacuzzi.

★★★★ Hotel Mercure Sensoria Saint Lary:
In a village at the heart of the Pyrenées, the Saint Lary Sensoria mountain hotel offers rooms with views of the peaks. Enjoy a relaxing time on the terrace in the centre of a garden giving onto the mountain, or enjoy a session in our Thermal Spa and Fitness Centre. This is a hotel which has stayed true to its Pyrenean roots, cultivating a genuine charm and welcoming service.  Free Wi-Fi, sauna, Turkish bath, massage and solarium.

TESTIMONIALS:

"Staff made the trip"
Darrel, Roy and Claudio really made the trip
Anon - September 17, 2017

"Absolutely superb"
I think the staff you use make an event for the clients. Darrel and Roy are absolutely superb. They know exactly what clients want from people racing at the front to slower people at the back. And Claudio was a fantastic addition.
Chris - September 10, 2017

"Great Team"
Darrel, Roy and Claudio did a great job, great team.
Daniel - September 8, 2017

"Haute Route Pyrenees 2016"
Just a quick note to say that my Haute Route was incredible.
I feel broken now but incredibly sad it's over and a little lost without it. So many thanks to you, and to all the guys, particularly Ed, Darrel, Roy and Dave, for making this happen. I appreciate you helping me out with the package and the support and tips from the guys was invaluable.
Jim - September 6, 2016

"Haute Route Pyrenees"
Thanks to you, Dave and Daryl for a brilliant week Roy. You all couldn't be better tuned to the needs of the riders. Hope the Alps adventure is going okay - you've got your work cut out there by the sound of it!
Best wishes,
Richard - August 27, 2015

"Haute Route Pyrenees"
We had also booked through Sports Tours International @sportstoursint to provide our accommodation and transport during the event. This can be provided by Haute Route, but as first timers we though it would be useful to be able to draw on their experience of the event and take away any worries about finding hotels or places to eat in the evenings. They were brilliant. The three guys ensured the only time we felt any stress was on the bike thinking about the next climb. All the hotels were well located and the ensured breakfast was always early enough to be well on time for the start and dinner was early enough so we were off to bed a early as possible. They also made sure they were strategically located out on the course during the day to hand out clothes/bottles/food. I would highly recommend them after how well we were looked after.
Iain - August 26, 2015

"Haute Route Pyrenees"
I’ve just completed the Haute Route Pyrenees having booked through you. I just wanted to acknowledge how great the experience and event was as a result of the support given to us by Daryl, Roy and Dave. 3 amazing, top blokes who could not do enough to ensure our perfectly sized group of 17 riders had the best experience possible. The STI brand and awareness of your service was definitely raised at this event.

The STI organisation, service and support ensured all I had to do was concentrate on the riding. Thanks for enhancing what will always be a very special memory. If my wife ever lets me back on a bike for another event and you cover it, I’ll be with you.
Andy - August 22, 2015

Proposed Travel Itinerary:

Thursday 16th August 2018 - Optional early arrival:
If you book an extra hotel night through us, we will provide transfers from Toulouse airport at 12:00 and 17:00. We will also provide transfers from Pau airport throughout the day for riders who book an extra night in our hotel.

Friday 17th August 2018:
We will provide transfers from Toulouse airport at 12:00 and 17:00. We will also provide transfers from Pau airport throughout the day for riders who book an extra night in our hotel.

The event village will be in Pau and this is where we will be in place to welcome the 2018 Haute Route Pyrenees riders. Please arrive early enough today to give you enough time to register and be fully prepared for the first stage on Saturday.

Like last year 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.

Saturday 18th August: Stage 1 - Pau – Pau (151KM, 2,700M+):
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.

Sunday 19th August: Stage 2 - Pau – Hautacam (122KM, 3,900M+):
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.

Monday 20th August - Stage 3 Argelès-Gazost – Col de Couraduque (117KM, 3,300M+):
Like every day your hotel will have an early breakfast before you roll out to the start of the day’s stage. 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.

Tuesday 21st August - Stage 4: Argelès-Gazost – Col de Portet (103KM, 4,000M+):
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.

Wednesday 22nd August - Stage 5: TT Saint-Lary Soulan – Cap de Long (23KM, 1,400M+):
There is always an Individual Time Trial in the middle of the week. This is 23km 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.

Thursday 23rd August: Stage 6 - Saint-Lary Soulan – Peyragudes (130KM, 3,300M+):
Like every day your hotel will have an early breakfast before you roll out to the start of the day’s stage. 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.

Friday 24th August - Stage 7 - Peyragudes – Pau (124KM, 1,400M+):
You will be elated that you have completed the challenge of a lifetime. Tonight we will be back in Pau.
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.

Saturday 25th August: Departure day:
We will run transfers back to Toulouse airport today.  Please book flights departing after 12:00.

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£1,449 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room.
Supplement for the single occupancy of a room is £399

Extra hotel night before or after the event in Pau:
Please email us for detail of extra hotel nights and early/late transfers.

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

Included in your travel packages is:

  • Luggage room at our hotel in Pau for the duration so you don’t need to bring your bike box with you
  • 8 nights accommodation at various well-placed hotels
  • Daily breakfasts
  • 6 of the nights have the evening meal at the hotel included (evening meals on 18th until 23rd inclusive)
  • Nightly secure bike storage at all hotels
  • Airport transfers from Toulouse airport
  • 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:

  • 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 Haute Route events 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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