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Haute Route Alps - Geneva to Nice - 23 - 31 August 2014

23 Aug 2014 to 31 Aug 2014
Haute Route Alps

Haute Route 2014 - Geneva to Nice - 23 - 31 August 2014

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Sports Tours International are pleased to have been chosen to be official travel partner for the 2014 Haute Route, the longest and hardest cyclosportive that takes place from the 23rd until the 31st of August 2014 in the French Alps.

Recently the organisers of the Haute Route Alps and the Haute Route Pyrenees, confirmed the creation of the Haute Route Dolomites-Swiss Alps for 2014. In 2011 came the inaugural edition of the Haute Route Alps and in 2013 the Haute Route Pyrenees, now the Haute Route Dolomites-Swiss Alps is another event to add to the world’s highest and toughest cyclosportives.

We only have a very limited amount of places available to us so please ensure you get in quick! Our package for the Haute Route 2014 is an 8 night package.

Our packages are designed to give you the minimum of hassle so you can focus all your attention on riding the event. All you need to do is do the training and turn up at Geneva airport on the 23rd of August 2014.

We pick you up from the airport, we assist you with building your bike, we will transport your bike bag and any other luggage from hotel to hotel so your bags arrive before you at the hotel each night. Each night we will be on hand for advice and service.

Our experienced guide will keep up to date with all race briefings for you so you don't have to move from your hotel after you finish each day.

Your non-riding partner can come and join you as our minibus will transport passengers from hotel to hotel and we will be on hand at strategic locations with day bags, nutrition and encouragement.

If you have already purchased your Haute Route entry, you can still make use of our support package.

Itinerary

Below is a summary of the seven stages of the Haute Route 2014:

Event Village, Saturday 23rd August: Geneva

  • Stage 1, Sunday 24th August: Geneva - Megève (130km, 3100m)
  • Stage 2, Monday 25th August: Megève - Courchevel (130km, 3900m)
  • Stage 3, Tuesday 26th August: Courchevel - Alpe d’Huez (137km, 4600m)
  • Stage 4, Wednesday 27th August: Bourg d’Oisans - Alpe d’Huez ITT (15km, 1100m)
  • Stage 5, Thursday 28th August: Bourg d’Oisans - Digne-les-Bains (188km, 2900m)
  • Stage 6, Friday 29th August: Digne-les-Bains - Mont Ventoux (159km, 2800m)
  • Stage 7, Saturday 30th August: Digne-les-Bains - Nice (153km, 2350m)

Haute Route Alps 2014 in numbers:

Total distance: 911km Cols & Ascents: 19
Total Ascent: 21,000m
Total Descent: 16,700m
5 Classic stages + 1 Marathon Stage + 1 Individual Time Trial
Highest col: Madeleine 1,993m
Marathon stage (stage 3): 137km, 3 cols and ascents, 4,600m of climbing

Travel Itinerary

Saturday 23rd of August

Arrive directly at the hotel Manotel Royal in Geneva or take the option to fly into Geneva Airport and make use of our airport transfer. We will be operating transfers throughout the day from the airport to hotel Manotel Royal***plus in Geneva centre.

It is advisable to arrive in the morning so you can register and pick up all the extras that are included with your Haute Route entry later in the afternoon. Like last year you will receive:

  • 1 complete set of Haute Route cycling kit
  • Haute Route travel bag with wheels (120 litres), transported from start to finish venue
  • 1 Haute Route back pack (available near finish line for access prior to going to hotel)
  • 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

To see a full list of everything that is included please click here: What's included with a Haute Route entry?

This evening we will organise a race briefing and you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow riders.

Sunday 24th of August: Genève – Megeve

After an early breakfast, make your way to the start of the 2014 Haute Route. The start of the race will be from the Jardin des Anglais in Geneva. This is only a couple of km from our hotel so you can easily ride there.

On the menu today are the Col du Colombière 1613m, Croix Fry 1467m and Aravis 1486m.

We will transport your luggage from Geneva to Megeve for you so all your things are available at the next hotel when you arrive. Non-riders and supporters will be transported by minibus and we intend to stop along the route to provide support to the riders. 

This evening we will enjoy an evening meal together and our staff will be on hand to make any bike adjustments and we will aslo have a race briefing for tomorrow's stage.

Tonight's hotel is the excellent 3 star hotel Terrass Park in Megeve.

Monday 25th of August: Megeve - Courchevel

After breakfast we will make our way to the start. Like every day, we will look after your luggage and we will also take care of the non-riders for the day so you can focus 100% on riding today's stage.

Today's climbs are: Col des Saisies 1657m, Cormet de Roselend 1967m and the ascent to Courchevel 1850m

Tonight we are staying at Hotel Les Peupliers in Courchevel Le Praz and 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 26th of August: Courchevel - Alpe d'Huez

Today is another stage. You will need all the support you can get so we will be on hand to assist you where we can.

Another day full of climbs with the Col de Madeleine 1993m, Glandon 1924m and the ascent of Alpe d’Huez 1860m

Tonight we are staying at the Hotel Pic Blanc with evening meal included. We will be there to offer any support you may require.

Wednesday 27th of August: Le Bourg d'Oisans - Alpe d'Huez

After breakfast we will make our way to the start. Like every day, we will look after your luggage and we will also take care of the non-riders for the day so you can focus 100% on riding today's stage.

Tonight we are staying at Hotel Les Bruyeres and 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 28th of August: Le Bourg d'Oisans - Digne Les Bains

After breakfast we will make our way to the start. Like every day, we will look after your luggage and we will also take care of the non-riders for the day so you can focus 100% on riding today's stage.

The Col d'Ornon 1371m, Parquetout 1398m and Festre 1441m

Tonight we are staying at Hotel Campanile in Digne Les Bains and 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 29th of August: Digne Les Bains - Mont Ventoux

After breakfast we will make our way to the start. Like every day, we will look after your luggage and we will also take care of the non-riders for the day so you can focus 100% on riding today's stage.

Notre Dame Abeilles 1000m and Mont Ventoux 1912m

Tonight we are staying at Hotel Campanile in Digne Les Bains and 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.

Saturday 30th of August: Digne Les Bains - Nice

After breakfast we will make our way to the start. Like every day, we will look after your luggage and we will also take care of the non-riders for the day so you can focus 100% on riding today's stage.

Col du Corobin 1211m, Col du St Barnabé 1365m, Col du Bleine 1439m and Col du Vence 962m

Tonight we are staying at Hotel de Flore just off the Promenade des Anglais and 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.

Sunday 31st of August

Throughout today we will run airport transfers to Nice airport.

Included in our travel packages is:

  • 8 nights accommodation at various hotels on bed and breakfast basis
  • 7 of the nights have dinner at the hotel included
  • Sports Tours International jersey
  • Nightly bike storage at all hotels
  • End of race celebratory dinner at a beach front restaurant on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.
  • Transport of luggage between the stages
  • Transport of non-riding friends or partners between stages
  • Sports Tours Rep support

Not included in our travel packages is:

  • The £1200 (€1500) 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.
  • Your journey to Geneva airport.
  • Any meals and drinks not noted above.
  • Any extras at your accommodation.
  • Travel Insurance - highly recommended.

PRICES:

Non-riding partners plus riders with their own Haute Route Entry:

£1099 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room.

Supplement for the single occupancy of a room is £489 for the sole occupancy of a twin or double room.

Entry fee to the 2014 Haute Route; £1200. 

What's included with the entry? click here

Twin to share

If you would like to join us as a single traveller but 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 rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra. Simply click on the green button and select the twin to share option.

How to book

Click on the green button at the top of the page. 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.

Important Information

To enter the Haute Route, you require a medical certificate that states that you are capable of cycling in cycling competitions.

For travellers from the EU, visas are not required to enter Switzerland or France. You need a passport or a European identity card. All non-UK passport holders must check their own country's entry requirements for the UK. General Travel Information is also available.

For details of insurance for the our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.

To book, please click on the green button at the top of the page or click here. 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.

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