Distance: 290km with 7,800M+ of climbing
26th - 28th March 2021
Duration: 3 days Distance: 260km
In 2021 Haute Route Brazil will take a unique format; centred in Urubici for the first two days, before moving to the ‘magic island’ of Florianopolis for the final, time trial stage. From the coast to the highlands, this course will be unique and spectacular. You will ride through the rain forests of Urubici, and take on the roads of down town Florianópolis. You will even head up to the highest points of both Southern Brazil, and the island of Florianopolis; a climb which will offer you a truly spectacular ocean view.
Please book flights, to arrive into Florianopolis today, and make your way to your accommodation in Urubici. The Official Haute Route Brazil Hotels have been chosen for their convenient location, in close proximity to the Event Village . Transfers are available today, from Florianopolis Airport, to the event villag in Urubici, at a cost of £75 per person.
Once you have checked into your hotel you can register for the event and visit all the partner and exhibitor stands. Please ensure, after this, that you attend the mandatory Rider Briefing. N.B: The Rider Briefing will be followed by the Event Supporter Briefing which is mandatory for friends and family following the event by car.
PASTA PARTY – To start the Haute Route in the right way, make new friends over dinner at the Pasta Party, which will take place after the Rider Briefing.
Stage 1 of 2021 Haute Route Brazil begins in Urubici, a traditional village in the Santa Catarina countryside. The course starts with a gentle climb, featuring bends reminiscent of the alps, as you cross vineyards in the Serra do Panelão valley, which will help you to warm up for the challenges to come. After a first climb, the route will bring you back to the city centre and the Event Village before a flat section through apple plantations and rocky peaks. Perfect to recover before the final 16-km climb, with steep ramps including the a fearsome kilometre three, a 500m segment with 20% gradient average, which leads you to the finish line, at the summit of Morro da Igreja, the highest inhabited site in the south of Brazil at 1.818m above sea level.
On the road you can expect:
In the evening there will be a briefing for tomorrow’s stage, at the official Haute Route Brazil hotel.
Original – 114KM / 2900M+
Compact – 88KM / 1900M+
Stage 2 is the Queen Stage of the 2021 Haute Route Brazil. You will be escorted in a “parade ride” through the main street of Urubici to warm up, before rolling out of town heading to Serra de Urubici, the first climb of the day, which stand at 12 steady kilometres. Atop Serra de Urubici, you will be 1,561m above sea level; the highest point of Stage 2.
Brazilian nature will unveil its greatness and beauty right in front of you as you enjoy a breath-taking view of the rainforest valley at the top of countless switchbacks of the Serra do Rio do Rastro. With clear skies, you may even see the ocean on the horizon. Serra do Rio do Rastro is known as the “Brazilian Stelvio” and is ranked among the 10 most beautiful climbs in the cycling world. The untimed 13km descent of Serra do Rio do Rastro, closed to traffic, so you can take the descent at your own pace and enjoy the amazing view. Recover while you can, and then take a deep breath before the U-turn to climb the last steep 13km of Serra do Rio do Rastro. Now is your turn to proudly conquer “The Brazilian Stelvio” and cross the finish line at Mirante da Serra do Rio do Rastro.
On the road you can expect:
Today there will be a transfer, of around 3 hours, to the start of Stage 3, in downtown Florianopolis.
Florianopolis, or Floripa as the locals know it, is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Brazil. Located on an island with 42 sandy beaches, great seafood and local cuisine, and the warm hospitality of its people makes it a very popular tourist destination all year round. The 15-km Stage 3 individual time trial, that finises the 2021 Haute Route Brazil, is the only Haute Route stage entirely organised on the beachfront. It gives you the opportunity to go all out, from the Hercílio Luz Bridge up to Morro da Cruz. The 360-degree view from the top is, without a doubt, the best way to celebrate becoming an Haute Route Finisher!
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@Markkencroft Brilliant Mark thanks for sharing that
@wigston_duran Great stuff Dean