Modeled after OC Sport’s three successful events in Europe — Haute Route Alps, Pyrénées, and Dolomites — Mavic Haute Route Rockies is set for its inaugural run in 2017 with six host cities in Colorado confirmed.
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The seven day, 550-mile (875km) route features more than 52,000 feet (16,000 meters) of climbing. Akin to a marathon running race or an Ironman triathlon, Haute Route events are timed for all, and quite competitive at the front of the group, but for most, it is an achievement to simply finish the tough week of riding.
Mavic Haute Route Rockies host cities
Day 1: Boulder – Boulder
Day 2: Boulder – Winter Park
Day 3: Winter Park – Avon
Day 4: Avon – Avon (Individual Time Trial)
Day 5: Avon – Snowmass Village
Day 6: Snowmass Village – Crested Butte
Day 7: TBA – Colorado Springs
VeloNews’s Spencer Powlison rode the test event earlier in 2016 and wrote daily rider journals from the event >>.
“With stops at Winter Park, Avon, Snowmass Village, and Crested Butte, I have no doubt that the inaugural Mavic Haute Route Rockies peloton will experience a true taste of Colorado and its vast terrain, including some iconic climbs and a handful of roads that are seldom travelled,” said Chandler Smith, Mavic Haute Route Rockies race director.
The complete route, including specific climbs and passes will be announced in the following months. Registration for the 2017 event is open. Currently there are only 50 places left at the discounted price of $2,200 before the price increases to $2,400.
Like all Haute Route events, organizers will afford a convoy of safety vehicles and mechanical support, stage timing and ranking, feed stations, as well as Mavic’s exclusive event jersey, arm warmers and bib shorts. Daily massages, hot food at the stage finish, daily stage briefings, and transfer of luggage to pre-booked accommodations between stages will also be provided.