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New For 2021 Why This Event Cortina d'Ampezzo The five best rides around Cortina Come Early Bormio The five best rides around Bormio Stay Late Event Village Event Overview Stage 1 Stage 2 Trento Stage 3
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Stage 4 Stage 5 Introducing our on-event app Haute Route Nation Registration Day What To Take With You Feed Stations Bag Logistics Course Highlight #1 Course Highlight #2 Awards and Classifications Safety And Support Course Highlight #3 Partners in 2021
Covid Safety Protocol for 2021 Haute Route Events For over 12 months now, we have been working with expert authorities and using government guidelines to ensure we can provide a Covid-safe environment for our riders, suppliers and staff, plus still deliver all the support and services that makes the Haute Route events so special. We have now established a strict new protocol that that can be both flexible and reactive to the potentially rapidly changing public health situation, plus respect all national and local regulations. Our dedication to safety and support is part of our DNA and has been since the creation of the Haute Route in 2011. This year will be no exception.
HOW DID WE DESIGN THIS PROTOCOL? The first step is an analysis of the pandemic situation. A detailed protocol is then submitted to and agreed on by the local authorities.
HOW WILL THE EVENT BE AFFECTED BY COVID- 19 REGULATIONS? Our protocol for 2021 has been built around two different scenarios under which we will run the event and what effect these varying conditions will have on you.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING? We have specified all the requirements in the protocol, including what you will need to supply prior to or on event. This will include a face mask and either (1) a negative PCR test carried out no more than 48 hours before or, (2) a vaccination certificate, with the last vaccination taken at least 14 days
before the event or, (3) a medical certificate confirming the rider had COVID-19 in the last 6 months and has fully recovered.
HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE UPDATES ON THE PROTOCOL AND SCENARIO CHOSEN FOR THE EVENT? In the three months before each event, registered riders will be kept informed through the Rider Newsletter every two weeks. The final situation for each event will be announced two weeks before the start date.
CAN WE TRAVEL TO THE EVENT AND HOME AGAIN AFTERWARDS? We will be using the Rider Newsletter to inform you as well as possible about the specific situation in the country of the event.
READ THE FULL COVID SAFETY PROTOCOL HTTPS://ISSUU.COM/HAUTE_ROUTE/DOCS/HR_COVIDPROTOCOL_EN_V2 3
New for 2021 Welcome to the 2021 Haute Route Dolomites. We've been working hard behind the scenes to make sure everything is in place so you can be part of the experience of a lifetime. Part of the process is the publication of this guide which we hope will motivate, inspire and excite you as you discover exactly what you have to look forward to. Wishing you the very best of luck with your final preparations! ON- EVENT APP: This year we welcome Ride with GPS to the family. The mobile app will now be your one stop shop for all the details ahead of your Haute Route event, from itineraries to route information and cut-off times.
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Why This Event The thrilling climbs and incredible views in the Italian Dolomites draw cyclists from all over the globe. Now it is your turn to experience this bucket-list destination and be part of an unforgettable event.
Famous climbs such as Passo Giau and Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Three legendary summit finishes
Unforgettable climbs above 2,000m
Stunning scenery including the famous jagged rock faces and snow-capped summits
Idyllic host cities
Quintessential Italy - think thermal baths and rustic restaurants
Cortina d'Ampezzo Welcome to Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Queen of the Dolomites, a gem of sheer beauty in the middle of the Italian Alps. Set in the panoramic Ampezzo Valley, the town is surrounded by some of the most scenic peaks of the Dolomite mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The perfect starting point for the Haute Route Dolomites! This stunning and sunny location makes Cortina a privileged spot for sports enthusiasts and sporting events. The town has hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics, the 1932 and 2021 World Ski Championships and is preparing for the Winter Olympics once again in 2026, this time along with Milan.
Hiking, climbing and biking also make Cortina a sports hotspot in the summer, offering plenty of opportunity to discover its wilderness and incredible beauty. Mountain bikers will find many routes for different levels among the many trails and at the Socrepes Bike Park, while road bikers can try hundreds of kilometres of Dolomite roads, including the legendary passes that make up the history of the Giro d’Italia and host events like the Haute Route every year. A biking event is a great opportunity to enjoy Cortina. With wonderful panoramas, comfortable hotels, fresh air and a picturesque town centre, Cortina gives its guests all they need to feel good, including great food and a variety of wellness options.
The five best rides around Cortina Cortina – Dobbiaco
Easy, 67 km, 1000 m+ An easy and varied route with panoramic views. This route takes you to some of the best-known locations in the Dolomites, returning to the starting point after an enjoyable descent, running alongside the enchanting Lake Misurina and going through the historic village of Alverà. Click here
Cortina - Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Moderate, 44 km, 1600 m+ An enchanting route that takes you from Cortina to the imposing Tre Cime di Lavaredo peaks, via the lakes of Misurina and d’Antorno and countless viewpoints. Click here
Tour of Mt Pelmo
Difficult, 96 km, 2600 m+ Mount Pelmo is the fourth-highest mountain in the Dolomites, after the Marmolada, the Antelao and the Tofane. From Cortina, it’s possible to do a wonderful panoramic tour around this spectacular mountain, which will enable you to see it from different points of view and to see several spectacular mountain passes. Click here
Tour of the six passes
Difficult, 116 km, 3270 m+ A spectacular 116-km route with an ascent of more than 3,000 metres along some of the most enchanting Dolomite passes, with arrival and departure points in Cortina d’Ampezzo. Click here
Cortina – Alta Badia
Difficult, 95 km, 2600 m+ A spectacular 95-km route with a 2,690 m ascent along four enchanting Dolomite passes and past traditional villages, with arrival and departure point in Cortina d’Ampezzo. Click here
Come Early SEE THIS:
Sunrise and sunset in Cima Tofana Cima Tofana is the highest point of Cortina d’Ampezzo and it can be reached by the Freccia nel Cielo cable car. Special sunrise and sunset events are organised over the summer, so visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the view of the Ampezzo Valley from above at a large panoramic terrace. You will be able to admire the rocks of the Dolomites as they appear to change to an orange and pink colour. This phenomenon, which takes place at dusk and dawn, is called enrosadira. This year, at Cima Tofana you can also visit the photo exhibition Per aspera ad astra, taking you back in time to learn about the history of mountain guides and alpinism in Cortina. Click here
Beetroot casunziei: Cortina’s traditional dish Cortina's most typical recipe brings together the simple ingredients of the mountain and the homely feeling of a family gathering. While there are several versions of the casunziei, the most local and traditional is the recipe with beetroot filling. You can find the recipe here.
Ciariè, Cortina's caraway grappa Another recipe of Cortina’s tradition: caraway grappa is widely used in German and South Tyrolean cuisine and is also as a digestif. In the Ampezzo Valley, you can taste it in restaurants, bars and in the mountain huts and alpine farms scattered around Cortina. You can find the recipe here. 12
Golf in Cortina Cortina’s 9-hole golf course is set at the foot of Mounts Faloria and Cristallo. It is a rare gem with some technical challenges. You don’t want to miss the breathtaking view, with each hole spoiling you with different views of the Queen of the Dolomites. The course, designed by Peter Harradine, can be found near the historic Miramonti Majestic Grand Hotel and at 1,250 metres high, it also takes in woods, meadows and breathtaking scenery. Click here
Via Ferrata route of Mount Averau Cortina is the mountain destination with the highest number of via ferrata routes (almost 40) in the Alpine arch. Ferratas are equipped routes, with metal cables, ladders, steps and other fixed features such as wooden walkways and suspended bridges to help you traverse difficult points in the mountains. We suggest you try the easy-medium ferrata which will bring you to the peak of Mount Averau, which dominates the horizon between the Falzarego and Giau Passes. This ferrata offers a magnificent view towards Mount Pelmo, Civetta, Antelao, Sorapiss and the not far-off Tofana di Rozes. Click here
Dolomieu Trail The Dolomieu trail is dedicated to Déodat de Dolomieu, the French geologist who discovered the mineral dolomite that would be named after him. Along this panoramic walk from Rifugio Faloria to Rio Gere, you will have the opportunity to admire wonderful landscapes and hidden glimpses of the Ampezzo Valley. After the hike, you can visit the Paleontological Museum, as this year there is a special exhibition dedicated to Dolomieu. Click Here 13
Bormio Bormio is a medieval town located in the Italian Alps.
from Bormio to Bormio 2000 and the ascent of the Bernina Pass from Tirano.
It's a popular winter sports resort, annually hosting the Alpine Ski World Cup on the legendary Stelvio slope and is considered an all-year-round destination, with many coming to enjoy the hot springs which provide water to three thermal baths
The Bormio region is also a paradise for mountain biking lovers, too. Immersed in the beautiful nature of the Stelvio National Park, you can explore over 372 miles (600 km) of trails of varying difficulty and beauty. For lovers of speed and adrenaline, you can challenge gravity on the downhill and freeride trails at the Bormio Bike Park while enduro enthusiasts can test themselves on the trails of S. Caterina.
Summer also has a significant role for the local tourism industry. Every year thousands of cyclist’s head to the region to enjoy the passes around Bormio, many of which make up the mythical big climbs of modern professional cycling and famous races such as the Giro d’Italia. To climb big passes such as Stelvio, Gavia and Mortirolo is always a dream and a goal for enthusiastic road cyclists who want to challenge themselves and their personal limits. There are many popular climbs worth riding in the area, whether it is the Cancano lakes, the ascent
Sports have a key impact when choosing Bormio as a holiday destination but it's the well-being factor that makes the resort so popular. After an exciting and fulfilling day, visitors can relax in in the unique thermal spas.
The five best rides around Bormio Bormio – Passo dello Stelvio
The Stelvio Pass is the ‘Cima Coppi’, holding legendary status in the world of cycling. It can be reached from three different routes. The Valtellina side, starting in Bormio and at 21 km long, is truly spectacular. Following the Braulio valley, the climb is challenging, with a succession of hairpin bends (40 in total) within the Stelvio National Park and surrounded by an untouched natural landscape. It is not uncommon to come across some unusual spectators along the way like marmots, chamois, ibex and golden eagles.
Bormio – Passo Gavia
The Gavia pass became famous thanks to the Giro d’Italia passing through in 1988 in the middle of a snowstorm, consolidating its reputation as the Epic Climb! The road’s narrowness discourages drivers making it ideal for cyclists. The Valtellina side can be reached from Bormio, where the climb starts and then gets steeper after Santa Caterina Valfurva. At the top of the pass the Madonna delle Vette (the Madonna of the peaks) awaits and is said to protect cyclists.
Bormio – Mazzo – Passo del Mortirolo
Year after year, this climb features on every cyclist’s bucket list! The Mortirolo pass is a tough ascent which pushes muscles and lungs to the limit. So much so that, in the last thirty years, it has been the setting for many cycling battles. The road is known as the Salita del Pirata (‘the Pirate’s Ascent’) in honour of Marco Pantani, whose achievements here made it famous. At the top you can find a statue in tribute of him.
Bormio - Cancano
If the Stelvio is king, Cancano is surely a princess. The road was part of the Via Imperiale d’Alemagna, a medieval trade route which transported wine to central Europe in exchange for salt. It was later adapted for the construction of the Cancano reservoir. This is a climb with little or no shade, surrounded by mountain pines, the invigorating scent of which helps alleviate the fatigue involved. Once you arrive at the Fraele Towers, the view of the twists and turns of the road below is particularly striking.
Bormio – Bormio 2000
In 2004 this was the finish line of a stage of the Giro d’Italia, and Damiano Cunego who won the stage went on to win the pink jersey. The climb starts from Bormio and ends at Bormio 2000, where in the winter months the ski slopes are located. The winding road cuts through the pine forest, and offers breathtaking views over the valley below. The pros use this route on their ‘rest’ days between one climb and another. For amateurs however, this is a pretty challenging ascent.
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There is over 600 km of trails of varying difficulty to choose from. Whether you are a family or expert mountaineer, there is something for everyone. Hiking alone or with a group led by a mountain guide, you can discover the most suggestive corners of the Stelvio National Park. An obligatory hike is to visit an alpine farm house, the symbol of the mountain farming tradition, and its opportunity to taste fresh and genuine products. Then visit beautiful picnic areas or a mountain hut (each with a small restaurant), for a short break in the middle of nature.
Summer skiing at Stelvio
In Bormio you can ski all year round! For those who are not satisfied with just winter skiing, from May to November, the Stelvio Glacier becomes the largest summer ski area in the Alps, with more than 20km of slopes between the Stelvio Pass (2,758 m) and Monte Cristallo (3,450 m). It is an ideal environment to learn and improve your technique in any snow sport: not only snowboarding and skiing, but also cross-country skiing. Many of the greatest ski champions choose the Stelvio resort for their summer workouts.
The golf course of Bormio is considered one of the best in the mountains of Italy. It has 9 holes and is suitable for both beginners and more experienced players. Open daily from April to November, it has excellent fairways, spectacular greens, and challenging water obstacles, which interestingly, also store water for irrigation. The large practice area is equipped with a driving range, putting green and pitching green. Throughout the season, the Bormio golf course hosts numerous competitions and tournaments.
Ride on the many trails and criss-cross the splendid scenery of the Stelvio National Park. Ride through thick forests and high mountain pastures, across torrents and along the shores of alpine lakes. For lovers of speed and adrenaline, you can test yourself on the downhill and freeride paths of the Bormio Bike Park, starting your descent at 3000m, while Enduro enthusiasts can test themselves on the trails of Santa Caterina
… and much more
When summer comes to the Alta Valtellina, it is impossible to be bored! There are so many activities in the natural outdoors of the Stelvio National Park including nordic walking, mountain running, horseback riding, husky trekking, fishing, indoor and outdoor climbing, archery, tennis, go kart racing, ice skating and much more. These are only some of the possibilities that lie ahead for a summer of sports and nature.
ALL YEAR ROUND IN BORMIO - ACHIEVE A PERFECT BALANCE
Spas & Health
Plunge into the hot thermal waters of Bormio that have relaxed and refreshed visitors for thousands of years. Spoil yourself in our natural hot springs and enjoy their healing properties, known since Roman times, and enjoyed by the likes of Leonardo da Vinci. There is a choice of thermal spas depending on your needs. Bormio Terme is the perfect spa for the whole family, QC Terme Bagni Vecchi offers a gentle step back in time, while QC Terme Bagni Nuovi lets you soak up the flavour of 19th century art nouveau.
Food & Wine
Simple cooking with a distinctive taste, inspired by the fragrances of the mountains. Local and natural products provide the main ingredients and when blended together, they create the traditional dishes of the Alta Valtellina: pizzoccheri, sciatt, and malfatti, plus bresaola, slinziga, polenta taragna, several dishes of wild game, cheeses, bisciöla, and honey. These local specialties blend wonderfully with the wines of the Valtellina and the afterdinner drinks of Bormio - especially Braulio and Taneda.
The history of Bormio and its neighbouring towns goes back for hundreds of years, and is preserved through many folk traditions, providing a bridge between past and present. These events include the Pasquali Easter parade, the Carneval di Mat (the Carnival of the Mad). Exciting and colourful, these traditional events are a wonderful excuse for locals and tourists to mingle and enjoy the spectacle, while preserving the mountain cultural heritage.
Bormio and its valleys, with a 1000+ year history, boast a rich cultural heritage. Proof of this can be found with the palaces, towers, the ancient farmhouses, churches and military fortifications. Explore the many interesting museums, some of which are outdoors, displaying the remains from the Great War. A lively program of activities exists for both adults and children, and appeals to all tastes, thanks to the vast assortment of concerts, shows, conferences, exhibitions, festivals and workshops.
A territory immersed in the untouched nature of the Stelvio National Park, one of the most extensive of the whole alpine arc. For the whole family, there is over 600 km of trails to hike or bike, as you explore through enchanted woods, pastures, glaciers and alpine lakes. Look out for deer, marmots, wild goats, soaring eagles, and other animals that live in this protected area. Experience a close contact with nature and enjoy this unique and special experience.
Stroll through the historic centre and feel the town’s atmosphere dating back more than 1000 years, enjoy tasting the local cuisine and immerse yourself in the surroundings. In Bormio you will find many boutiques with the best brands in fashion, plus a wide range of cosmetic and spa products for health and beauty. There are also many shops offering a wide variety of typical local products, including food, arts, and crafts, while the wineries offer the renowned wines and liqueurs from the Valtellina - perfect for souvenirs!
You will find further information about Bormio under: www.bormio.eu 19
Event Village All riders are required to register at the Event Village on Monday 30th August in Cortina between 2:00pm to 7:00pm. You also need to drop your bike box off here so that the Haute Route team can transport it for you during the event. Head to the Ride with GPS App to find out more about the Partners and Services that will be in the event village.
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Event Overview With the Haute Route Dolomites, you'll have the unique opportunity to pin on a number, test yourself, and compete with and against friends for bragging rights on some of the most famous cycling climbs in the world while also getting to stay at and experience the idyllic host cities of Cortina d’Ampezzo, Bormio and Trento. *Please refer to the Ride with GPS app before the event for detailed information on each stage and updated timings.
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Monday 30th August
Thursday 2nd September
Event village in Cortina Open from 2:00pm Welcome briefing at 7:00pm Pasta party at 8:00pm
Trento - Passo Gavia 115km | 3,500m+ (+26km to Bormio)
S TA G E 4 S TA G E 1
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Cortina d'Ampezzo – Tre Cime Di Lavaredo 95km | 3,300m+ (+21km to Cortina d'Ampezzo)
Friday 3rd September Bormio - Passo Stelvio 83km | 3,300m+ (+22km to Bormio) S TA G E 5
S TA G E 2
Wednesday 1st September Cortina d'Ampezzo - Cembra 135km | 3,000m+ (+25km to Trento)
Saturday 4th September
ITT Bormio - Laghi Di Cancano 15km | 750m+
Stage 1 - Tuesday 31st August C O R T I N A D ' A M P E Z Z O – T R E C I M E D I L AVA R E D O 9 5 K M | 3 , 3 0 0 M+ (+21km to Cortina d'Ampezzo)
Stage 2 - Wednesday 1st September CORTINA D'AMPEZZO - CEMBRA 1 3 5 K M | 3 , 0 0 0 M+ (+ 2 5 k m t o Trent o)
Trento Art, sport and history at the heart of Trentino Known as the Alpine capital for excellence, Trento has always been a bridge between Italian culture and Central European tradition thanks to its geographical location. Its millenial history can be discovered as you walk around the city, or by visiting the museums and archeological sites. These include the Roman Tridentum, which is preserved intact in its underground archeological site, the Buonconsiglio Castle, the Tridentin Diocesan Museum and the Basilica of San Vigilio. Trento is also the perfect destination for those who love sport and outdoor activities. Cyclists can enjoy the path along the Adige River with a backdrop of orchards, vineyards
and mountains. They can also challenge themselves with legendary climbs, like the mythical Charly Gaul climb from Trento to Monte Bondone. Those who loving walking can also explore the urban trekking itineraries and 50 kilometres of paths. A few kilometres out of Trento you will find everything a nature and sports lover could desire at Monte Bondone, from hiking trails and via ferrata excursions to paraglidng, hanggliding and more cycling routes. The evocative Valle dei Laghi can also be found a short fifteen minute drive away. Known for its enchanting lakes, castles, quaint villages and vineyards, you can try out everything from rock gyms and paragliding to windsurfing, canoeing or wakeboarding.
Stage 3 - Thursday 2nd September T R E N T O - PA S S O G AV I A 1 1 5 K M | 3 , 5 0 0 M+ ( + 2 6k m t o B ormio)
Stage 4 - Friday 3rd September B O R M I O - PA S S O S T E LV I O 8 3 K M | 3 , 3 0 0 M+ ( + 2 2km t o B ormio)
ITT Stage 5 Saturday 4th September BORMIO - LAGHI DI CANCANO 1 5 K M | 7 5 0 M+
Time Trial procedure
Your start time is defined by your overall ranking following the previous stages and riders will set off in reverse order of the general classification. 1. Call times and start times published at the briefing after the previous stage and available online 2. Present yourself in the waiting area at your call time 3. Enter the Time Trial start pen 2 minutes before your start time 4. Enter the start ramp 20 seconds before your start
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VILLAGE ARRIVAL – The event village will be open from midday to 7:00pm. Before exploring the village and visiting partners’ and exhibitors’ booths, make sure you follow the steps outlined below. BIKE PARK – If you brought your bike with you to the village use the secure bike park while you complete the registration process. BIB COLLECTION – Once you have completed the Covid-19 requirements and had your temperature check, you may collect your bib, bike plate and Haute Route pack (you will need one form of photo ID) OFFICIAL PHOTO - Don’t forget to have your official Haute Route picture taken. BIKE PLATE – Once you’ve collected your registration pack, attach your bike plate on to your handlebars. It is forbidden to alter, cut or fold your bike plate. BIKE BOX – Attach your bike box tag to your bike box and bring your bike box to the dedicated trucks. Your bike box will be stored in a secured room throughout the event. You will not be able to access your bike box again until the final stage finish in Pau. WELCOME BRIEFING – Once you have completed all these steps and have visited our partner and exhibitor stands please ensure that you attend the mandatory Rider Briefing at 7:00pm. 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 at 8:00pm.
Finally, don’t forget to pick up your bike if you used the bike park. There is no secure bike park overnight. 34
What To Take With You While every rider will have their own personal preference, this is a suggested list of what to take on the bike and in your backpack (dropped off at the start/collected at the finish of each stage):
ON THE BIKE
OFF THE BIKE
A windbreaker/gilet Water/drinks bottles Cereal bars, dried fruits, energy gels A pair of sunglasses A mobile phone in your waterproof pouch Spare inner tubes or sealant for tubeless tyre Tyre-levers A pump or a CO2 canister A multi-tool including chain tool Red back light
Haute Route ID Card Comfy clothes Shoes Tech Chargers Toiletries Towel Compression socks
NUTRITION KIT * Helmet Jersey Shorts Base layers * Shoe covers * Jacket Thermal jacket * Gloves x2 Gilet
Cycling cap Beanie Sunglasses Arm warmers * Leg warmers Knee warmers Shoes Socks Buff
Bars Gels Electrolyte tablets Recovery drinks
PROTECTION Sun cream Chamois Cream
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Feed Stations All feed stations throughout the Haute Route will be stocked with a variety of different products to help you fuel and hydrate for your ride. From a variety of drinks and energy products to sweet and savoury whole foods, there will be something to suit everyone’s taste. *Subject to latest health protocol requirements. Any changes will be communicated.
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SAVOURY FOOD Cheese, ham, crackers, potatoes
SWEET FOOD Dried fruit, cakes, bananas, oranges
FEED STATION ETIQUETTE This is a cupless event. You must use your own bottles or cups to refill at the feed station. To ensure rider safety, please do not block the road, and use the bike racks providied rather than pulling up to the tables with your bike. For riders receiving external support from family, coaches, or tour operators, note that the feed station zones are the only points on the course where assistance is permitted.
Drop travel bag in hotel lobby
Collect backpack at finish
Drop backpack and race bag at start
Race bag available at predefined location
Collect travel bag in hotel lobby
Tre Cime Di Lavaredo Revered and feared since the first pro riders battled to the summit in the 1967 Giro d’Italia, Tre Cime di Lavaredo’s breathtaking switchbacks make up what is arguably the most iconic and instantly recognisable climb in the Dolomites.
The last winner of a Giro d’Italia stage at the Tre Cime was Vincenzo Nibali – wearing the pink jersey – attacked the formidable climb through a snowstorm, pushing through the treacherous conditions with sheer determination and power.
Winding into the pale limestone peaks of the Sexten Dolomites, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo has certainly earned its title amongst the most memorable climbs in the world.
The 7.5km climb to 2320m is a true rollercoaster ride, with glimpses of nature and gradients close to 20% that will both take your breath away.
The three crags offer an iconic view that is instantly recognisable around the globe as the quintessential Dolomites. Jutting out of the breathtaking landscape, the Tre Cime are a popular ticket for travellers, but for cyclists, it’s all about the journey The Tre Cime di Lavaredo is among the most epic climbs in the history of the Giro d’Italia. The names of the riders who conquered the stage and made it to the podium is a roll call of cycling greats, from Eddie Merckx and Felice Gimondi, to José Manuel Fuente, Giovanni Battaglin and Luis Herrera. The scene of a stage finish on seven different occasions, the final four kilometres of steep, winding switchbacks have been revered since the first pros battled to the summit in 1967.
The climb begins with the opening kilometre winding up through hairpins at 11% to reach the stunning alpine lake, Lago di Misurina. The gradient softens, allowing you to enjoy the still crystal waters and a moment of reflection before the real challenge begins. It’s here, following a short descent and flat section, with just four kilometres of the climb remaining, that you’re left with almost as much elevation gain to cover as you started with. Indeed, the final kilometres are the crux of this climb, with gradients and scenery that are as abrupt as they are rousing. The average grade in this last section is always a two-digits matter, reaching close to 20% in some stretches of road. After several switchbacks through the forest, the terrain opens up to reveal the true grandeur of this alpine landscape. As you round the final hairpin, muster the
strength to sneak a look over your shoulder and witness a view you will never forget, with hairpins twisting down to the crystal lake surrounded by trees, all framed by the high alpine wilderness. The panorama will keep you spinning and your reward at the top is a spectacular viewing platform with the Tre Cime themselves towering over you. Undoubtably one of the most iconic and challenging climbs of the Dolomites, the otherworldy views of this UNESCO-listed site are absolutely worth the effort.
Things to look out for • Enjoy the view over the lake before the challenge really starts. • Check out the view at the last switchback to spur you on to the finish line. • Marvel at the Tre Cime up close at the end of the climb. The peaks, particularly Cima Grande (the middle summit), are steeped in mountaineering folklore. • As you charge towards Refugio Auronzo in the final stage of the climb, reflect on the history of this iconic hut, which was fire built in 1912, bombed in 1915, destroyed again by fire in 1955 and now stands defiantly as a window to this rich UNESCO-listed area.
Passo Gavia “The show should go on and the riders should suffer through” said Race Director, Vincenzo Torriani ahead of Stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia in 1988. While cyclists are accustomed to suffering in its various forms – from burning legs and lungs, to tough conditions and injuries – few were prepared for the suffering that lay ahead over the Passo Gavia that day. In fact, the headlines in La Gazzetta dello Sport labelled it ‘The Day the Big Men Cried’, reciting the story of cyclists battling through a snowstorm to try and make it to the summit, which sat at -4 degrees and was buried beneath two feet of snow. Dutchman, Johan van der Velde was the first to fight his way through the blizzard and claim the Cima Coppi but that was only the beginning of the suffering for the cyclist as he attempted to descend back down into Bormio with nothing other than a plastic cape and cotton cap to protect him from the elements. American cyclist, Andy Hampsten proved to be slightly better prepared for the ‘ski run’ ahead that day. His 7-eleven team car handed him hot drinks and warm weather gear, having raided the ski stores upon hearing the stage was to go ahead. But with his clothing and body continuing to freeze, alongside his bike’s gears and brakes, it was still very much survival mode for Hampsten and the other cyclists trying to make it back to Bormio in one piece.
Carnage was unfolding with the likes of Johan walking down icy patches of road before turning back towards the summit in a desperate and delirious attempt to find more warm clothing to save him from his hypothermic state. Some cyclists got into the back of spectator’s cars to try and warm up, while others received screams and shouts from the team cars as their managers followed them down the mountain, desperately trying to keep the pro’s alert and moving as minds and bodies froze. It was Hampsten that managed to take the pink jersey after that stage, but he wasn’t the only winner that day. Any rider that made it over the Gavia in one piece and completed the stage was hailed a hero, with most referencing it as the toughest day on the bike they had ever faced. While this ascent up the Gavia went down in cycling folkore, adding to the mythic and status of this climb, it isn’t always so traumatic. On a good day, it is considered one of the most beautiful climbs in the Alps, with its wild landscape and the beautiful Lago Bianco leaving its mark on anyone that is lucky enough to experience it. Despite its beauty, it is still one of the toughest and most daunting climbs, so whatever the weather, prepare to suffer on this one!
Awards and Classifications All riders will be ranked in the following categories:
Solo riders will also be ranked in the following age categories:
Rules and regulations
It is important to be aware of and understand all of the Rules and Regulations of the Haute Route. This includes timekeeping, rankings, time limits, equipment, safety, medical and personal assistance, anti-doping and other topics. Please click here and read through this information before your event.
Mixed Team (comprising at least one woman and one man).
Every solo rider will appear in the General Classification, so whether you’re vying for the podium, trying to beat a friend or triumphantly make it to that famous finish line, your efforts will be on the record. An official prize ceremony will take place at the end of each day to celebrate the biggest stars of each stage.
Replacing the Duo format at all events this year, this new category has teams made up of 4-6 members, with men’s, women’s and mixed groups. The aim of the game: Each team will make their own strategy to get three of their riders to the finish line as fast as possible. Each Team category (Women’s, Men’s and Mixed) will be up for an award at the official Haute Route prize ceremony at every event. The ranking for Women’s and Men’s Teams will be based by cumulating the times of the three fastest members. The ranking for Mixed teams will also be established using the times of the three best members but must include the times from at least one woman and one man on each stage. Best of all, all riders who make up the teams will also be included in the individual rankings.
Safety And Support Organisation
Technical Assistance The official technical team are the only party authorised to provide assistance on the course outside of designated feed stations. Riders receiving outside assistance - mechanical or otherwise - are liable to penalties and ultimately disqualification. • Every participant is expected to be selfsufficient in the case of a puncture. • If you suffer a mechanical, please be patient and inform the closest course vehicle. Time waiting for technical assistance cannot be deducted from your race result. • Technical assistance will be available in the event village and at the start line.
Medical Assistance Available 24/7:
• Emergency Doctors • Professional Nurses
Although there may be some bike shops close to the course, we recommend you bring specific spares including • • • •
A rear-mech hanger Allen keys specific to your bike Spare brake pads (front and rear) Inner tubes with the correct length valves, CO2 cartridges and a pump
Transition Some stages can include a transition after the stage to go from the finish line to the Event Village. Haute Route signage will be on the road. Roads will be open to traffic so you will have to respect the traffic rules. We recommend you wait for your friends or other members of the peloton and ride back as a group.
Emergency phone numbers and details can be found via the Ride with GPS app
The Stelvio Pass needs little introduction. Mention the climb to any cyclist and an image of its hairpins will instantly come to mind, all 48 of them. Inspiring and daunting in equal measure, this climb has a rich heritage both on and off the bike – from World War One battles between nations to Giro d’Italia battles between rivals, namely that of Fausto Coppi and Hugo Koblet for the maglia rosa. As the second highest pass in the Alps at 2,758m, pipped to the post by the Col de l’Iseran, it is no easy feat. The ‘classic climb’ from Prato is considered the hardest of the three routes, with its length, gradient and altitude combining to make sure you have to work hard to tick this one off your bucket-list. Whether it is your first time up the climb, or if you are back for more and have some unfinished business to settle, here are some top tips that should help you enjoy this helter-skelter of a ride up to the summit.
1. Look down, not up! While it is normally
encouraged to look forward, not back and to look up, not down, you don’t want to miss the most pictured and famous climb in the planet by focusing too much on the kilometres left. As you weave your way up the climb, make sure you look across the low stone walls at one of the most beautiful and scenic roads in Europe. Don’t will the kilometres away too quickly, experiences like this don’t come often.
2. Pace yourself. This climb really is a
tale of two halves so don’t get lured into a false sense of security. With the first 10 kilometres offering up a steady gradient between 5-7%, you might wonder if you are in the right place and what all the fuss is about but after the tunnel and the village of Trafoi, the true nature of this daunting climb becomes more apparent. Combine that with some tasking altitude and you will be begging for air and new legs if you take this climb too hard too early.
3. Use the hairpins. When there is a total of 48 of them on the climb, you need to make sure you work with them, not against them. As always don’t forget that the inside line gives you the shortest but steepest route, a wider approach allows you to catch your breath on an easier gradient, while the middle line often offers up the best of both worlds and creates a slingshot effect out of the corner. Whichever line you opt for and however you attack the climb, focusing on each hairpin rather than the entire climb also helps mentally too so get counting!
4. Dress appropriately. We all know Italy in summer can be very hot, so take care of yourself when taking on this climb. That being said, the Giro d’Italia had to cancel the ascent up the pass four times due to bad weather so you never know what you are going to get, and it is best to come overprepared. You will also be climbing above the clouds so prepare for it to get chilly at the top and on the descent back down, especially after being drenched in sweat from your effort. 5. Go steady on the descent. Remember the drama of the 1953 Giro d’Italia which
saw Hugo Koblet crashing twice on the way back down the Stelvio and losing three and half minutes to rival and race eventual winner, Fausto Coppi. Don’t let a crash ruin your day! You may be buzzing after ticking an epic climb off your bucket-list but don’t underestimate how physically and mentally tired you are.
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