The Ultimate Guide to the 2021 Haute Route Ventoux

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ULTIMATE GUIDE

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New For 2021 Why This Event Bédoin Event Village Introducing our on-event app Event Overview Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3

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Haute Route Nation Registration Day What To Take With You Feed Stations Bag Logistics Course Highlight Awards and Classifications Safety And Support Partners in 2021


Covid Safety Protocol for 2021 Haute Route Events We continue to work with expert authorities and to government guidelines to ensure we can provide a Covid-safe event, plus still deliver all the support and services that makes the Haute Route events so special. You can read the full Covid safety protocol here. Remember that to enter the village on registration day, you will need to provide your proof of vaccination or a negative PCR/antigenic test less than 72 hours old. Masks will be mandatory throughout the village. The French government have also recently implemented a new health pass initiative to help the country safely ease its Coronavirus restrictions. This health pass will be required to participate in many parts of the Haute Route experience, including event briefings, massages, shuttles, plus access to restaurants etc. We have therefore implemented some new services to make sure everyone can enjoy the full Haute Route experience without compromise. You can find more information about the French health pass here, including details about approved vaccines and recovery requirements. If you will need regular testing during the course of the event, we ask you to simply confirm at the link here and we will organise the rest. Please note that there will also be additional testing available for all riders on the final day of the event, to assist you with onward travel. As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our team.

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New for 2021 Welcome to the 2021 Haute Route Ventoux. 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 A course carved from the history books, the Haute Route Ventoux explores all three sides of the legendary “Giant of Provence”. The moonscape summit has featured in the Tour de France no less than 15 times since 1951, earning its place on the bucket list of every serious cyclist. This is no ordinary mountain and this October we’ll pay homage to this giant of cycling history with a course for the ages.

A course steeped in cycling history

Explore all three sides of the "Giant of Provence"

Quiet, rolling country roads & snaking through vineyards and quaint towns.

Summit finish up a different side of Mont Ventoux

Charming provence region

End the cycling season on a high

Enjoy local cuisine, wine, and cultural attractions in town.

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INTRODUCING

Bédoin The town of Bédoin is located in the French area of Provence; built around the Coline Saint-Antonin it is constituted of a number of beautiful hamlets surrounding a charming town centre. The town’s DNA is inextricably linked to the land upon which it is built, and to the mont Ventoux. The 9103 hectares of communal land stretch from the southern side of the mont Ventoux itself to its summit which stands at 1909m above sea level. Bédoin is also home to the biggest communal forest in France (6300 hectares).

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The Ventoux massif is home to a diverse and protected selection of wild flora and fauna living in one of the most unique ecosystems in the world. Bédoin is renowned for its AOP Ventoux vineyard, its quality of life in a gorgeous nature and its dynamic and welcoming population. People come from all over the world to visit the tourist-friendly town. On top of the incomparable cycling, visitors can enjoy local restaurants, shops, vineyards and tourist attractions. The Monday morning market is known for being one of the best in Provence.


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Event Village All riders are required to register at the Event Village on Thursday 30th September in Bédoin between 2:00pm to 7:00pm. Head to the Ride with GPS App to find out more about the Partners and Services that will be in the event village.

Activities in the event village

Boutique

Mechanical Assistance

Nutrition & Hydration

Demo's

Product Exhibition

Bike Rental

Bib collection

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Beers and Coffees


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Introducing our on-event app In partnership with Ride with GPS, the Experience Package will provide you with event information, routes and timing sections, alongside important updates such as start times, video briefing publication and much more. We will share the event-specific code with you in a Haute Route Ventoux newsletter ahead of the event.

Date Place

Stage 1

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Event Overview The Haute Route Ventoux gives you the opportunity to explore all three sides of the “Giant of Provence”, as well as quiet, rolling country roads along its base. Almost the entire course is timed, and all three stages finish up a different side of Mont Ventoux. *Please refer to the Ride with GPS app before the event for detailed information on each stage and updated timings.

R E G I S T R AT I O N D AY

S TA G E 2

Thursday 30th September

Saturday 2nd October

Event village in Bédoin Open from 2:00 pm to 7:00pm Welcome briefing at 7:00pm Pasta party at 8:00pm

Compact: Bédoin - Malaucène 93km | 1500m+ (+14km to Bédoin)

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Friday 1st October Compact: Bédoin - Chalet Reynard 87km | 2,000m+ (+16km to Bédoin) Original: Bédoin - Mont Ventoux 114km | 3,000m+ (+21km to Bédoin)

Original: Bédoin - Mont Ventoux 153km | 3,500m+ (+21km to Bédoin) S TA G E 3

Sunday 3rd October ITT Bédoin - Mont Ventoux 21.5km | 1,600m+

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Stage 1 - Friday 1st October COMPACT

BÉDOIN - CHALET REYNARD 8 7 K M | 2 , 0 0 0 M+ (+16km to Bédoin)

ORIGINAL

BÉDOIN - MONT VENTOUX 1 1 4 K M | 3 , 0 0 0 M+ (+21km to Bédoin)

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Stage 2 - Saturday 2nd October COMPACT

BÉD OIN - MALAUCÈNE 9 3 K M | 1 5 0 0 M+ (+14km to Bédoin)

ORIGINAL

BÉDOIN - MONT VENTOUX 1 5 3 K M | 3 , 5 0 0 M+ (+21km to Bédoin)

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ITT Stage 3 Sunday 3rd September ITT BÉDOIN - MONT VENTOUX 2 1 . 5 K M | 1 , 6 0 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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Registration Day *Registration Day itinerary and requirements dependant on latest health protocol. Any changes will be communicated.

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VILLAGE ARRIVAL – The event village will be open from 2.00pm to 7.00pm. Before exploring the village and the 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. 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.

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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.

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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.

WATER

COKE

ELECTROLYTE DRINK

OTE ENERGY BARS

OTE ENERGY GELS

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.

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Bag Logistics

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START

DROP BACKPACK AT START

RIDE STAGE

VAN DRIVES TO FINISH

FINISH

COLLECT BACKPACK AT FINISH

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course highlight

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Mont Ventoux As the most famous mountain in cycling, Mont Ventoux needs little introduction. Like a rite of passage, cyclists travel from afar to pedal through the beautiful vineyards and lavender fields of the Provence region before emerging above the tree line, revealing a surreal moonscape environment as the summit of the bald mountain looms above.

up at every opportunity. He made his first move on the climb ahead of Chalet Reynard, splitting up the breakaway group before the road kicks up in gradient. The Frenchman averaged 24.9km per hour up the first ascent, followed by an astonishing 68.9km per hour on the descent back down to Malaucène – including a maximum speed of 99km per hour.

The climb first featured in the Tour de France in 1951 and since then, we have come accustomed to expecting the unexpected on this climb whenever it features in the race. Therefore, when the 2021 Tour de France route was announced, it instantly got people talking about ‘that stage’.

As anticipated, the rider cracked on the second ascent having spent too much energy early on.

Stage 11 featured an ascent of Mont Ventoux not once, but twice. A first in Tour de France history, it quickly became one of the key stages of the Tour as people speculated. What could be about to unfold on this mythical climb? We look back at some key players from the stage here and how they tackled the daunting Giant of Provence.

Julian Alaphilippe

The first ascent up to the summit was via Sault - the longer but easier side of the mountain. Would anyone attack on this climb knowing what was still to come? Julian Alpahilippe had been ready to play all day, having already shaken the group 28

Wout Van Aert

“Maybe it is my best victory ever” said Wout Van Aert after making history and winning the first ever stage of the Tour to take in two ascents of Mont Ventoux. Armchair viewers around the world would certainly agree, having just watched the cyclist deliver a masterclass in climbing the Giant of Provence. It was on the second ascent that Wout Van Aert pulled away, having demonstrated patience and persistence across the stage thus far. With the second climb averaging 8.8% over 15.7km, everyone predicted it would be here that the race could be blown wide-open, but few predicted it would be him out front. Just like in 1994 with Eros Poli (85kg and 6’4), Wout Van Aert was almost overlooked due to being a heavier rider than the climbing specialists. But as he said (and proved!), if you believe in it then anything is possible.


Tadej Podagacar

As previous Tour de France winner, Podagacar had thus far shown no signs of cracking but the second ascent of Mont Ventoux proved he was human after all. It was Jonas Vingegaard’s attack that sent him into the red and saw him dropped off the back. He later admitted to suffering in the final few kilometres to the summit and having to dig deep. We can’t help but wonder what would have happened if the stage had finished atop Ventoux and what would have become of Podagacar.

Mark Cavendish

Throughout most of Stage 11, there was much speculation as to whether Mark Cavendish would even make the cut-off point. With the time limit at around 47 minutes, or 15 per cent of the winner’s time, the British cyclist made it within the cut-off and survived to ride another day. Despite his own battles and suffering that day, Cavendish was seen taking off his helmet and tipping it in respect to Ben Simpson at his memorial site. Simpson, who was also a British rider and the first to ever wear the yellow jersey, died on Mont Ventoux in 1967. His death was deeply etched in cycling history and it has since become tradition for British riders to pay tribute as they approach the summit of the Giant of Provence.

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Awards and Classifications All riders will be ranked in the following categories:

Solo Men

Solo Women

Men’s Team

Solo riders will also be ranked in the following age categories:

Women’s Team

Solo

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.

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.

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40-49

50-59

60+

Mixed Team (comprising at least one woman and one man). *there will also be corresponding awards for the Compact riders.

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Teams

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

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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

• Ambulances

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.

Medical Emergency

Emergency phone numbers and details can be found via the Ride with GPS app

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