Innsbruck Among Start and Finish Cities Announced for Haute Route 2017
After one of the most successful Haute Route series in the event’s history this summer, event organisers OC Sport have today revealed the start and finish cities for the 2017 European edition, including the addition of Innsbruck as start city for the first time of the Haute Route Dolomites.
One of Europe’s most beautiful mountain cities with a long and distinguished sporting pedigree, Innsbruck is the perfect starting location for the Haute Route Dolomites which will see cyclists from all over the globe “riding like a pro” in the Austrian Alps and then the Dolomites as they make their way to Venice.
The decision to start the Haute Route Dolomites in Innsbruck stems from a desire to remove the transfer between stages, and make for a smoother rider experience throughout the week. It means riders will access some of the best and most demanding mountain scenery in Europe from day one, as they tackle seven fully-timed and ranked stages with support from main partner Mavic and official timekeeper, Tag Heuer.
Benjamin Chandelier, Event Director of the Haute Route, believes the Dolomites event – starting on September 2 and finishing on September 8 – will be better than ever in 2017. “While we continue our association with Geneva in the Haute Route Alps, we are delighted to begin what I am sure will be an equally successful relationship with Innsbruck. I have no doubt that riders will relish the opportunity that starting in the Austrian Tyrol gives us and we look forward to welcoming the peloton there next summer,” he said.
Karin Sailer-Lall, Managing Director of Innsbruck Tourismus, believes the city is the ideal location for the Haute Route. “Besides having hosted Olympic Winter Games on three occasions already, Innsbruck has also been the venue of the European Football Championships and major cycling competitions such as the Giro d’Italia. And, in 2018, Innsbruck will be the host city of the UCI Road World Championships,” she said.
“Therefore, we are absolutely delighted that Innsbruck has now been chosen as the starting point for the 2017 Haute Route Dolomites bike race. This will give athletes a little foretaste of the upcoming World Championships and the many fascinating features the sports capital of the Alps has to offer,” she added.
The European Haute Route 2017 season will begin with the fifth edition of the hugely successful Haute Route Pyrenees that will start once again from Anglet on the Atlantic coast of France on August 13. Riders will experience the full charm and authenticity of this iconic mountain range, including some of the most famous cols in the region, wild landscapes and a few hidden gems along the way. Their journey will end on August 19 in Toulouse.
Host cities since 2011, Nice and Geneva will then anchor the start and finish lines of the 2017 Haute Route Alps. Nice, the charming capital of the French Riviera, will welcome over 500 amateur cyclists as they begin an epic journey on August 21, across some of the most famous cols in cycling, that concludes on August 27 on the shores of Lake Geneva.
Stage details for each of the three Haute Route events will be revealed over the coming months, with the full course details due to be announced in November. Entries are now open, and riders who enter before the October 5 will benefit from an “early-bird” discount. Register here.
Cyclists can choose to sign up for one event, two events or even take on the ultimate challenge by signing up for the Triple Crown (three events). Riders can also sign up as a team or through our official charity partner Team Type 1. For more information click here.
Please note that you can sponsor a new rider for 2017 and get €50 for every new rider you refer! All you need to do is give them your registration code and tell them to enter it when they register. The total amount collected for all riders referred will be transferred back to you in July 2017!
Caution: all riders referred need to be new riders who have never done the Haute Route.
PROGRAMME FOR THE HAUTE ROUTE 2017
Mavic Haute Route Rockies (Boulder – Colorado Springs):
– Start Village opens on June 23
– 7 consecutive stages from June 24 to June 30
– Closest airport: Denver
Haute Route Pyrenees (Anglet – Toulouse):
– Start Village opens on August 12
– 7 consecutive stages from August 13 to August 19
– Closest airports: Biarritz-Anglet (Bordeaux, San Sebastian and Bilbao), Toulouse
Haute Route Alps (Nice – Geneva):
– Start Village opens on August 20
– 7 consecutive stages from August 21 to August 27
– Closest airports: Nice, Geneva
Haute Route Dolomites (Innsbruck – Venice):
– Start Village opens on September 1
– 7 consecutive stages from September 2 to September 8
– Closest airports: Innsbruck (Munich), Venice.