We are very excited to be partnering with the Haute Route as an official Tour Operator again for 2020. The Haute Route cycling events are ‘the highest and toughest cyclosportives in the world’. More demanding than any other week of riding you've done; the 2020 Pyrenees edition covers 750km of riding over 7 consecutive timed stages with more than 18,000m of climbing over 20 celebrated cols, the Haute Route will be thoroughly etched into you legs by the time you reach the finish.
Open to a relatively small field of just over 500 riders, the races promote a unique atmosphere of competition and camaraderie. With rider classifications and times posted on a daily basis, leaders jerseys, team prizes and a professional level of support the Haute Route is the closest experience amateur riders will have to a Grand Tour stage race. Whatever you aims for the Haute Route, it is the ultimate challenge for all riders who take their riding seriously and La Fuga will be providing comprehensive support packages to match.
At La Fuga we deliver an unparalleled Haute Route experience. Not only have we sourced the best accommodation for each stage but we will also provide swift transfers between starts and finishes; qualified mechanics and masseurs on hand; fresh riding kit every day; nutritional advice; exclusive refuel / kit drop zones during the race; route guidance and personalised ride strategy. Then at the end of the each day there's always great company and delicious dinners. Ride to your limit everyday and get looked after like the Yellow Jersey wearer at the Tour de France by travelling with La Fuga.
We have 10 spots on our Haute Route package including guaranteed entries. As with all our other trips, we prefer to run trips with smaller groups of riders which lends to a more convivial and relaxed feel on our trips.
At the Haute Route we aim to give our riders the closest experience to being in a professional cycle team as possible; bikes serviced before each stage, bottles ready, refilled and in your cages before the off, next stage briefings each evening, massages every evening. The devil is in the detail and our experienced staff will be on hand at every step of the journey. So all you need to do is ride, relax and escape, and we’ll take care of all the rest!
- 8 nights half board accommodation throughout
- Mostly 4* accommodation at the start and finish towns (some mountain areas may be lesser quality
- All breakfasts and evening meals at the hotels and restaurants
- Airport transfers for you and your bike
- Dedicated on-the-road gazebo lunch stops with real food to get you through the stage
- Race transfers each day between start/finishes and hotels
- Comprehensive support from qualified mechanics – daily bike cleaning and servicing
- Experienced staff providing ride strategy, local knowledge and individual guidance
- Complimentary sports nutrition and drinks bottles
- Exclusive La Fuga support stations throughout race
- Complimentary set of La Fuga riding kit
- Laundry service for cycling clothing twice during the event
What's Not Included?
- Haute Route Event Entry – Available to be purchased separately
- Travel Insurance
- Drinks with evening meals
- Incidental Expenses
- Tips / gratuities
- Bike Hire option available
- Massages every day from a La Fuga soigneur – package can be purchased separately for €350 – 7 massage package
The Haute Route cycling events are ‘the highest and toughest cyclosportives in the world’. More demanding than any other week of riding you’ve done; averaging more than 700km over 7 days of consecutive riding, with 19,000m of climbing over 20 celebrated cols, the Haute Route will be thoroughly etched into you legs by the time you reach the finish.
The full 2020 Haute Route Pyrenees route details have yet to be published by the organisers but some details are available.
The highlights for the 2020 event:
- 745km of riding
- 20 cols/climbs
- Over 18 000m of vertical
- A tough start to the week (first two stages) and A easier end to the week (last two stages)
- We revisit the Basque Country on the first stage (very wild countryside, Ahusqy and Chalet d’Iraty)
- A Time trial on the Col du Portet / A big first
2020 Haute Route Pyrenees – Course Profiles
Saturday 29 August – Arrival Day
Your La Fuga guides will meet you at Tourlouse airport to collect you and transfer you to Pau – your home for the next two nights. Our expert mechanic will unpack your bike and give it a thorough check ahead of the event.
You’ll have some lunch before heading over to the event village to sign on, collect your numbers and your race pack and meet fellow competitors.
The first official race briefing will take place close to the event village and then it will be time to head back to the hotel to fuel up for the next days stage. Your La Fuga guide will further brief you over dinner on important aspects such as the location of our private feedzones and run through any other important stage into. Then it’s early to bed ready for the first stage.
Sunday 30 August – Stage 1 – Tardets – Pau
Stage 1 – Tardets – Pau
Distance – 146km
Elevation – 3650 metres
Climbs – Lecharria (832m), Ibarburia (966m), Bargagui (1327m), Ichére (674m), Col de Maria Blanque (1035m), Côte 2000 (1495m)
Whilst everyone else climbs on a coach to get to the start in Tardets you will travel in style and with La Fuga arriving in plenty of time for the start.
Monday 31 August – Stage 2 – Pau – Tarbes
Stage 2 – Pau – Tarbes
Distance – 152km
Elevation – 3200 metres
Climbs – Col d’Aubisque (1709m), Col du Soulour (1474m), Col de Spandelles (1378m), Col Lingous (575m)
Tuesday 1 September – Stage 3 – Tarbes – Saint-Lary Soulan
Stage 3 – Tarbes – Saint-Lary Soulan
Distance – 88km
Elevation – 2500 metres
Climbs – Hourquette d’Ancizan (1564m), Col de Lançon (1132m), Col d’Azet (1580,)
12km to Saint-Lary Soulan
Wednesday 2 September – Stage 4 – Saint-Lary Soulan – Col du Portet (ITT)
Stage 4 – Saint-Lary Soulan – Col du Portet (Individual Time Trial)
Distance – 17.5km
Elevation – 1400 metres
Climbs – Col de Portet (2215m)
Thursday 3 September – Stage 5 – Saint-Lary Soulan – Lourdes
Stage 5 – Saint-Lary Soulan – Lourdes
Distance – 123km
Elevation – 3100 metres
Climbs – Col d’Azet (1580m), Cold d’Aspin (1490m), Col du Tourmalet (2115m)
Friday 4 September – Stage 6 – Lourdes – Lourdes
Stage 6 – Auron – Lourdes – Lourdes
Distance – 100km
Elevation – 2250 metres
Climbs – Col du Soulour (1474m), Col de Bordéres (1156m), Ségus (563m)
Saturday 5 September – Stage 7 – Lourdes – Pau
Stage 7 – Lourdes – Pau
Distance – 107km
Elevation – 2200 metres
Climbs – Col du Soulour (1474m), Col d’Aubisque (1709m)
Sunday 6 September – Departure Day
Your bike will be packed by our La Fuga mechanic and you’ll have the chance to relax and unwind with breakfast and one final stroll around the town. Your legs will be tired but what an accomplishment having completed the Haute Route Pyrenees 2020.
We’ll run a shuttle back to Toulouse airport in plenty of time to catch your flight.
A typical day on the Haute Route
What can I expect my Haute Route experience to look like? In order to have an idea for a typical day on the Haute Route we’ve put together the following rough schedule of how a day on the Haute Route unfolds. Don’t forget that you La Fuga team are there to help you through every step of the way so all you have to do is pedal.
- An early wake up after an excellent nights sleep, normally sometime before 6:00am.
- Breakfast is served in the hotel between 5:00am and 6:30am.
- You’ll have the opportunity to drop a bag for mid race and the finish with the relevant vehicle. This will allow you to access anything you may wish at the halfway point and at the finish. We’d recommend that you pack a set of clothes and trainers for the finish.
- The start times are usually around 7:00am sometimes later.
- We aim to support you on the course at least once during the day. We will have a full lunch stop set up at the halfway feedzone. You’ll be able to snack on things other than energy bars and gels with sandwiches and crisps, sweets and savoury items available.
Depending on weather conditions and course conditions our team will also lay on other stop to aid change of clothes or additional feeding. This will be communicated to you the evening before.
- Stage finish between 12:00pm and 5:00pm
At the end of each stage you will find a La Fuga member to welcome you. You will receive a cold drink, recovery snacks, and your finish bag as well as directions to lunch and the location of the hotel.
- A hot lunch will be served by the race organiser from 12:00pm until the arrival of the last rider.
- It is also possible to take a hot showers near the finish line and wait for your fellow riders.
Alternatively you may proceed to the hotel and take a shower in your room.
- Riders wishing to attend the briefing at 6:30pm in the race village will be able to travel with the La Fuga Tour Manager. The Tour Manager will give the same briefing to the riders back at the hotel over dinner should you wish to maximise your recovery time.
- Dinner with La Fuga from 7:00pm – earlier depending on local hotels
- Your bike will be checked, cleaned and serviced where necessary whilst you are resting.
More detailed Itineraries for Haute Route Alps will be available closer to the event date.