Haute Route Unveils 2021 Cycling Season
15 Feb, 2021
Haute Route has revealed a bumper event calendar for the 2021 season, with a host of new features to make its cycling events more personalized, plus a ‘special 10th anniversary edition of the toughest amateur cycling race in the world.’
2021 will see four different formats for Haute Route events with the addition of the 5-Day format. Joining Compact, 3-Day, and 7-Day events on the calendar, the 5-Day format is designed to give riders an immersive experience, riding point-to-point through some of the world’s best cycling destinations.
Adapted to the Dolomites and Pyrenees events in 2021, the 5-day format is billed as ‘a game changer for cyclists looking for the adventure of a lifetime.’
Also new in 2021 will be the introduction of price phases to the registration process. Prices will be lowest for early bird registrations and gradually increase as the 2021 season grows nearer, giving riders the chance to economize their Haute Route entries.
Perhaps the biggest news for the 2021 calendar reveal is the announcement of a special 10th anniversary edition of the Haute Route Alps.
‘The toughest amateur cycling race in the world and the holy grail of the sportive world, the Haute Route Alps is the event that started it all for Haute Route and the one that continues to push riders every year to reach new heights.’
Celebrating the event’s 10th edition in 2021, Haute Route has promised to deliver the ‘best edition to date, with the highest elevation, the steepest climbs and the longest stages.’
The Swiss company plans to deliver a host of surprises in the lead up to the event, starting with a new logo to celebrate the crown jewel in the Haute Route season.
The new calendar brings together many of the established Haute Route destinations, with some twists.
- Following on from its debut last year, Haute Route is kicking off the season in Zwift’s virtual wonderland, Watopia, in February with three-days of online virtual racing.
- In March, the event heads to the [real world] Brazilian highlands to take on the Serra do Rio do Rastro climb.
- Crans-Montana hosts its inaugural Haute Route in June, with a course in the Swiss Alps.
- Haute Route’s first five-day event will follow in July with a traverse across the Pyrenees from the rolling hills of Girona to Pau in France.
- The 10th anniversary edition of Haute Route Alps will take place from 22-28 August, ahead of another five-day adventure across the best of the Dolomites.
- Haute Route takes on the heights of legendary Ventoux at the beginning of October, followed by a winter escape in Oman around the historic town of Nizwa and some of the country’s highest peaks, before finishing the season on Mexico’s winding climbs.
The event organizer adds that ‘With new features, new routes and a very special edition of the legendary Haute Route Alps, the 2021 Haute Route season will be one to remember.’
Event registration is now open.