Haute Route has announced the route for the first-ever Haute Route Asheville, taking place May 18-20, 2018. The inaugural Haute Route Asheville highlights the roads and climbs that have drawn pro cyclists to the Appalachian Mountains for decades.
In contrast to the expansive big sky views of Haute Route events in the Colorado Rockies and Utah, Asheville features small, twisting and turning tree-lined roads similar to European riding. Riders will tackle 192 miles and more than 20,000 feet of total climbing over three stages, beginning and ending in downtown Asheville each day.
The first stage heads north and east of town to circumnavigate Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi at 6683 feet. Then for stage 2 riders will get their first taste of the incredible Blue Ridge Parkway, America’s longest linear park, stretching 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina. The final stage is a time trial, tackling one of the most popular local climbs up Town Mountain.
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Asheville is an eclectic mountain city with dozens of art galleries, shops, and local restaurants within easy walking distance of the host hotel. Indeed, Expedia just named it one of the “12 best music towns in the nation.” You can also raise a glass at one of 30+ craft breweries that put Asheville on the map as Beer City USA.
- Friday, May 18 – Stage 1: Asheville – Blue Ridge Parkway – Asheville | 103 miles | 10,850 feet of climbing
- Saturday, May 19 – Stage 2: Asheville – Betsy’s Gap – Doggett Mountain – Asheville | 84 miles | 8300 feet of climbing
- Sunday, May 20 – Stage 3: Town Mountain Trail | 5 miles | 1200 feet of climbing
For more information, go to: www.hauteroute.org.