After finishing up the 2017 Haute Route Cycling Series on the mythical Mont Ventoux last weekend, organizers OC Sport have announced a full calendar of 11 events for 2018. Starting in San Francisco in April, and finishing on Mont Ventoux in France in October with another nine events in-between, 2018 promises to be a big year.
Read the RoadBikeReview recap of the 2017 Haute Route Rockies.
All told five new events have been added. Staying true to the principles of the Haute Route, each event will offer the high level of rider services usually reserved for the pro peloton. Among the new events are three additional 3-day events in the USA, the Haute Route Norway, and a revamped three-day Haute Route Dolomites and Haute Route Stelvio in Italy. Here’s a full rundown of next year’s calendar.
Full Calendar 2018
San Francisco April 20th to 22nd
Asheville May 18th to 20th
Stelvio June 8th to 10th
Mavic Rockies June 23rd to 29th
Alpe d’Huez July 13th to 15th
Maserati Norway August 3rd to 5th
Pyrenees August 18th to 24th
Alps August 26th to September 1st
Dolomites 3 days in September
Utah September 14th to 16th
Ventoux October 5th to 7th
Both of the flagship events in the Alps and Pyrenees will see revised courses next year. The Alps (August 26–September 1) returns to its north to south route, departing from Megève to reach Nice with a host of world-renowned Alpine cols in-between.
The Pyrenees (August 18-24) will start and finish in Pau, while also visiting a number of host towns throughout the week, allowing riders to discover the raw beauty of this mountain range.
The Mavic Haute Route Rockies (June 23-29) also returns for a second edition in Colorado, featuring once again the iconic dirt roads, high altitude passes and beautiful panoramas that are hallmark in the Centennial State.
These 7-stage timed and ranked events are the pinnacle of the 2018 Haute Route calendar, and will allow hundreds of amateur riders from across the globe to fulfil their cycling dreams in an iconic mountain range.
Opening the Haute Route season in April will be the inaugural 3-day Haute Route San Francisco (April 20-22), offering riders an opportunity to experience the local cycling culture in the Bay Area, and appreciate the breath-taking ocean views and iconic landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge.
Following the inaugural San Francisco adventure, the season will continue in the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina on the first ever 3-day Haute Route Asheville (May 18-20). The peloton will be immersed in its unmistakable mountain vibe and will ride in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The final new 3-day event on North-American soil next year will be the Haute Route Utah in Cedar City from 14-16 of September. Combining superb red rock scenery with the charming back roads which will take riders to the coveted high plateaus and summits, Utah promises three remarkable days of cycling.
Returning for a second edition in 2018, the 3-day events on Alpe d’Huez (July 13-15) and Ventoux (October 5-7) will showcase once again two of the most storied climbs in the history of cycling.
The much-awaited Maserati Haute Route Norway will take place in August (3-5). Riders will experience an extraordinary setting for cycling in the Stavanger region. Snaking through the Norwegian fjords and drinking in the deep-rooted cycling culture, riders will undoubtedly be captivated by the Haute Route’s first Scandinavian adventure.
In order to visit the most legendary climbs in Italian cycling the Haute Route Dolomites has taken on a new format in 2018, splitting into two separate three-day events. Taking place in September, the 3-day Haute Route Dolomites will trace a sensational route through the highly recognizable jagged rock faces and demanding climbs of the region.
In addition to this, the new 3-day Haute Route Stelvio will be hosted in Bormio from June 8-10. As one of the most recognizable and respected climbs in cycling, the Stelvio has been much in demand by the Haute Route peloton, and Bormio provides the perfect location for the new three-day Haute Route event.
Brand new in 2018, riders have the option to either ride the Haute Route as a solo rider or as a duo (team of two cyclists). Riders registering as a duo will not be included in the individual standings. Duo rankings will be established based on the time of the second member of each duo team to cross the finish line every day.
For more details, roll over to www.hauteroute.org.