Following the recent launch of new events in Oman and Mexico, the Haute Route Cycling Series continues its development beyond Europe and North America by expanding to China starting in 2019. That will bring its total number of events to 14.
The inaugural edition of the Haute Route Qingcheng will be held from October 25-27, 2019. Located in Dujiangyan, the event will be based at the foot of the Qingcheng mountain, one of the most famous Taoist mountains in China. Open to Solo or Duo (team of two) riders alike, the event will feature two classic stages and an uphill time trial.
A highlight of the three days, riders will get to climb the road up to Qingcheng Mountain which is usually closed to the public. On top of this memorable climb, riders will also get to experience the colorful historic towns, incredible temples and bamboo forests which are emblematic of the region.
"Sport generally is booming in China and an increase in wealth and leisure time in the past 10 years means the idea of cycling for sport is becoming very popular," explained Haute Route CEO Rémi Duchemin. "This focus is also driven by the Central Government, who in recent years has given top priority to the development of cycling and sport for China through national level policies."
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Participants will benefit from premium level services both on and off the bike, including mechanical support, medical services and road security, as well as daily briefings, massages and post-stage meals.
Located in the southwest region of the country, the Sichuan Province is one the largest provinces in China and the gateway to Tibet. Known as the Country of Heaven thanks to its world heritage irrigation system, the Sichuan Province is also famous for its Giant Pandas and spicy food.
Chengdu International Airport (CTU) is located just an hour's drive from Dujiangyan and is the fourth largest hub in mainland China with direct flights to most major North American cities and European capitals.
Learn more at www.hauteroute.org.