OC Sport has today announced a new feature on all three day Haute Route events in 2019 (excluding Haute Route Oman). Riders will now be able to choose between taking on the Original course or riding the Compact course, which will feature shorter distances and less climbing on each stage.
Introduced to allow a broader range of riders to experience Haute Route, the Compact courses ‘will provide the same experience as the Original courses but will allow riders with less training and preparation to complete a ride that is more accessible and less demanding.’
Positioned as an introduction to Haute Route, ‘riders will be able to make the most of their experience with the same level of premium services both on and off the bike without having to worry about completing the full Original course if they don’t feel up for it.’
Each three day event consists of two classic stages and one uphill time trial. The Original courses will feature between 100-140km with 2,500m+ to 3,500m+ of climbing per classic stage. The Compact courses will feature between 70-100km and 1,500m+ to 2,500m+ of climbing.
The Haute Route is the first global series of multi-day cycling events for amateurs. The series now consis of 13 separate events – three 7-day events (Rockies, Pyrenees, Alps) and ten 3-day events (Oman, Asheville, Dolomites, Alpe d’Huez, Norway, Utah, Stelvio, San Francisco, Ventoux, Mexico).
Haute Route adds that ‘riders are treated to an unparalleled experience at some of road cycling’s most iconic and visually stunning locations.’
With each event featuring timed and ranked stages, riders of all abilities can experience professional-level event organisation including medical teams, mechanical support, rolling road security, film crews and massages… ‘Whether you’re a rookie or seasoned expert, Haute Route aims to help you push your physical and mental limits to experience what it’s really like to ‘ride like a pro’.’
Haute Route is supported at the global and/or local level by a number of key partners and suppliers including: Mavic, Tag Heuer, Wattbike, Velosophie and Retul.