Taking place this year, from October 25-27, the inaugural Haute Route Qingcheng is offering up ‘three days of stunning riding on a challenging and undulating course based around the mythical Qingcheng Mountain.’
Totalling 232km with 4970m+ of climbing, the recently unveiled event course features demanding ascents up climbs such as the Xiange-Hongkou Pass, Qingcheng Mountain Road and snaking Balcony Road as well as ‘striking landscapes throughout’.
Details on the 3-day Haute Route Qingcheng (which takes place this October on the edge of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau) have been released as Haute Route notes that its 7-day Haute Route events are ‘proving as popular as ever’.
With the Haute Route Alps selling out earlier in the year, the 7-day Haute Route Pyrenees event is now reportedly at full capacity. The Haute Route Pyrenees will see more than 450 riders from across the globe gather in Pau on August 17, to take on a week of bike racing ‘across the raw beauty of the French Pyrenees’.
Haute Route Qingcheng
The Haute Route Qingcheng organising team note that the final day time trial on Puhong Road Pass on October 27 promises a memorable end to the race weekend with stunning views throughout. A first for the Haute Route, the entire course will be on fully closed roads, ‘bringing riders ever-closer to the true ride-like-a-pro experience.’
Hosted in the historical towns of Dujiangyan and Wenchuan, Haute Route Qingcheng riders can expect a course with many rolling hills and several significant climbs on the first two stages before a challenging uphill time trial on the final day. The picturesque region that features Qingcheng Mountain will provide a backdrop throughout – ‘as riders get to enjoy the cool fresh air in the Minjiang valley, its colourful towns and rivers providing a unique environment for riding.’
To facilitate rider logistics during Haute Route Qingcheng, there is a choice of two accommodation packages. Located in Dujiangyan City, the Official Event hotel ‘features a Chinese style and an extremely comfortable living environment’… ‘With early breakfasts, late check out on the Sunday, hot spring, swimming pool and all the event briefings held in the Event Hotel, all post-event services will be on the riders’ doorstep.’
Open to Solo or Duo (team of two) riders, one particular highlight of the three days will be the climb up to Qingcheng Mountain, on a road which is usually closed to the public. On top of this climb, riders will also get to experience the colourful historic towns, temples and bamboo forests that are emblematic of the region.
Located in the southwest region of China, the Sichuan Province is one the largest provinces in the country and is a 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.