The Haute Route Dolomites 2017 Announce an Exciting New Course For a Classic Event
by Holly Blades
The 2017 Haute Route Dolomites features a brand new course, simpler logistics than in previous years and some of the cycling world's most famous climbs, event organiser and creator OC Sport revealed today.
The fourth edition of the Haute Route Dolomites starts for the first time from Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol, and then makes its way to Venice by way of a spectacular and challenging course that covers 812 kilometres of road, and with 20,000 metres of vertical ascent.
The key climbs include the majestic Timmelsjoch and the Monte Giovo, an Individual Time Trial up the Passo delle Erbe, the Passo San Pellegrino and two ascents of the mighty Passo Fedaia.
Another bonus is that the new route offers three two-night stays for riders, reducing the logistical challenge of the week dramatically.
Benjamin Chandelier, the Haute Route Dolomites Event Director, says that this edition looks set to be an absolute classic that will challenge riders of all abilities.
"We are super-excited to be starting from Innsbruck and for the first time in the history of the Haute Route Dolomites to have devised a course that travels directly to Venice without transfers," he said.
"The double-night stays are going to make everything very easy off the bike, meaning riders will be able to enjoy their time on the bike even more. It's a new beginning for this great event and one not to miss," Chandelier added.
The Haute Route Dolomites sets off from Innsbruck on Saturday September 2 with a 113km loop back to its starting point, featuring 2,900 metres of climbing. Stage 2, from Innsbruck to the Valle Isarco is the Queen Stage of a tough week with 176kms on the road and a formidable 4,200 metres of climbing including the Timmelsjoch and the Passo di Monte Giovo.
After a slightly easier Stage 3 dominated by the Passo di Pennes, the Individual Time Trial follows on Stage 4, a 17km ascent of the Passo delle Erbe from the west, rising 1,100 metres with an average gradient of 6.5% and a maximum of 11%.
Stage 5 is another relatively short one at 113km but it includes a total of 3,900 metres of ascent made up of a second ascent of the Erbe - this time from the north - and two iconic climbs in Italian cycling the Passo Pordoi and the Passo Valparola.
There is no let-up on Stage 6 as the peloton completes a 103km loop based at the beautiful ski resort of Canazei via the Passo Fedaia and the Passo san Pellegrino. Then comes the final challenge, a long Stage 7 from Canazei to the charms of Venice, with the Passo Fedaia once more on the agenda alongside the San Boldo Pass.
In keeping with the Haute Route's unique proposition, riders on the 2017 Haute Route Dolomites will benefit from mechanical and safety support on the road, massages and a rider's meal after racing and full logistical support meaning that the focus is always on the riding.
Hundreds of riders have already signed up for the 2017 Haute Route Pyrenees (August 13-19), Haute Route Alps (August 21-28) or Haute Route Dolomites - join them on the startline by clicking here and remember the current price structure changes at midnight CET on December 6.
Registrations for the inaugural Mavic Haute Route Rockies are also open. Taking place from June 24th to 30th 2017 in Colorado, the final registration phase is already in effect as places are selling rapidly.
And don't forget that the inaugural Haute Route Ventoux, a new three-day racing sportive based in the town of Bédoin and featuring three climbs of Mt Ventoux, will be staged from 6-8 October. The second registration phase will close at midnight CET on December 22.
Images Copyright Manu Molle
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