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Course details announced for 2018 Mavic Haute Route Rockies

by Holly Blades

Haute Route, the world's most prestigious multi-day event series for amateur cyclists, today announced the route for the second edition of the Mavic Haute Route Rockies. Kicking off in the official start city of Boulder, Colo. on June 23, 2018, the seven-day event spans 527.8 miles with over 50,000 feet of climbing before ending in Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA.

The Mavic Haute Route Rockies 2018 course includes an epic climb over 14,000 feet to the summit of Pikes Peak-America's Mountain, one of the most famous summits in the United States and one of only two paved roads above 14,000 feet in the United States, during the final stage. Leaving from Woodland Park, the riders will use a private road not normally accessible to cyclists on the north slope of the mountain and will connect to the Pikes Peak Highway with 12 miles to go to the finish--the same place where the famous Pikes Peak Hill Climb starts.

"The second edition of Mavic Haute Route Rockies promises to be unforgettable, with breathtaking scenery and iconic climbs. As promised, we have eliminated all gravel sections and have kept only a few hard-packed dirt sections easily ridden on a road bike. These sections will showcase some of Colorado's most memorable landmarks, enhancing the riders' experience," said Micah Rice, Head of Operations for Haute Route North America. "We planned the route to make it easier for riders to recover after long days on the bike with two nights each in Boulder, Avon and Breckenridge."

"Building on the success of last year's inaugural U.S. event, our Haute Route team has carefully planned the second edition of the Mavic Haute Route Rockies. The 2018 event truly has all the hallmarks of Haute Route including, challenging terrain, long iconic climbs, beautiful scenery and unparalleled pro-like support both on and off the bike," said Haute Route North America Chairman Alain Lambert. "As an amateur cyclist myself who has ridden multiple seven-day Haute Route events, including the first edition of the Mavic Haute Route Rockies, I can state the 2018 edition will test cyclists of all levels and take their breath away with the quality of the parcours designed by our team. Chapeau!"

Staying true to the hallmarks of every Haute Route, Mavic Haute Route Rockies provides amateur riders with the authentic pro experience on and off the bike. Athletes will experience the best roads in Colorado and are fully supported with premium services typically reserved for the pro peloton.

Accommodation packages are available for all Mavic Haute Route Rockies participants, including hotel selections located as close as possible to the start and finish area as well as early breakfast and daily transportation of travel bags. For each level of accommodations riders can choose from three different room options, including individual (single room), couple (double room) or individual to share a room with another rider (twin room). Friends and family of Haute Route riders also have the opportunity to purchase any one of the accommodation packages. Click here for more details and prices on these packages.

Stage by Stage

Saturday, June 23 - Stage 1: Boulder to Boulder
Distance: 69.9 miles
Climb: Left Hand Canyon

Sunday, June 24 - Stage 2: Boulder to Winter Park
Distance: 89.3 miles
Climbs: Sugarloaf, Berthoud Pass

Monday, June 25 - Stage 3: Winter Park to Avon
Distance: 94.8 miles
Climbs: Trough Road, Wolcott Climb

Tuesday, June 26 - Stage 4: Avon Time Trial
Distance: 9.6 miles
Climb: Morningstar

Wednesday, June 27 - Stage 5: Avon to Breckenridge
Distance: 94.1 miles
Climbs: Tennessee Pass, Chalk Mountain

Thursday, June 28 - Stage 6: Breckenridge to Breckenridge
Distance: 113.4 miles
Climbs: Swan Mountain, Loveland Pass, Guanella Pass, Hoosier Pass

Friday, June 29 - Stage 7: Woodland Park to Colorado Springs
Distance: 56.7 miles 
Climb: Pike's Peak

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