The Haute Route concept is all about providing a professional-worthy experience for our riders. On the road, riders can expect regular feed stations, safety cars and escorts. Off the road we create personalised extra services including daily massages and hot meals after every stage. This experience is even considered down to the detailed routes of every event.
This year the Tour de France crossed the same routes as the Haute Route three times. We take you through the exact same cols, towns, and famous switchbacks our riders will or have already experienced as the Tour de France pros!
STAGE 10: Megève
This year the end of Stage 10 of the Tour de France took on the Le Montée de l'altiport de Megève at 1382m before traversing into the famous ski resort, Megève located in the Mont Blanc massif. Similarly, this year on the Haute Route Alps 2022, the penultimate stage will take riders from Méribel to Megève via some classic climbs, including the stunning switchbacks to the Col du Tra, before heading north to the legendary Cormet de Roselend. Featuring in no less than 12 Tour de France stages, Roselend is as legendary as it is spectacular, making it the ultimate bucket-list pass. This stage will then drop down the north-west side of the pass with its stunning turquoise lake, riders will end the stage by racing into the green rolling mountains surrounding Megève.
STAGE 12: Alpe d´Huez
This years Haute Route Alpe d´Huez culminated in an epic time trial where our riders took on the legendary 21 switchbacks of the Alpe d´Huez. The ultimate race of truth up cycling´s most famous climb was certainly a memorable way to sign off the incredible 3-day race. As expected the Tour de France took on this famous climb in Stage 12 of this year’s race where Mountain bike Olympic champion, Tom Pidcock took his first Tour de France victory at the age of 22. The British cyclist became the youngest winner of the Alpe d’Huez, closely before Lucho Herrera who was 23 when he became the first ever Tour de France stage victory for Colombia.
STAGE 12: Col de la Croix de Fer
Col de la Croix de Fer, featured in Stage 12 of the Tour de France and the first big col of Haute Route Alpe d´Huez. With its ever-changing gradient and backdrops, this climb is one that can halt any rhythm easily and certainly brought some drama to this years Tour de France. Just 5.5KM before the summit, Tom Pidcock shook up the front group, then reduced to five: Froome, Powless, Pidcock, Meintjes and Ciccone. On the Haute Route Alpe d´Huez, this iconic climb was directly followed by the famous Tour de France climb from two directions before pushing onto the finish line atop Alpe d’Huez where we witnessed a battle between Antonio Garnero and Haute Route ambassador, Ed Laverack.
On Stage 18 of the Tour de France, the pros took on Col d' Aubisque and Col de Spandelles. Both of which featured in the Stage 2 route of the Haute Route Pyrenees 2022, but due bad weather the stage was stopped early. Here´s hoping our riders will take on these famous climbs next season…
Want to experience routes covered in the Grand Tour and premium services on and off the road? There´s still time to register for the Haute Route Alps, Haute Route Dolomites and Haute Route Davos this season!