Haute Route: Pyrenees

$8,450

The Haute Route is the world’s most prestigious, challenging and dramatic series of multi-day cycling events, and for 2017, we’re giving it an inGamba twist to make it the ultimate amateur road racing experience.

We’ll tackle the highest, steepest, most breath-taking terrain in southern France as part of seven dramatic timed and ranked stages, that combined with our unequalled level of equipment and support, will get you closer than ever to the lifestyle of a professional rider.

Starting in Anglet, on the beautiful Basque coastline, and finishing on the banks of the River Garonne in charming Toulouse, la Ville Rose, we’ll take on classics like Tourmalet, Aubisque, Peyresourde, the Port de Balès, and the Col du Portillon, and light it up in the Individual Time Trial from Bagnères-de-Luchon to the ski station at Superbagnères. This unforgettable escapade will take you to the heart of one of cycling’s most iconic mountain ranges and deep into French racing culture. You won’t want to miss it.

Included With Trip:

  • Entry to the 2017 Haute Route Pyrenees Race
  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F10 bike rental with SRAM Red eTap components and daily bike wash
  • One Giordana FRc custom inGamba cycling kit and one additional Giordana FRc Inline cycling kit
  • Daily post-ride massage from a professional soigneur
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing

*Pre/post-trip lodging is not included

**Beverages ordered by guests beyond normal amounts and away from group activities will incur additional charges

Trip at a Glance

Start Location:

Biarritz

Finish Location:

Toulouse

Days Riding:

8

Group Size:

8

Total Distance:

910km

Total Elevation:

19,300m

Longest Day:

Stage 1. Anglet – Oloron Sainte-Marie. 174km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Stage 4: Tarbes – Col du Portillon. 3,900m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Arrival

Bienvenue en France! Today is scheduled to be a day for travel, and not for riding. Don’t worry though, because there will be plenty of riding later on in the week and you will definitely get your money’s worth! We'll pick you up at the airport when you arrive and gather together for the first time as a team for dinner.
2

Expo & Test Ride

Today is an important part of the pre-Haute Route process. We need to get out for a ride on our new Pinarellos. This is the time to make adjustments to your bike fit. If something isn’t quite right, please have the mechanic make the adjustments now. As you might imagine, the fit of your ride is critical to tackle the upcoming 910km and 19,000m of pain, suffering, and accomplishment. In the afternoon we will make sure to get some time on the massage table to get you ready for tomorrow. And include a quick trip over to the expo area to collect your race packet and goodie bag. Tonight we will meet before dinner for a team meeting to discuss the strategy and arrangements we’ve made for your success.
3

Stage 1: Anglet – Oloron Sainte-Marie

Let the fun begin. There's no such thing as an easy day on the Haute Route, and we're right into the thick of the action on stage one with some testing climbs, most notably the Col Bagargui and the Col de Soudet. Don't let the lower altitude fool you: we're not into the high mountains yet but these mountains still pack a real punch, with some double-digit gradients to welcome you to the Pyrenees.
4

Stage 2: Pau – Pau

This part of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques might not be as famous as what's to come, but climbs like the Col de Marie-Blanque and the Col d'Aubisque are perennial favorites with the Tour de France's organisers and should give you a real hors catégorie taste of grand tour racing.
5

Stage 3: Pau – Tarbes

Time for the Tourmalet. Undoubtedly one of the Tour's most famous – and most feared climbs – the name of this legendary col is often erroneously translated as "the Bad Detour" but it actually comes from the local dialect and means "the Distance Mountain". We'll definitely be going the distance today, because before we reach the Tourmalet we have the tricky Col de Spandelles to contend with.
6

Stage 4: Tarbes – Col du Portillon

Today we'll cross over from Haute-Garonne to Hautes-Pyrénées on an epic route that involves some climbs that have been featuring in the Tour for more than a century, like the Col d'Aspin, where the 1950 race leader Gino Bartali infamously withdrew from the race following altercations with the angry local crowds, and the Col de Peyresourde, where Chris Froome launched an audacious descending attack during the 2016 event.
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Stage 5: ITT Bagnères-de-Luchon – Superbagnères

It's time for the Race of Truth! The TT to Superbagnères will be one of the most decisive – and exciting – stages in this year's event, and while it finishes at a ski station and clearly favors the climbers, only those who can control their nerves and pace their efforts will post a good time today.
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Stage 6: Bagnères-de-Luchon – Hospice de France

Today's route introduces us to some lesser known, but equally exciting, roads in the Pyrenees, most notably the Port de Balès, which only featured in the Tour for the first time in 2007, but has since made regular appearances.
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Stage 7: Bagnères-de-Luchon – Toulouse

The Col de Menté has been a frequent part of the race since the 1960s, and the older riders and history buffs will know it as the scene of a legendary battle between Luis Ocaña and Eddy Merckx in the 1971 Tour. After that climb, all that remains is a triumphant ride into the Pink City, Toulouse, where celebrations will be in order regardless of the final general classification standings.

PINARELLO DOGMA F10

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F10

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi

PEDALS:

Speedplay Zero or your own

SADDLE:

fi’zi:k Arione, Antares, Aliante, Donna, Vesta or your own

WHEELSET:

Zipp alloy 30

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa CX

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820