An Ode to the High Road; a reflection on Haute Route Alpe D’Huez

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Haute Route, famed for their brutal seven day stage races / sportives, launched their new concept three day events this year, and I rode the first in the calendar – the Haute Route Alpe D’Huez.

OC Sport nailed the route. It perfectly caputured all the different facets of the mountains that makes me so love these playgrounds for pedalling. The route was centred around the Bourg D’Oisins area, and in a breathless 72 hours, we experienced a taste of all of the various wonders of the high road.

What follows is as much a ode to the joy of the mountain pass as a reflection on the brilliant new event.

Day One: Alpe D’Huez Time Trial

The first time I rode the mythical 21 bends, I really disliked them. Bonking, and at the end of my tether in the closing hour of a crushing ride in the Marmotte, the endless…

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