Haute Route Rockies Cycling by Mavic

Challenge yourself on the premier cycling event in the Colorado Rockies

Looking for your next big cycling event? Here it is, the first Haute Route challenge on American soil. Visit the mountain mecca of Colorado for a bucketlist cycling adventure designed exclusively for amateur cyclists of the highest level. The Mavic Haute Route Rockies 2017 will feature an unforgettable combination of jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking climbs.

This event offers committed amateur riders the opportunity to compete in a grueling seven stage event with a professional level of off-the-bike support unprecedented in US amateur cycling.

Course details: Coming soon once they are released by event organizers.

Why travel with AOA?: Find out more

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Details – Haute Route Rockies by Mavic

Event Overview

Competitors face seven timed and ranked stages covering 875km (550 miles) and in excess of 16,000 vertical metres (52,500 feet) of climbing on some of Colorado’s best known mountain roads, many soaring above 3,000m in altitude (10,000 feet). The route is not officially released as of October 15, 2016, but the organizer has promised around 15% of unpaved routes to add to the challenge!

Like any standard racing event, you can pay the entry fee and plan your trip on your own, OR you can choose to trust all logistics, accommodations, and support to one of America’s premier cycling tour operators AOA-Pure Adventures. We provide planning and logistical support, lodging at a deluxe level, a highly skilled support team, and ensure that every detail is a non-issue so that you can focus only on the riding and having the time of your life! Cyclists traveling with AOA-Pure Adventures will meet in Boulder on June 23rd, 2017 and finish in Colorado Springs on July 1st, 2017.


Details & Inclusions

Participants will benefit from full mechanical assistance from the event’s Title Partner Mavic – and all the race inclusions offer as well as all added support, logistics, lodging, nutrition, transportation, and expertise of a top cycling tour operator.

 

PRICE: $4499

per person, shared occupancy in all accommodations

Upgrade to solo accommodations: $1528

 

Trip Details

START: 2:00 pm June 23, Meet your guides at St Julien Hotel & Spa

END: 2:00pm at Denver International Airport (transfer from Colorado Springs)

GUESTS: 2 min, 10 max

 

AOA TRIP COST INCLUDES:
  • 8 nights deluxe accommodations – best lodging in each locale including resort fees and taxes
  • Private support team of 3 with Wilderness First Responder certified guides and private mechanic
  • Daily post ride bike cleaning & maintenance
  • Daily water bottle cleaning
  • Private transportation throughout
  • Private door to door luggage transfers each day of the trip
  • Bike care/handling before and after stages
  • Bike security and lockup throughout
  • Spare tubes and CO2 as needed
  • All meals from Dinner 23 June – Breakfast 1 July
  • Pro level nutritional supplementation – gels, drink mix and recovery
  • Individual hand ups at feed zones
  • Recovery services including ice baths, recovery boots, and more.
  • Return transfer to Denver airport from CO Springs
HAUTE ROUTE ENTRY FEE INCLUDES: (Sold Separately: $2,400)
  • 7 Pro Level race stages with neutral Mavic mechanical support
  • Daily stage timings and feed stations
  • Mavic’s event jersey and bibs
  • Daily massage and feed stations in race village
NOT INCLUDED IN COST:
  • Haute Route Entry Fee (required): $2400
  • Bike (Top Quality Rental Bikes Available)
  • Bike building/packing/tuning ($125) when you ship to AOA – Find out more
  • Private massage (Options to hire available)
  • Flights or travel arrangements to and from the Denver area

 

Reservations, Payments and Cancellation

The Haute Route Rockies cycling challenge is a premier cycling event that you should expect to book well in advance. There is limited space available in the AOA-Pure Adventures deluxe supported Haute Route package. Advance planning is necessary. Book now!

We strongly recommend that you purchase “travel insurance.” This is a valuable tool that will protect your trip investment.

For more details please see our comprehensive Trip Policies and Payments page.

Bike Rental

 

Itinerary

**Note: Accommodations are shared. Solo travelers will be paired up with other same-gender participants. Single supplements are subject to total participation and room availability.**

JUNE 23: MEET IN BOULDER, CO

Today we meet at our deluxe hotel in Boulder, the St Julien Hotel & Spa at 2pm.  We will begin with introductions, a quick orientation, and then visit the Haute Route race village to pickup numbers and race information. After check in, we will have a more complete briefing, followed by dinner together in preparation for your first stage on the bike tomorrow. After dinner, our mechanic and support team will help build up bikes, or if you are renting, get you set up and dialed in on our high performance machines so you have nothing to do in the morning except get ready to ride.

  • Cycling: No riding today. Bike builds and prep.
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch on your own, dinner included.
  • Lodging:

JUNE 24: STAGE 1, BOULDER TO BOULDER

Rise and shine – we will have a race ready breakfast and snacks  to prepare for the first stage. There will be an option to warm up your legs with a ride to the stage start or we will load up our support van and transport you to the race village and start. Our team will get all participants to the line and pre-stage meetings as necessary and will then leave you on the course to ride at your pace. Through the duration of the stage, our team will be on the course for private nutritional support. At the end of the stage, we provide a private cool down station for you to enjoy. There will be time to wander the race village and take advantage of the recovery services and foods on offer before retiring to our resort. At the end of the evening, we transfer back to the St Julien via van for a hardy dinner and rest.

  • Cycling: TBA
  • Meals: All meals included
  • Lodging: St. Julien Resort & Spa, Boulder, CO

JUNE 25: STAGE 2, BOULDER TO WINTER PARK

Leaving Boulder today, the race will at some point early on begin to climb as you make your way to the ski town of Winter Park just the first of several ski towns to make this tour a challenge! As yesterday, our team will be there to get your day started and get you to the village and start line as needed.  We will be on course and at the finish for your private support group in addition to what Mavic and the event include. In Winter Park tonight, we will again have a hardy meal and you can enjoy a good night’s sleep at the Alpenglo Lodge.

  • Cycling: TBA
  • Meals: All meals included
  • Lodging: Alpenglo Lodge, Winter Park, CO

JUNE 26: STAGE 3, WINTER PARK TO AVON

Waking up at even higher altitude today, you just keep climbing! Start off with a good breakfast that we look after and then prepare to ride across Vail Pass to Avon, just a short ways down the mountain from world-famous Vail. This stage will be big, and today you will begin to feel the road in your legs, so we are there to support with nutrition, water, and encouragement along every step. At the stage finish we’ll be ready to whisk you into our recovery space and wind down before heading off to tonight’s very comfortable lodging at the Westin Riverfront Hotel & Spa. Private massages are available if booked in advance, and we can make those arrangements for you. Keep those legs fresh, you’ve barely started!

  • Cycling: TBA
  • Meals: All meals included
  • Lodging: Westin Riverfront Hotel & Spa, Avon, CO

JUNE 27: STAGE 4, AVON TO AVON

Today dawns just a little later than others, as there is no bag to pack. Today’s stage will start and finish in Avon, allowing you to gain extra precious moments of sleep. Enjoy a fresh breakfast and rest in preparation for the event’s only time trial. If Vail Pass wasn’t on yesterday’s route, expect that it will make an appearance today! We will support all of our riders at the race village stage start and be waiting at the finish as you come through 1 x 1. Upon finish, you’ll have time to head back to the hotel and spa to rest, visit with other riders, or get a much-deserved massage. There should be sufficient down time for your to relax by yourself before dinner.

  • Cycling: TBA
  • Meals: All meals included
  • Lodging: Westin Riverfront Hotel & Spa, Avon, CO

JUNE 28: STAGE 5, AVON TO SNOWMASS

Another big stage with a finish climb to remember! Snowmass village sits higher up on the mountain and after a long day in the saddle, you will need some reserve to make a hard push and hang on until the finish this afternoon in the village. Once you’ve conquered the stage, you’ll have much-deserved rest in the cool, clean mountain air with views over the very mountains you’ve just climbed! Our lodging tonight will be in Snowmass Village at the Stonebridge Inn, right in the heart of everything. We’ll relax over a delicious dinner and as this is Snowmass, we may be lucky enough to have some evening festivities and outdoor music before turning in.

  • Cycling: TBA
  • Meals: All meals included
  • Lodging: Stonebridge Inn, Snowmass, CO

JUNE 29: STAGE 6, SNOWMASS TO CRESTED BUTTE

What will the race throw your way today?! Until we know the course we can only guess, but we do know for sure that some very big mountains stand in your way! First, on the descent from Snowmass you will have some time to settle in with some good miles through spectacular countryside.  Enjoy the view, it only gets better! The finish in the ‘cul de sac’ ski town of Crested Butte means a very high finish as the town sits at an altitude of 9,000 ft and tonight’s mountain resort is up the road at a slightly higher elevation. After finishing this stage  there will be a chance to rest, recover, and change into casual clothes for a short van transfer to our accommodations in Buena Vista, CO. We will have lots of recovery products available and keep you hydrated and fed with an excellent dinner tonight. In Buena Vista, we are well-positioned for the next day’s stage start  and will avoid the motor coach transfer that most rider will be making tomorrow. Rest well at the Surf Chateau in BV before tomorrow’s final stage!

  • Cycling: TBA
  • Meals: All meals included
  • Lodging: Surf Chateau, Buena Vista, CO

JUNE 30: STAGE 7, FINISH IN COLORADO SPRINGS

Your legs, nay, your whole body will be grateful to see the buildings and finish line of Colorado Springs today. You made it, and no matter your time, you will no doubt remember this week for the rest of your life! Our team is planning to meet the logistical requirements of the day to transport you to the stage start, support you on this last stage, and meet you at the finish. Tonight, we have an historic hotel awaiting in the Mining Exchange and you can indulge a little more with a celebratory dinner in honor of all our guests and participants!

  • Cycling: TBA
  • Meals: All meals included
  • Lodging:

JULY 1: DEPARTURE DAY

Today is departure day! If you flew into Denver and have a return flight, we will make a group transfer to Denver airport departing mid-morning which should allow for flights after 2pm from Denver.  If you need to leave at another time, we can help you with arrangements.

  • Cycling: No riding today
  • Meals: Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own

More Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the rides like and how do I train for the trip?

A: This tour is 100% road riding, challenging and designed for amateur road cyclists of the highest level looking for a unique race experience simulating a pro-level stage race. This is not a touristic trip visit with cultural sites along the rides.

Q: What sort of accommodations are included on this trip?

A: The accommodations on the Haute Route challenge are deluxe rooms at comfortable resorts. All standard accommodations are double occupancy. If you wish to room alone, you can purchase the solo accommodations upgrade for an additional fee.

Q: Can I ship my bike to you and have you build it?

A: Absolutely! We have partnered with BikeFlights to make it easy for you to travel with your bike. You can find all details on our Bikeflights webpage here.

Q: What type of support does AOA-Pure Adventures provide?

A: AOA-Pure Adventures will take the hassle out of coordinating your day-to-day logistics during the race. This includes mechanical support between stages, booking and managing your accommodations, and professional care and oversight of your luggage and bike during room-to-room transfers. This allows you to make the most of your trip, and simply ride your bike without the stress associated with traveling; just like the pros! In addition, we will provide food and water hand ups in the pre-designated feed zones as well as post-race recovery. This additional nutritional and recovery support will allow you to perform to your full potential day after day.

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