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Three-day Haute Route Alpe d’Huez sportive launches in 2017

Iconic climb provides centrepiece for latest three-day addition to 2017 Haute Route Series

The Haute Route has expanded once again following the launch of the series’ second three-day event – Haute Route Alpe d’Huez, which will take place on and around the iconic climb in July.

Having already launched the inaugural Haute Route Ventoux for next year, event organisers have also decided to add the dedicated Alpe d’Huez event to the calendar.

Haute Route Alpe d’Huez is said to offer the full Haute Route experience, but is centred on a single host town over three days, rather than several over a week, making for easier logistics.

Alpe d'Huez, climb, hairpin, out of saddle, Haute Route, mountains, pic - Manu Molle
Alpe d’Huez will take centre stage on the Haute Route’s latest instalment (Pic :Manu Molle)

Taking place from Wednesday July 12 to Friday July 14, the event starts with an individual time trial, before two mountain stages – adding up to a total 250km riding over three days and 8,000m of climbing.

Race director Jean-François Alcan said of the new event: “The Haute Route Alps has visited Alpe d’Huez several times since 2011, and we are excited to return once again.

“Alpe d’Huez is one of the global capitals of cycling, having a three day event here will provide a unique experience for amateur cyclists every year.

Alongside taking on the 14km climb from Bourg d’Oisans – and the iconic 21 switchbacks – for the time trial, the Haute Route Alpe d’Huez will tackle the Villard-Reculas and Col de Sarenne ascents.

Alpe d'Huez, climb, Haute Route, pic - Manu Molle
The iconic climb is the second to be given a three-day Haute Route event after Mont Ventoux (Pic: Manu Molle)

Entries are limited to 100, with an early-bird price of €595 available now. Visit the Haute Route website for more information and to enter.

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