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Haute Route Compact returns with two routes for 2016

Bitesize version of European sportives back, packed with iconic climbs

The Haute Route Compact, for riders wanting to sample the Haute Route experience but can’t commit to the full week-long sportives, is back.

Following the launch of the 2016 Haute Route Series, two courses have now been announced for the Haute Route compact, boasting climbs steeped in cycling history.

The Pyrenees edition, to run from August 20 to August 22, includes Marie-Blanque, Col d’Aubisque and La Pierre-Saint-Martin, while the Dolomites Compact (running from September 10 to September 11) will follow the route of final two days of the main event.

The Haute Route Compact is back, offering a taste of what the Haute Route Series is all about (pic: Haute Route)

Haute Route director Julie Royer called the two events ‘the perfect introduction to the Haute Route concept’, with both featuring the same pro-level rider support as the chief events.

“Any competitor expecting an easy ride because of the shorter format will be left in no doubt as to why the Haute Route is renowned as the world’s highest and toughest cyclosportive,” she said.

“These events are built on the same DNA as the main Haute Routes and should attract mainly newcomers and those unable to fit the full event around their schedules.”

 

The three-day Pyrenees Compact rolls out of Anglet and will feature 75km of rolling terrain before the ascent to La Pierre-Saint-Martin, where Chris Froome was victorious on stage ten of the Tour de France this year.

Four more major climbs follow on stage two the following day, which runs from Pau to Argeles Gazost, before the event concludes with a 16km time trial to the summit of the Col de Couraduque on the final day, with a 12 per cent sting in the tail.

Entry costs €500, while basic three-night accommodation is €180 (€320 for twin/double) and the shuttle back to Anglet is €60.

The Haute Route Dolomites Compact packs in some iconic climbs over the two days (pic: Haute Route)

The Dolomites Compact, meanwhile, packs in climbs such as the Passo Gardena and the iconic Passo Giau.

Entry for that event is €375, with two-night accommodation €160 (€240 for twin/double) and €60 for the shuttle from Venice to Alto Adige.

Find out more about the 2016 Haute Route events here, or check out the video trailer here.

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