More historic climbs than ever before have been packed into the routes for the 2016 Haute Route Series, with the three week-long sportives boasting their most varied parcours yet.
Each week in the Pyrenees (August 20-August 26), Alps (August 28-September 3) and Dolomites Swiss Alps (September 5-September 11) comes with seven timed and ranked stages and more than 20,000m of climbing packed into the 800km-900km routes.
Haute Route director Julie Royer believes the 2016 routes represents some of the most challenging courses in the series’ history.
She said: “With the support of our host venues we have been able to stage the most demanding and historically significant route yet.
“For those taking on the Haute Route Pyrenees, the cycling icons of the region, including Tourmalet, Peyresourde and Col d’Aspin, lie in wait.
“The highlight of 2016’s Haute Route Alps is day three’s race against the clock on the Col du Galibier – a first in world cycling – while the Dolomites Swiss Alps features two ascents of the fearsome Passo dello Stelvio.”