Following the success of this summer’s Haute Route Series, organisers OC Sport have decided to return to the same Start and Finish cities in 2016. The three weeks of racing will take riders through the Pyrenees, Alps and Dolomites Swiss Alps in the same direction as 2015.

For the second year running the Haute Route Triple Crown will begin in Anglet Côte Basque. Riders will congregate on the Atlantic coast for the start of the 4th edition of the Haute Route Pyrenees (August 20th -26th 2016) and take on the beautiful, but brutal Pyreneen cols. Their journey will end once again next to the Garonne in Toulouse, France’s fourth biggest city.

Perennial host cities since 2011, Nice and Geneva will once again play host to the Start and Finish lines of the Haute Route Alps 2016. Nice’s fabled Promenade des Anglais will welcome over 500 amateur cyclists as they begin their journey on the 28th of August. This journey will culminate on the 3rd of September in the heart of Geneva’s Jardins Anglais on the shores of Lac Léman.

Geneva will then become a global capital for amateur cyclists, as it plays host to the start of the Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps (5th - 11th September). Riders will brave their way up some of Europe’s highest climbs on their way to the final finish line in the picturesque Italian city of Venice.

Stage details for each of the three Haute Route events are set to be announced in November. Rest assured however, the concept of the Haute Route remains the same. Each set of seven timed stages will consist of 800km in distance, 20 of cycling’s most storied cols and 20,000 metres of climbing. As always, riders will also benefit from our ever-growing set of services usually reserved for the professional peloton.

Second Sign-Up PhaseSign-ups for 2016 opened at the start of August, and many cyclists have since joined countless returning Haute Route riders in benefiting from the early-bird sign-up discount. Having closed the early-bird phase, the second phase of signups is open from October 1st until the 30th of November 2015. A number of options are available, cyclists can choose to sign up for one event, two events (Iron Riders) or even take on the ultimate challenge by signing up for the Triple Crown (three events). Riders can also sign up as a team or through our official charity partner Team Type 1. For more information head to http://www.hauteroute.org

Programme for the Haute Route 2016 Haute Route Pyrenees

(Anglet-Toulouse): 20–26 August 2016

  • From Anglet Côte Basque to Toulouse
  • Seven consecutive stages from Saturday 20th of August to Friday 26th
  • Start Village opens on Friday August 19th .
  • Closest airports : Biarritz-Anglet (Bordeaux, San Sebastien and Bilbao) and Toulouse

Haute Route Alps (Nice-Geneva): 28 August–3 September 2016

  • From Nice to Geneva • Seven consecutive stages from Sunday August 28th to Saturday September 3rd
  • Start Village opens on Saturday August 27th
  • Closest airports : Nice, Genève-Cointrin

Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps (Geneva-Venice):

  • From Geneva to Venice
  • Seven consecutive stages from Monday September 5th to Sunday September 11th.
  • Start Village Sunday 4th of September
  • • Closest airports: Genève-Cointrin, Venice

01.11.2015