The best way to prepare the Haute Route
2018 will be our 5th year of organising special Haute Route training camps. Between us, the Alpine Cols coaches have ridden over 25 Haute Routes, giving us an unparalleled understanding of the demands of these unique events.
The January camp is on Mount Teide in Tenerife, the professionals’ choice for early season training. We propose a choice of four training camps with French Alpine sportives in June and July, including the Time Megève, the Morzine Haut Chablais, the Grand Bo and the Etape du Tour. These camps are based in La Clusaz in the northern French Alps and include several of the climbs on the route of the Haute Route Alps. Our Dolomites training camp starts and finishes in Innsbruck in July and will take us deep into the Dolomites, over many of the climbs used by the Haute Route Dolomites in 2017.
Finally, we are organising a September No-Stress ride from Lake Geneva to the Mediteranean sea, following the Route des Grandes Alpes. As the name implies this is not a training camp (although our coaches will always provide tips and technical advice) and even less a race. It is your chance to cycle the great, iconic climbs of the Alps on a trip from lakeside to seaside.
Come to one of these training camps if you are planning to ride the Haute Route and would like to:
- Develop endurance in the mountains
- Improve critical skills (climbing, descending, pacing, nutrition, recovery)
- Pick up insider knowledge and tips
- Simulate race conditions
- Race in a sportive on the final day (Alps)
Thank you to you and your great professional team to be able to make “the impossible” possible, thanks god we didn’t know it wasn’t :-)
– Agnès (Alpine Cols Training Camp 2017, Finisher in the Haute Route Dolomites)
Dates in 2018
27 Jan – 3 Feb: 7-day training camp in Tenerife (Canary Islands, nearest airport Tenerife). During the week we ride up to 70% of the usual Haute Route distance and climbing.
31 May – 3 June: 3-day training camp in Megève (French Alps, nearest airport Geneva), including the Time Megève Mont Blanc sportive on the final day. During the weekend you will ride the equivalent of up to 40% of the Haute Route, making for a very intensive 3 days.
09 – 16 or 17 June: 6 or 8-day training camp in La Clusaz (French Alps, nearest airport Geneva), including an opion to ride the Morzine Haut-Chablais sportive on the final day. During the week you will ride the equivalent of up to 80% of the Haute Route. The sportive is comparable to a full stage in August.
21-24 June: 3-day training camp in La Clusaz (French Alps, nearest airport Geneva), including the Grand Bô sportive on the final day. During the weekend you will ride the equivalent of up to 40% of the Haute Route, making for a very intensive 3 days.
01-08 July: 7-day training camp in La Clusaz (French Alps, nearest airport Geneva), including the Etape du Tour on the final day. During the week you will ride the equivalent of up to 80% of the Haute Route. The Etape du Tour is comparable to a tough stage at the Haute Route.
21-28 Jul: 6-day training camp starting and finishing in Innsbruck (Austria, nearest airport Innsbruck). During the week we will loop down south, visiting many of the classic climbs of the Dolomites used by the Haute Route during the last 4 years. Expect to ride the equivalent of up to 80% of the Haute Route.
Please note that places on these camps are limited, so they are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t delay, book today!
Route des Grandes Alpes
If you are not interested in a training camp, why not come on our September No-stress Route des Grandes Alpes tour? It’s the classic cyclist’s challenge: from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean in 7 days of cycling through the Alps.
What they say about us
Cycling Plus is the UK’s widest circulation cycling magazine. Deputy editor Paul Robson rode in the Haute Route Dolomites in 2015, and as part of his preparation he came to the Alpine Cols Haute Route training camp in June 2015.
“As a member of a small group on this camp, the amount of time I was able to spend discussing the strengths, and more importantly weaknesses, of my riding with both Silas and Olivier impressed me immensely. Both on and off the bike I spent hours in conversation with these guys, learning the whole time.”
“Aware now of [my] limitations, I have been able to make a determined effort to work on them. It’s here that the true value of a training camp, rather than a cycling holiday, lies. Of course it’s great to be in the Alps riding, and you can do that alone or with a bunch of your mates. But are you going to learn anything from that? The one-to-one technique advice from highly qualified coaches looking to help you improve in all aspects of your riding will enable you to do just that. Then you can come back with your mates and show them your back wheel.”
If these dates don’t work for you, consider coming on one of our other training camps. There is always plenty of climbing and usually a couple of other Haute Route riders too!
Contact Marvin for more information.