Following the preventive measures taken against COVID-19 (better known as coronavirus), the Haute Route Dolomites, initially planned for June 14th 2020 was postponed to next year’s edition, scheduled for Sunday June 13th, 2021. We attach the organization’s full statement here.
It is unfortunate to have to wait until June 13th, 2021 for the next edition of the Haute Route Dolomites, one of the world’s most prestigious road cycling event taking place over 3 stages and as many days in the northern Italian region of Veneto. But as someone once said, good things come to those who wait.
The Haute Route Dolomites is available in two formats that will take you to the summits of the Dolomites, including the mighty Passo Giau and the infamous Tre Cime di Lavaredo:
- Haute Route Dolomites, a challenging 210-kilometre event with over 7,600 meters of elevation gain over the three stages offering stunning views of the Dolomites
- Haute Route Dolomites Compact, a more accessible 132-kilometer format to get a taste of the Hautes Routes experience with less elevation gain and the same breath-taking views
Whichever format you choose, the Haute Route Dolomites is a unique opportunity to challenge yourself on the mythical summits of the Dolomites mountain range, surrounded by fellow cyclists from all over the world.
See you on Sunday June 13th, 2021 for a cycling adventure you’re not likely to forget any time soon!
The first stage of the Haute Route Dolomites begins in the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo and starts right off the bat with an ascent up the Passo Falzarego followed by a succession of three pass climbs: Passo Pordoi, Passo Passo Sella and Passo Gardena that will take riders up to 2,100 meters above sea level. The first stage will then head down into the valley before taking on the Passo Valparola at 2,190 meters of altitude and calling it a day at the summit, with a short transition descent back to Cortina d’Ampezzo, for a total of 97 kilometers and 3,300 meters of ascent.
The Compact route will have a similar but shorter course, climbing the Passo Falzarego with the rest of the riders but opting for an easier climb to Passo Campolongo before rejoining the group for the ascent to the Passo Valparola and the transitional descent back to the village. The Compact route participants will have cycled 67 kilometers.
The second stage starts as well from Cortina d’Ampezzo and takes on the Passo Giau with barely any warm-up and follows up with the Passo Falzarego from the first stage. Riders will then head back past Cortina d’Ampezzo and up the steep but breath-taking Tre Cime di Lavaredo climb. Once at the top, riders will return at their own pace to the event village in Cortina d’Ampezzo after 97 kilometers and 3,300 meters climbed that day.
The Compact route again follows the same but shorter course up to Passo Falzarego for a total of 47,5 kilometers and only 2,000 meters of vertical ascent before heading back to base camp.
The third and toughest stage, shared with the Compact format, is a timed trial up the Passo Valparola, tackled on the first day but from a different slope. This 17,5 kilometer ascent with slopes between 6% and 10% will take your breath away but also make you a Haute Route Dolomites finisher!
To be confirmed.