Haute Route Rockies, a new event for the states is a seven stop amateur stage race modeled after similar events in Europe (Haute Route Alps, Pyrénées, and Dolomites). This seven day race will start in Boulder on Saturday June 24th, traversing mountain roads with stops in resort towns such as Winter Park, Avon , and Crested Butte, finally finishing in Colorado Springs on Friday June 23rd.
This 600 Person race will be fully timed and supported across all seven stages. In total, the race will cover 550 miles with over 52,000 vertical feet of climbing. “We are proud to host the finish of the inaugural event as it completes its unforgettable journey through Colorado and six host cities,” said Doug Martin, the Chief Operating Officer of The Sports Corp. “Our city has hosted a long list of great cycling events – this one promises to be something special as well.” The Colorado springs stage will be highlighting some of our most famous landmarks including Gold Camp Road, the Broadmoor, and Garden of the Gods. The 44 mile, 4,590 vertical foot Colorado Springs stage will be a loop that starts and finishes at Rock Ledge Ranch on the east side of Garden of the Gods. This final stage is being brought to Colorado Springs with the help of the Colorado Springs Sports Corp, The City of Colorado Springs, El Pomar Foundation and the Pikes Peak Cycling society.
We are proud to host the finish of the inaugural event as it completes its unforgettable journey through Colorado and six host cities, Our city has hosted a long list of great cycling events – this one promises to be something special as well.
-Doug Martin, Chief Operating Officer, The Sports Corp.
Influenced by Colorado’s rich cycling culture, sections of dirt and gravel road (approximately 15% of the course) will add a new dimension to the Haute Route proposition but these can still be negotiated on a standard road bike.
A point-to-point event, the Mavic Haute Route Rockies offers a unique platform for committed amateur cyclists to set themselves a defining challenge, while taking in the spectacular Colorado canvas of high plains, deep canyons, lush forests and spectacular mountain roads that are ingrained in the fabric of American road cycling.
Colorado Springs Stage Information
Highlights of Stage 7 in Colorado Springs:
Start, Finish & Race Village for Stage 7 of the Haute Route Rockies
Garden of the Gods Park
Cyclists in the race will see one of the world’s great parks as they ride the Stage 7 route. Annually, visitors from all 50 states and more than 60 countries discover the beauty and history of the 1,367-acre Garden of the Gods Park, which has been designated as a National Natural Landmark. The Park is a unique biological melting pot where the grasslands of the Great Plains meet the pinon-juniper woodlands characteristic of the American Southwest, and merge with the mountain forest of the 14,115-foot Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. The 300 million years of geological history of the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs reveal one of the most extensive pictures of earth history found anywhere in the United States. It is a true geological wonder.
Garden of the Gods Park was named the #1 park in the US and the #2 park in the world by TripAdvisor® in 2014. The park is FREE and open to the public.
Gold Camp Road
Gold Camp Road follows the former railroad from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek called the “Short Line.” In the 1920s, the railroad was converted to a car toll road, eventually becoming a free public road.
Highlights: cyclists will pass through two railroad tunnels, Helen Hunt Falls and North Cheyenne Canon. North Cheyenne Cañon is rich with both elements of man-made and natural surroundings on the 1,600 acres of this regional park, owned by the City of Colorado Springs. Included on it are two Visitors Centers including the Starsmore Discovery Center and “The Cub” or Helen Hunt Falls Visitors Center. The Cañon area has been a refuge for Colorado Springs residents from the hot, arid surroundings of a virtually treeless landscape. With the natural streams, waterfalls and wooded areas, it provided a weekend escape for many early settlers of the Colorado Springs area.
Cyclists will also ride by the front of the famed Broadmoor Hotel in Stage 7. Since first opening its doors nearly a century ago, The Broadmoor has offered guests an incredible way to experience the unique beauty of the American West. Today, that tradition is met with warm, genuine hospitality and an unmatched selection of programs and activities that celebrate its magnificent surroundings. The Broadmoor is home to several celebrated restaurants including the only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond restaurant in Colorado, Penrose Room, 54 holes of legendary golf, a world-renowned tennis program, distinctive retail shops, and an array of resort programs for guests of all ages and interests.
For More information on this event, or to enter visit Haute Route’s website