The Haute Route Pyrenees is a week-long cycling event that leads riders across the majestic Pyrenees cols. Felipe Loureiro, a Brazilian-born triathlete and multi-sport coach who has competed in over 450 triathlons across North America, traversed the beautiful, albeit brutal, terrain. Here, he details his journey for BeetBoost.
The Haute Route Pyrenees is part of cycling’s first global series of multi-day races, incorporating 800km, 20 mountain passes, & 20,000 vertical metres of climbing in one week.
Hundreds of riders every year from all over the world head to Europe to take part in the Haute Route events, and take on the most mythical cols of the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites, and Swiss Alps.
The attraction of these legendary cols, such as the Ventoux, Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, Tourmalet, and Stelvio cannot be underestimated, but beyond the sporting challenge is another story, a human story that for many is life changing…
Anglet – La Pierre Saint-Martin
143km | 3,500M+
This was the hardest day of my Haute Route experience. From the moment we started, the heavy rain did not stop for six hours straight, a lot of crashes everywhere. I rode very tense and nervous resulting in a bad time (139th overall and top-30 American).
Pau – Argelès-Gazost
146km | 3,600M+
The weather was way better, and the sun finally came out. I still felt weak but my legs warmed up after the first climb of the day (129th overall and top-20 American).
Individual time trial
Argelès-Gazost – Col de Couraduque
16km | 900M+
I was really looking forward to this Stage, as I love Time Trials. I went hard the entire climb, and I used everything I had by the finish line. It turned out to be a great effort, and I finished as the top-ranked American and 41st overall.
Argelès-Gazost – Pla d’Adet
97km | 3,600M+
The weather started to warm up very quickly and the Stage was very hot and humid. Hydration was key and included four packs of BeetBoost. From the moment we started, the whole time was up and down. Overall, it was a very hard day – 61st overall and 2nd American).
Saint-Lary Soulan – Cap de Long
100km | 3,700M+
This was classified as the “Queen Stage” for a reason; it was a very hard one! Another hot and humid day, I went hard from the first climb until the end trying to gain some time back. I once again managed to finish as top-ranked American and was 58th overall.
Saint-Lary Soulan – Peyragudes
131km | 3,500M+
This was by far the hardest effort I put in throughout the Haute Route. I put all my cards on the table, dug very deep since this was the last “Three Mountains Stage,” and it turned out to be one of the craziest days of my life on the bike. The pain was too much to describe (First American, 51St overall).
Peyragudes – Toulouse
170km | 1,300M+
The final stage – thankfully, the weather was cooler and overcast. Only one mountain to climb and then over 60 miles of flat roads… It was the fastest stage by far with a 30mph average for the last 40 miles. My goal was to stay out of the crashes and get in the first or second group on the flat part. My legs did not want to respond!!!!!
(1st American and 52nd overall)
Overall my position went from 139th on the first Stage to 75th by the end of the week. I was the second American overall.
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