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Bennett wins yet again, emergency surgery for Bakelants: Daily News Digest
The organisers of the Haute Route have announced details of an 11-month calendar for 2018, beginning in San Francisco and taking in trips to other locations such the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Dolomites and Mont Ventoux.
Here’s an excerpt:
Opening the Haute Route season in April will be the inaugural 3-day Haute Route San Francisco (April 20th-22nd), offering riders an opportunity to experience the fierce local cycling culture in the Bay Area, appreciate the breath-taking ocean views and iconic landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge. Following the inaugural San Francisco adventure, the season will continue in the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina on the first ever 3-day Haute Route Asheville (May 18th to 20th).
The peloton will be immersed in its unmistakeable mountain vibe and will ride in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The final new 3-day event on North-American soil next year will be the Haute Route Utah in Cedar City from the 14th to 16th of September. Combining superb red rock scenery with the charming back roads which will take riders to the coveted high plateaus and summits, Utah promises three remarkable days of cycling.
Returning for a second edition in 2018, the 3-day events on Alpe d’Huez (July 13th to 15th) and Ventoux (October 5th to 7th) will showcase once again two of the most storied climbs in the history of cycling. The much-awaited Maserati Haute Route Norway will take place in August (3rd to 5th); riders will experience an extraordinary setting for cycling in the Stavanger region. Snaking through the Norwegian fjords and drinking in the deep-rooted cycling culture, riders will undoubtedly be captivated by the Haute Route’s first Scandinavian adventure.
See below for video, and click through to read more at the Haute Route website.