Known as the world’s highest and toughest cyclosportives series, Haute Route, is heading to the Colorado Rockies for seven days of climbing. The inaugural edition runs from June 24-30th and features 815 kilometers (507 miles) of riding across the Rocky Mountains and 15,000 meters of climbing (49,260ft) between Boulder and Colorado Springs.
For the Mavic Haute Route Rockies, the Team Type 1 Foundation is sending nearly a dozen riders who were tasked with the goal of raising $200,000 in addition to completing the daunting seven-day event. A standout story from this group is Jimmy Bees, who rides with type 1 diabetes. Bees raised $6,500 for the Team Type 1 Foundation by fixing up and selling bikes. In addition to these six riders, Team Type 1 Foundation’s founder and president Phil Southerland will be riding. Phil, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at seven months old, also serves as the co-founder and CEO of Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team.
Mavic Haute Route Rockies
The aim of the Mavic Haute Route Rockies, which one of the most revered amateur cycling event series in the world, is to deliver an unparalleled professional experience both on and off the bike for amateur riders. Highlights of this year’s event include Independence Pass, Kebler Pass and Berthoud Pass, multiple stretches of dirt and gravel roads, and the spectacular beauty of Trough Road and W. Sopris Creek Road.
Since its inauguration in 2011, the Haute Route incorporates a charitable component offering participants the opportunity to fundraise for a specific philanthropic initiative. For the past four years, the Team Type 1 Foundation has served as Haute Route’s official charity. To date, the Haute Route has raised $500,000 for the Team Type 1 Foundation's mission to educate, empower, and provide equal access to medicine for everyone affected by diabetes.
Organized by OC Sport and comprised of six events in 2017, including the Mavic Haute Route Rockies (June 24th-30th), Alpe D’Huez (July 12th-14th), Pyrenees (August 13th-19th), Alps (August 24th-30th), Dolomites (September 2nd-8th), Ventoux (October 6th-8th), the Haute Route supports hundreds of cyclists as they tackle the steepest and most world-renowned cycling terrain in the world.