August 9, 2013
Calgarian and 7-time Ironman, Robert Armstrong is getting ready for the hardest and highest amateur cycling sportif in the world, the Haute Route.
The Haute Route cycling events are prestigious and professionally run 7-day road races aimed at amateur road cyclists. The two Haute Route events in 2013 each cover over 750km and traverse the greatest cycling terrain in the world – the Alps and the Pyrenees.
The Haute Route Alps, which Robert will be riding, takes place between August 18-24, 2013, where he will be competing against 600 other determined amateur cyclists from 35 countries.
Starting in Geneva, Switzerland, the Haute Route Alps traverses the entire length of the Alps, to finish on the Mediterranean coast in Nice, France, one week later. As if 7 back-to-back days in the saddle, more than 800km of cycling, and a huge 20,000m+ altitude gain isn’t enough of a challenge, the Haute Route is ridden ‘against the clock’, with 7 timed stages including a marathon day and a time trial.
In the below video clip, Robert talks about preparing for such a grand and strenuous adventure.
The below video will give you an idea what Haute Route is all about:
Pactimo is thrilled to be with Robert on his adventure, even if it is by way of clothing. We wish him all the strength and mental determination in the world.
Ride like the wind, Robert!
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