This week we have Alain Lambert the Chairman of Haute Route North America joining us to talk about what makes these multi-day cycling events so unique. If you saw the teaser video we posted on social media this week, you they offer a pro-cyclist experience in epic locations around the world.
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The Tour de France began as a marketing gimmick by Henri Desgrange who was editor of a sports newspaper called L'Auto which was targeted to French auto racing enthusiasts. He started to cover cycling and in 1902 an employee suggested a stage bicycle race around France. The first tour was 2400 kilometers to be covered in six stages. It was less intended as an athletic contest as it was an experiment in human endurance limits. Desgrenge promised the steepest mountains, the darkest nights, the most violent winds, the most difficult routes. In that inaugural year, 60 riders started the Tour and 21 finished.
Origin of the name Haute Route, (or the High Route or Mountaineers' Route) is the name given to a route (with several variations) undertaken on foot or by ski touring between Chamonix in France and Zermatt in Switzerland.
The Haute Route’s objective is to deliver an unparalleled 'professional' experience for amateur cyclists. This means not only delivering first class hospitality and event management, but all the key ingredients that make up the culture and experience of professional road racing.
Hundreds of riders every year from all over the world take part in the Haute Route events, and take on the most mythical passes and roads in all of cycling. The attraction of these legendary cols, such as the Ventoux, Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, Tourmalet, Stelvio and Independence Pass cannot be underestimated, but beyond the sporting challenge is another story, a human story that for many is life changing.
What is the Haute Route exactly? The basic facts can be easily stated – the Haute Route cycling events are the world’s most prestigious multi-day cycling events for amateur riders, run over seven or three days, timed and ranked, across the most iconic mountain passes and valleys.
We are fortunate to have the Chairman of Haute Route NA, Alain Lambert join us this week. Let's get into the interview right now.
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This is really sounding attractive to me for this coming year. The level of support during the Haute Route is also unique. We ensure that Haute Route riders enjoy an unprecedented level of safety, security and comfort. The Haute Route Cycling Series are undeniably a series of ‘professional’ events, for amateur cyclists!
Marshals ensuring priority right-of-way for riders on course
35 safety, medical, and press motorcycles accompanying the peloton
The Course Director’s vehicle at the front of the race
1 official mid-course vehicle
1 official end-course vehicle, and a ‘broom wagon’ to collect riders if necessary
A medical support team
A team of professional masseurs at each Event Village
4 to 5 fully staffed refreshment points per stage
4 Mavic mechanical support vehicles
Events like Alpe d’Huez, Pyrenees, Ventoux, and the Alps are epic sections most well understood by cyclists in N. America.
Greg LeMond (born June 26, 1961) is an American former professional road racing cyclist who won the Road Race World Championship twice and the Tour de France three times (1986, 1989 and 1990). He is considered by many to be the greatest American cyclist of all time. He is also an entrepreneur and anti-doping advocate.
In the book The Comeback, written by Daniel De Vise, there are some incredible things about Greg LeMond, his childhood, his career and the stories of his epic races against riders like Frenchman Laurent Fignon. was born in Lakewood, California, and raised in ranch country on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, near Reno.
He was a victim of sexual abuse from a male neighbor and friend of the family. In the middle of his cycling career, he was nearly mortally injured in a hunting accident. Page 155 highlights.
The Comeback Cycling Trivia (closest to gets a point)
What do you think Greg LeMond's Vo2 Max was? Page 174
What was LeMond's peak cycling salary from a team? Page 180
What year did the first tri bars were used in the Tour? Page 193
Did the Tour ever end with an individual time trial? Page 218
What year did EPO show up in the Tour? Page 251
What year were the first carbon bikes come on the scene in the Tour? Page 255
How much influence does the tour have on bike purchasing trends in the US? Page 278
When did mechanical doping show up in the Tour? Page 323
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