09 September 2016

Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps challenge – update

The #IAmHavingABadWeek team have completed five days out of the seven. Here you can find a brief description of each of the challenges they have faced so far.

Stage 1, 05/09/16, 177km - 3,900M+:
The challenge starts off with the longest stage of the week – a colossal 177km ride! The official Haute Route page says that “the five main climbs aren’t the best known of the week but the challenge is deceptive. With nearly 4,000m of vertical ascent this is a tough opening stage”.

Stage 2, 06/09/16, 137KM - 3,800M+:
Robert and the team tackled the Nufenenpass today. Fabian Cancellara, the best Swiss rider of his generation, describes this as “one of the hardest big climbs in Switzerland”. It’s all worth it in the end as at the summit you can see panoramic snowcapped-mountain views of the Bernese Alps.

Stage 3, 07/09/16, 97KM - 3,200M+:
This stage saw the riders take on one of the most difficult stages - St.Moritz. Although this is the shortest stage, it is also one of the most challenging as there is barely any flat all day and the air is less abundant.

Stage 4, 08/09/16, 21km - 1,600M+:
Stage 4 promised average gradients of 7.7% and ramps of up to 14% - Haute Route say “it can feel like you’re riding in slow motion”. Riders are very exposed to the elements at this stage as there is very little shelter. A World War One memorial gave the team an indication that there was only 5.5km left, however, this was arguably the hardest section.

Stage 5, 09/09/16, 144km - 3,500m+:
Today Robert and the team tackled the scenic Bormio. The day started with a cycle through charming villages with gently gradients then onto narrow ascents near the half way point. However, the riders only had a short while to take in the view before starting several climbs with up to double figure gradients in places and rarely dropping below 8%. The temperatures also dropped as the summit is on a glacier.

Currently, the team have raised over £156,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities! This is an amazing achievement and thank you to everyone that has donated so far.

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