Haute Route has cancelled both of their 7-day flagship races, Haute Route Alps and Haute Route Pyrenees due to COVID19.
“It is with a heavy heart that we have had to take an unprecedented decision to guarantee the health and safety of everyone: the cancellation of the 2020 Haute Route Alps and Haute Route Pyrenees,” they announced Tuesday.
The races, scheduled back-to-back, from 22 August through 5 September were sold out with over 400 riders committed to participate in each.
With lockdown still present in many countries worldwide, training for an amateur week-long event is difficult at best. Moreover, travel restrictions are expected to remain in place through year-end, making travel for Haute Route’s international racers, including over 50 different nationalities, uncertain and risky.
In addition, with the recent explosive growth of COVID19 in Brazil, the inaugural Haute Route Brazel 3-day race in September has been cancelled.
Two 2020 Haute Route races remain unscathed by COVID19 and still have a chance of occuring – Haute Route Ventoux 2-4 October in France and Haute Route Mexico 16-18 October.