As we get older our memories fade, which is probably why after only 3 years of not doing a Haute Route, I’m signing up for another one. My first HR, back in 2013, was pushed on me by my step-brother, Rob; in 2015 it was all Aaron’s fault for having a free entry to give me; in 2019 I blame John, who has never done one and wanted some company.
Whoever is to blame, I’m glad I’m making this announcement now because I’ll need every week between now and next August to get reasonably ready.
As we did in 2013 and 2015, we’ll be putting together an informal team for the event, so if you are feeling like a good ol’ challenge, let me know.
If you are thinking that Haute Route is just too hard, here’s an article from a friend who just finished two, back to back.
Oh, and this year HR is offering something called the Infinity Pass, which is your passport to any and all Haute Route events next year for the price of one one 7-day race. Yes, really.
14 thoughts on “Haute Route Pyrenees 2019: Yikes”
I think I’m on for the Pyrenees. As you know, I’ve bought an Infinity pass – so have to do something!
Please keep me in the loop.
Jules, you are welcome! Have you registered yet for the event? You can if you have an Infinity Pass. We will next week once we get ours sent to us.
lol. You are welcome for 2015.
I will gladly follow your progress in 2019. Thrilled to see you giving it another go!
I’m eternally in your debt. Get back on the bike and we’ll get your over for a ride or two in Provence.
I’ll have to snap up one of those infinity passes.
They are going fast, TP. Better be quick. Team spot reserved, of course.
Good luck, Gerry! Looking forward to reading about your third adventure. [The article from your friend who finished two, back to back, brought back some memories for me :< The words about resilience, sleep, and eating ring a bell. I would do another Haute Route but would (have to) do it with a different mindset (than focusing on time)–the things we learn 🙂 ]
Jan, are you leaving the door open for another HR…perhaps even HRP next year? 😉
If my son Marcus ever wanted to do it, I’d consider it. (He’s only 13, going on 14, but stronger & faster so he’d be ahead and I would take my time …).
If Marcus is stronger than you that’s impressive. Then again, he does have Belgian blood flowing through his veins!
I’ll have to live it vicariously through you. Good luck and looking forward to the updates.
Luc, would love to have you on the team. It’s probably the only way we’ll every actually meet (the few seconds in 2013 excepted…)!
Gerry you may remember we swapped emails last year – turns out we both took part n the Marmotte Furnace of 2015. Anyway, my mate and I have entered HR Pyrenees 2019 as out “big event” of the year and would be great to stay in touch as you form the team.
Hi Paul, I do indeed remember. How did HR Alpe d’Huez turn out for you this year?
You and your friend are welcome on the team! I haven’t really gotten serious about ‘recruiting’ yet and I think the team will not be all that involved, e.g. jerseys. I’m simply got too much organizing to do with my tour business. But we can certainly do some dinners together and keep each other motivated on the run-up! I think we’ve got 6 or 7 now, including you guys. I’ll probably come back and ask for a short ‘bio’ at some point, so I can profile us all on the blog…if you don’t mind.
Looking forward to it!