A holiday for us may involve some sun, some fun, and cycling in awe of the new landscapes which unfold around us. So when the former Olympic cyclist, Emma Pooley, decided to enter Haute Route’s Mavic Rockies event last month, we couldn’t wait to see how she’d get on during this mammoth event.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Haute Route series, let us enlighten and maybe even inspire you…
Organised by OC Sport, Haute Route is a series of events to challenge and inspire the amateur cyclist who is passionate about performance and the thrill of riding their bikes. With events dotted throughout the annual calendar and across the globe, there is plenty of rides to choose from that will surely get your blood flowing and legs pedalling.
Last month, Haute Route hosted an epic seven-day road cycling event in the heart of the Colorado mountains which saw over 300 cyclists attempt to complete over 500 miles of undulating course mixed with high-altitudes and soaring temperatures. Amongst the rabble of hopeful pedallers was Emma Pooley who’s no stranger to some hard hilly grafting.
Returning from her adventure into the mountains, we caught up with a well rested Emma…
What first attracted you to enter the Haute Route Mavic Rockies?
I’ve already done a few of the Haute Route Alps events and I really love them – they are genuinely fun and friendly, yet also a tough physical challenge, and I get a lot of the fitness benefits that are only possible from multi-stage racing. I guess it was the chance to race an Haute Route in a very different location that attracted me, and the Rockies certainly didn’t disappoint!