One of the most iconic climbs in cycling! Our starting point, Allemond is a 2.5hrs transfer from La Tania. From here, we’ll cruise into Bourg d’Oisans along the flat for a 12km warm-up, before tackling the renowned 21 bends of Alp d’Huez.
The infamous climb first appeared on ‘Le Tour’ in 1952, providing the location for the tour's first-ever summit finish with Fausto Coppi claiming the victory. It was not to return until 1976 and since then has become a spectator and riders favourite.
As we ascend, we can't promise the raucous crowds on the bends like a TDF day, but there is always something special about this place! Straight up and past the chapel at Dutch Corner (bend 7) and we are 2/3rds of the way along the famous climb. We push on ticking off all 21 bends, towards the summit.
Alp d’Huez offers up numerous options for refuelling before descending the balcony road, enjoying some of the most breathtaking views in the Southern Alps. The descent takes us past the lake and the dam, followed by the opportunity to tackle the Col du Glandon before the final descent down into the Maurienne valley and the little town of St Etienne-de-Cuines.
This is a tough but epic day. Our vehicle support allows you to alter the ride length and ascent, deciding just how much you want to punish yourself!
Key climb - Alp d'Huez
Length of climb: 13.8km
Start altitude: 725m
Summit altitude: 1860m
Elevation gain: 1135m
Average gradient: 8.1%
Max gradient: 13%