L'Alpe D'Huez

Alpine Cadence : Supported rides for cyclists in the Alps
The 21 hairpins of l'Alpe d'Huez are about as iconic as it gets in road cycling. Used regularly in the Tour de France, the Alpe has been the scene of much drama over the years, frequently being used as an 'hors catagorie' stage finish. Although not the toughest climb in the Alps it's certainly not to be taken lightly. The first 2 kms are the toughest at average gradients of around 10%. The climb then settles to 7% and 8% gradients for the next 10kms with the only respite coming on the accurately engineered hairpins as they flatten off. The final 1.5 kms ease off to enable a fast climax to the official TDF finish at the top of the town. The average gradient of the climb is 7.9% and the benchmark for good amateur riders is to beat the hour for the full 14.5 km climb.

Alpe d'Huez is a major feature on our Tour des Alpes trip that runs in June and September

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Alpine Cadence : Alpine training camps for cyclists