l'Alpe d'Huez - 1850 metres


The Alpe d'Huez is one of the great climbs of the Alps, and was first climbed by the Tour de France in 1952 when Fausto Coppi won the stage. The climb to the ski resort has 21 marked hairpins, with the toughest part of the ascent over the first three kilometres and first six hairpins.

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Southern Ascent

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Start town : Bourg d'Oisans
Starting Altitude : 719 metres
Distance : 14 kilometres
Vertical Climb : 1120 metres
Gradient :

7.7% average - 12% maximum click to view

Comments :

There is another way to climb Alpe d'Huez, via Rochetaillee, and is over 20 kilometres, and with an average gradient of five percent, this may be an option if the legs are tired and you need to get home at the end of the day. There are also great views over the valley and surrounding mountains from this ascent.

There are two climbs that can be ridden above Alpe d'Huez and both are well worth riding to if you have the time - images of both climbs can be found below the images of Alpe d'Huez on this page.

The first is the Col de Poutran and a little further on from the Col is the Lac Besson. The Col de Poutran is 1995m and the car park at the Lac Besson is 2080m. You can find the road at the top of the ski resort next to the cable car to the Grande Rousses.

The second climb is the Col de Sarenne, a lovely little road that can take you up to the Col at 1989 metres. You will find the Col de Sarenne signposted in Alpe d'Huez, a small road that passes the altiport as it leaves the village. From Alpe d'Huez, the road quality deteriorates in places on the 200 metre vertical climb to the Col. There is then a lovely descent down to the Barrage du Chambon and the foot of the climb to Deux Alpes.

Previous Winners on Alpe d’Huez

1976 : Zoetemelk
1977 : Kuiper
1978 : Kuiper
1979 : Agostinho
1979 : Zoetemelk
1981 : Winnen
1982 : Breu
1983 : Winnen
1984 : Herrera
1986 : Hinault
1987 : Echave
1988 : Rooks
1989 : Theunisse
1990 : Bugno
1991 : Bugno
1992 : Hampsten
1994 : Conti
1995 : Pantani
1997 : Pantani
1999 : Guerini
2001 : Lance Armstrong
2003 : Iban Mayo
2004 : Lance Armstrong
2006 : Fränk Schleck
2008 : Carlos Sastre

Click to view image Not even a quarter of the distance.
Click to view image The view after hairpin two.
Click to view image The view after hairpin three.
Click to view image The view from hairpin four, the steepest part of the climb.
Click to view image Looking down the climb from hairpin four.
Click to view image Climbing towards the hamlet of Le Ribot.
Click to view image Halfway up the climb with the whirling rock formations behind.
Click to view image Halfway up the climb, the road hugs the rockface.
Click to view image The view of the hairpins and Bourg d'Oisans beneath them.
Click to view image The road to come can been seen at top of the picture.
Click to view image Hairpin views on the road to Alpe d'Huez.
Click to view image The road between hairpin three and four contains a stretch of 12 percent but the village is close.
Click to view image The Alpe d'Huez town sign but there are still two kilometres to the Tour de France stage finish.
Click to view image The view from the Tour de France stage finish area, with views towards the Ecrins massif.


Col de Poutran - 1996 metres

Online Maps Road to Col de Poutran and Lake Besson
Start town : Bourg d'Oisans
Starting Altitude : 719 metres
Distance : 19 kilometres
Vertical Climb : 1390 metres
Gradient : 8.1% average - 12% maximum
Comments :

 

Click to view image The view down to Alpe d'Huez and the glaciers of the Ecrins massif.
Click to view image Above Alpe d'Huez, the view from the Col de Poutran (1996m) towards the Belledonne range in May 2000.
Click to view image The Belledonne range and the Col de Poutran.
Click to view image The road continues above the Col de Poutran to the Lac Besson, 2080 metres in altitude.
Click to view image Mountain views when climbing above the Col de Poutran to the Lac Besson.


Col de Sarenne - 1989 metres

Online Maps Col de Sarenne
Start town : Barrage du Chambon and foot of climb to Deux Alpes
Starting Altitude : 1045 metres
Distance : 13 kilometres
Vertical Climb : 954 metres
Gradient : 7.5% average - 11.5% maximum
Comments :

A stunning climb on small and quiet roads with some of the best mountain views on any Col.

Click to view image Descending towards the Barrage du Chambon.
Click to view image Views over the road dropping down to the Barrage du Chambon.
Click to view image The view of the Ecrins massif with a kilometre left to the Col when climbing from the Barrage du Chambon.
Click to view image The Col de Sarenne.

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