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Alpe d’Huez – ‘The Mythical Ascent’

As the Mecca of the Tour de France, Alpe d’Huez and the 21 hairpin bends remain a marquee stage of the Grande Race. These 21 panels give rhythm to the cyclist’s effort for a count-down over 9 miles, 3,670ft difference in height on a average of 7.9 % slope. Each day during the summer, an average of 1000 riders climb this mythical ascent, be it occasional riders or experts.
Alpe d’Huez really is the Mecca of cycling, and one should absolutely do this cycle race once in a lifetime!
Having not been on a bike since the young age of 18 – some 25+ years ago – Gareth is attempting to undertake this difficult sporting challenge on the 25th July. The pressure is on as he has pledged if he does not complete the task in hand he will give folks their money back! Good Luck Gareth and keep peddling!

Please support Gareth in his brave attempt to master Alpe d’Huez and raise money for National Cancer Support.

cycle climbAlpe d’Huez climb in figures

  • Bends: 21
  • Departure: 2,351 feet
  • Arrival: 6,100 feet
  • Difference in height: 3,749 feet
  • Length: 8,89 miles
  • Average steep: 7,9 %
  • Highest steep: 14 %
  • Climb record: 37’35’’, average speed of 14,34 miles/h (Marco Pantani in 1997).