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Description

Type Loop Traffic Light
Suitable in Winter No Interest 5
Car Parking Bourg d'Oisans, various car parks or on street.
Public Transport Regular bus service from Grenoble.

Difficulty

Distance 168 km
(104.3 miles)
Difficulty HC
Duration 4 h 00 Heighest Point 2067 meters
(6782 feet)
Aspect Various Total Vertical 5100 meters
( 16733 feet)

Road Book

( km )
1
The first 12km to Allemont are largely flat on good roads. Don't get carried away, this is a graveyard for sunglasses and anything not well stowed.
11
Right
Surfaced
2
It is a hard climb through the woods to the Riviers d'Allemont.
22
Straight On
Surfaced
3
There is a short, steep technical descent.
23
Straight On
Surfaced
4
You reach a small col by the Grand Maison dam, there is a flat section.
30.5
Straight On
Surfaced
5
The last climb to the Glandon (1924m) is 3km. The descent to St Etienne de Cuines is neutralized. The first section is steep and technical.
36
Left
Surfaced
6
St Etienne de Cuines. The ride to the base of the Montvernier is about 5km with a little drag en route.
55
Right
Surfaced
7
The climb of the classic Lacets du Montvernier which will be used in the 2015 Tour de France. The road is narrow but well engineered and never too steep.
62
Left
Surfaced
8
After a false col there is a short climb to le Chatel then a big, sweeping fast descent back into the valley.
68
Straight On
Surfaced
9
The climb to Albiez le Jeune features over 40 hairpins in shaded woodland.
77
Right
Surfaced
10
Albiez le Jeune. There is a fountain here by the telephone box on the right.
88
Straight On
Surfaced
11
The descent from the Col du Mollard (1630m) is fast and technical. The road has recently been resurfaced.
95
Straight On
Surfaced
12
Belleville in the Arvan valley sees the start of the climb to the Croix de Fer. The 7km to St Sorlin are fast but gentle climbing.
100
Left
Surfaced
13
St Sorlin d'Arves. Start of the steep 6 km climb to the Col de la Croix de Fer. You'll need something in the tank for this.
107
Left
Surfaced
14
Col de la Croix de Fer (2067m). The high point of today's ride. A fast and furious descent follows to the Grand Maison dam but there is a sting with a small climb at 120km.
113
Left
Surfaced
15
The descent to the Riviers d'Allemont is steep and technical. Don't forget that little 1km 10% climb back up to the Riviers.
121
Left
Surfaced
16
From Allemont there is a 12km flat section to the base of l'Alpe d'Huez.
147
Left
Surfaced
17
If you've beaten the 18h30 cut off you can now climb the famous 21 hair-pins to l'Alpe d'Huez. The first 4km to la Garde is the steepest with sections around 13%.
158
Left
Surfaced

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