Is this the world's most famous climb for cyclists?
Or only in the Netherlands
thanks to the 8
victories by Dutch cyclists
during the Tour de France between 1967 and 1989
and thanks to the charity event
In any case the road to Alpe d'Huez is full of cyclists,
who try to make the ascent once or more often.
A striking aspect of the climb is the short straight line distance between
start and finish.
This is just 4.5 km whereas there are 1100 elevation meters to bridge.
To make that possible
the route contains 22 hairpin bends.
Except for the last section through the ski resort itself,
the steepness of the climb is fairly typical of the Alps (mostly 8-9%).
Slightly harder is the first section until the fifth hairpin bend
with percentages up to 11%.
Many finish their ride at the beginning of Alpe d'Huez
but by doing so they skip the last one and a half, pretty easy (0-5%) kilometers
of the Tour stage through the village.
Without that last part the climb accumulates 1128
climb effort points
and 1044 elevation meters.
I found it difficult to find the way through the village
but among all other signs
there are signs that indicate the Tour itinerary.