Les Deux Alpes looks like a mecca for
downhill bikers, so many of them are seen in this place.
What would they think of race cyclists
who love climbing most of all?
Coming from the direction of Bourg d'Oisans,
most cyclists presumably choose
to drive on the D1091 to the Lac de Chambon
and thence to Les Deux-Alpes.
In this way the entire trip takes place on a busy,
Furthermore, 65 elevation meters are
lost in a descent.
The ascent proposed on this site is much more pleasant,
since it largely takes a narrow, quiet road
and since descents are avoided.
It starts in Le Clapier,
follows the D1091 for two and a half kilometers
and then turns sharply right onto a narrow unsigned road.
During the following three kilometers the road winds upwards
through the forest, making four hairpin bends.
This is the toughest part of the climb (8-11%).
This section is followed by another with a small slope (2-7%)
and magnificent views while the road runs across an almost vertical cliff.
Unfortunately, after the village of Bons the climb continues
on the busy, wide road towards Les Deux-Alpes.
There are still four fairly steep (8%) kilometers ahead.
The finish is situated at the Office de Tourisme
at the beginning of the village.
It is advisable to continue a little further into the village
taking the wide street
to look around in this tourist resort
with the impressive Roche de la Muselle (3465 meters)
at the background.