Alpe d’Huez (French Alps)

‘If you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.’ – Henry Ford

Alpe d’Huez: 13.8 km, 8.1% average gradient, 13% maximum gradient, 1071 m ascent

Route Map

This is an accurate map of the route that we took.  I have had the amazing opportunity to climb Alpe d’Huez several times.  It is very straight forward to navigate from the town of Bourg d’Oisans to the base of Alpe d’Huez.  The mountain is literally right beside the town.


Climb Profile



Trip Map

The following map shows the towns that we stayed in and the climbs that we did.  When we climbed Alpe d’Huez, we stayed in Bourg d’Oisans.  Access to the climb is really easy from this lovely little town.

Julie’s Tips

Hotel – I recommend staying in Bourg d’Oisans.  This lovely little town is at the base of Alpe d’Huez.  From this town, there are a number of climbs within biking distance.

If you are more adventurous, you can stay up on Alpe d’Huez.  The views are stunning.  If you do some of the other climbs in the area, you may need a car to get back up to your hotel or you can take the bus from the town (they will transport you and your bike).

Bikes – There are several bike shops right in the main town and it is quite easy to rent bikes upon arrival.  With only two main streets, the town is very easy to navigate.

Push Yourself – If you have the time, climb Alpe d’Huez at the beginning of your stay, then again near the end.  Even be a little adventurous and try it as a time trial.  After all, when will you be back?

Patisseries – Try them all!!

Clippings from my journal….dscf1409-2

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Other Resources:

Check out this AWESOME Alpe d’Huez page I found.

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