2012-05-25 16:02:56+0000 - Huez, Rhône-Alpes, France
  • Distance:
  • 15.6km / 9.7 mi
  • Duration:
  • 24:20

Awe-inspiring riding from top to bottom of the French Alps at L'Alpe d'Huez. A motorcycle route of 14 KM which can be done in about 18 minutes of tight hairpins and short straightaways. It's undeniably a route to complete many times over.

The d'Huez is a ski resort in the winter months home to: 84 ski lifts, beginner and intermediate runs, including the Sarrene Black run, which at 16 KM, is the world's longest. In summer, it's known as the jewel of the Tour de France (and is visited by thousands of tourists unfortunately).

Start your motorcycle experience with a breathtaking view at the top of d'Huez, a thrill-inducing 1869 KM above sea level. You might want to take a few minutes at the top to prepare yourself. Be careful, each turn is parallel to a cliff drop! d'Huez and it's 21 hairpin turns (each adorned with a plaque featuring the Tour de France d'Huez stage winner) are tight squeezes; chances are your motorcycle will be in first gear at best.

Many motorcyclists who take the d'Huez will agree that riding through hairpin after hairpin will see you more on your brakes then the throttle. You may have to pass a few exasperated bicyclists and the odd carefully-slow car, that's no problem as the strong lean is often rewarded with a strong straightaway and a marvelous view of the upcoming hairpin from above.

The thrilling run finishes in Le Bourg d'Oisans located at the base of the road to L'Alpe d'Huez right in the valley of the Romanche River.

You may want to hang around the town of Le Bourg-d'Oisans and test your skills against professional Tour de France cyclists' times on a rented bicycle. The current times to beat were set by Marco Pantini of Italy and Lance Armstrong of the USA at 37 minutes 35 seconds in 1997 and 37 minutes 36 seconds in 2004 respectively.

Once you reach bottom, there's great food and bars to explore: Le Tire-Bouchon is by far the most well reviewed restaurant in d'Oisans with prices ranging from $30-80 per person.

You can visit the official website of d'Oisans for more information here http://www.tourism-oisans.com/

In sum, an exhilarating ride down the Alps. One can spend an entire day here cruising up and down the mountain on a motorcycle. Yes this is pretty close to heaven. Enjoy the ride! #EatSleepRIDE

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  • SSloan
  • 2013-08-23T06:33:57-04:00

Amazing! This ride would probably be even better on the ascent because you would be on the throttle a little more for the climb.