How we did it

Cyclist - - Haute Route Alpe-d'Huez | Sportive -


Cy­clist flew to Geneva and hired a car for the three-to-four-hour drive down to Alpe d’huez. On leav­ing the air­port, be sure to go to the French side, not the Swiss, and exit the cor­rect way to avoid the toll road.


We stayed in the Ho­tel de Pic Blanc (ho­ in the vil­lage of Alpe d’huez at the top of the fa­mous climb. It’s a big ski-re­sort ho­tel, so don’t ex­pect an in­ti­mate wel­come, but it is clean and friendly, and more im­por­tantly it’s just a short walk from the event’s HQ and the fin­ish line of all three stages. If you are not plan­ning to bring your own bike, the vil­lage has nu­mer­ous bike hire op­tions.


Thanks to event or­gan­iser OC Sport, which sorted all the lo­gis­tics and en­try to the sportive, and also to Mavic neu­tral ser­vice, which kindly re­assem­bled my bike when I ar­rived in Huez.

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