What Am I Getting Myself Into?

Mondane to Alpe D'Heuz route profile

Acte I Étape profile 2011

I’m getting myself into trouble is what, having signed up to participate in next years Étape du Tour between Modane Valfréjus and Alpe d’Huez.

It’s a fairly short ride, at 109km (or about 68 miles), but there’s some big climbs; the Col du Télégraph, 11.9km at an average of 7.1%, the Col du Galibier, 16.7km at 6.8%, and a final climb up Alpe d’Huez, gradient average of 7.9% for 13.8km around 21 hairpin bends towards the finish.

I’ve cycled significantly further than that, and in some hilly terrain, but nothing compared to this.

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