Stage 2 - Bourg d'Oisans - Alpe d'Huez

Compact - 50km | 2100M+ · July 13

The second stage for the Compact course of the 2019 Haute Route Alpe d’Huez is a 50km route featuring the Col de Sarenne and 2100m of total climbing. Starting in the town of Bourg-D’oisans at the foot of Alpe d’Huez, the route climbs up the first few of the famous 21 bends before branching off in La Garde. A short respite ensues before the road turns back uphill and contours the mountain with beautiful views across the valley below. Crossing over the Romanche River, the Compact route turns toward the Chambon Dam to reach the Col de Sarenne.

Rising to 1999m, the climb to Col de Sarenne from the Chambon Dam is 12.8km long at an average gradient of 7.5%. Within these 12.8km are 3km of flat or descent, meaning the rest of the climb is significantly steeper than the average 7.5%. With an average gradient in excess of 11% for the first kilometer to Mizoen, and several ramps above 13%, you’ll be wise to pace yourself and take it easy in the first section of the climb. The final 7km snake along the face of the mountain on a narrow mountain-road with breathtaking views, which hopefully will make up for the tiredness that begins to be felt in your legs.

Once you crest the Col de Sarenne a small descent ensues during which you can catch a tantalizing glimpse of the finish line before winding downhill and joining the 21 bend climb to Alpe d’Huez just 4 bends from the summit for the final climb of the day and summit finish in the town of Alpe d’Huez.

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