Alpe h’Duez. Is this the world’s toughest climb – 13.8 km with an average grade of 8.1% (maximum 13%), an elevation gain of 1071 meters and 21 hairpin turns? It is beyond categorization. An HC climb. Hors catégorie.
I marvel every time I watch the Tour de France riders struggle up this climb and, every time I see selfies at the summit taken by enthusiastic, recreational cyclists that completed it. I have 2 local mountains about the same length with an average 6% grade. I have climbed them both and they are challenge enough.
Do I need to add this to my Cycling Bucket List?