A beautiful April day – there may still be skiing at Alpe d’Huez – but the cycling wasn’t bad either.
Not fast, but my personal best climbing Alpe d’Huez. I beat my last Marmotte
ascension by more than 20 minutes – more a sign of how much I was bonking that day than any speed today.
The perfectly surfaced and very wide road was very quiet. A few cyclists – as usual at least half of them Dutch.
The early hairpins are the toughest:
After descending the Alpe, I went to see if the little road to Oulles was open. It was, and what a treat! This little known gem-of-a-climb starts just few couple of kilometres from Bourg d’Oisans.
Oulles is the commune with the lowest population (12!) in the Isère Department. 8 kilometres cut into the edge of a steep gorge up to a little perched village. It’s a well surfaced road, with hairpins galore. And quiet: I saw no cars on the ascent or the descent.
It’s quite steep, and I was slow and April-tired, but thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Finally, after descending Oulles, I turned up to (slowly) visit Col d’Ornon. It’s a nice easyish climb … good testing ground for cyclostourists a little imtimidated by Alpe d’Huez.
A great route — and if you take one thing from this post: Go and cycle Oulles!