Day 2: Valloire – Alpe d’Huez

If the legs are a little tender from day 1, rolling out of bed and straight onto the Col du Galibier should get the blood flowing in advance of the climax of day 2 – an individual time trial up the 21 legendary hairpins of Alpe d’Huez.

From the top of Col du Galibier, a long 30km descent takes in the Col du Lauteret en route to Bourg d’Oisans. Just outside the town, the group will assemble in a car park at the foot of the Alpe from where the time trial will begin.

Starting in reverse order, i.e. the theoretical slowest rider first, riders will set off at intervals calculated with the goal of having all riders reach the finish at a similar time. This handicap-style race is intended to instill a degree of competition among the group by removing some of the advantage enjoyed by lighter riders, and also presents a sponsorship opportunity for friends and colleagues to place ‘bets’ on a rider, or group of riders of their choice against other riders or other groups. Ideas for ‘head to head’ individual or group challenges will be welcomed from participants.

Day 2 Route

Day 2 Profile and Statistics

Total distance: 78kmTotal Ascent: 2,850mTotal Descent: 2,430m
Time @ 17km/h: 4hr 35 minsTime @23km/h: 3hr 23 mins
Col du Galibier, Alpe d’Huez

Route Cumulative Statistics

Total distance: 175kmTotal Ascent: 6,180mTotal Descent: 4,790m
Cols Conquered: 5

Day 2 Alternative Route

There is no alternative route planned for day 2 so if an easier option is sought, transport can be provided to the top of Col du Galibier or to the top of Alpe d’Huez.

Alternative Route Cumulative Statistics

Total distance: 168kmTotal Ascent: 5,860mTotal Descent: 4,480m
Cols Conquered: 4