Alpe d’Huez heather blue
One of the most famous climbs in cycling, Alpe d’Huez is best known for its 21 hairpin bends that riders have to negotiate whilst ascending – with each bend having a number and the name of a former Tour de France stage winner. It’s a 14km climb covering an ascent of 1120 metres and topping out at a windy 1860 metres.
With its dramatic scenery and mountain-top finish the climb has long been a Tour de France favourite. With up to 500,000 spectators filling the mountain on raceday it can often be boisterous and borderline chaotic – but the fans love it.
Alpe d’Huez’s fame has also made it popular with amateur cyclists, with up to 1,000 cyclists a day attempting the climb in the summer season.
Our design uses half of an A (for Alp) to show the mountain and its hairpin turns, becoming more wild and broken up as the climb reaches its 1860m summit.