L'Alpe d'Huez is a mountain in the in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of the Central French Western Alps The switchback heavy climb has featured as a regular ascent in the Tour de France since it’s first inclusion in 1952 and has been a stage finish since 1976. Veteran reporter, Jacques Augendre, said: “No other stage has had such drama. With its 21 bends, its gradient and the number of spectators, it is a climb in the style of Hollywood.” TCR does things a little differently so riders shouldn’t expect a traditional TDF climb. There are multiple routes in the area offering considerably less smooth rides than the tarmac. L'Alpe d'Huez is also famous for the Mountain Bike Downhill Enduro Megavalanche that takes riders from the lift station at the highest peak, Pic Blanc, to Allemont in the valley floor.
The Rhône-Alpes is famous for soft fruits and wine production, the Coteaux du Beaujolais and the Côtes du Rhône allow the region to be the fourth largest producer of wine in France.
The race route will draw riders North-west across the wide expansive planes of central France towards Bretagne and the finish of the Transcontinental Race No.7
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