41. Ride l'Alpe d'Huez

On our 2010 Life List: ride l'Alpe d'Huez.

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It's the most famous climb in the world, the site of the Tour de France's first-ever mountaintop ending, and a stage finish almost every year since 1976. It's 8.7 miles long, with 21 hairpins, each named after a stage winner; an absolutely punishing average grade of 7.9 percent; and a total elevation gain of 3,641 feet.
Translation: It will crush you. But it doesn't necessarily have to cost you that much. Cycling Classics' self-guided five-day Oisans Valley Cycling tour, which also has a few other famous climbs (Galibier and Les Deux Alpes) on the itinerary, is just $785 (cyclingclassics.com).

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