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Hyland Family Bicycles

1515 Meridian Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125

408.269.2300 | Email Us

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Tues - Sat 9-6, Thurs 9-8, Sun 11-5
Closed Mondays

 
 
 
 
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Cycling Glossary - Word of the Day

Alpe d'Huez

A legendary Tour de France climb to the French ski station of the same name, Alpe d'Huez is renowned for its brutal steepness and 21 switchbacks, each bearing the name of a past Tour stage winner. The Alpe became the Tour’s first mountaintop finish when the then-unpaved climb was used in 1952. Fausto Coppi won the first stage to use the 8.6-mile, 7.9%-grade climb with a time of 45 minutes and 22 seconds. Now paved, debate remains as to who holds the record for the fastest ascent of the climber’s crown jewel. Marco Pantani is generally acknowledged to be the fastest at 37’35” with Lance Armstrong a close second at 37’36”.

 

Hyland Family Bicycles | 1515 Meridian Ave, San Jose, CA 95125-5300408-269-2300

OpenTue, Wed, Fri, Sat: 9:00am - 6:00pm, Thu: 9:00am - 8:00pm, Sun: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Mon: Closed