Hors Catégorie

Hors Catégorie (HC) is a French term used in stage bicycle races to designate a climb that is “beyond categorization”. The term was originally used for those mountain roads where cars were not expected to be able to pass.

Categories are defined by their steepness and length, the HC climb is the most difficult type of climb in the race.
To highlight this years’ Tour we created a set of four limited edition prints following the most extreme climb from each of the Hors Catégorie stages endured by the riders taking part. #TdF

Stage 9 | Nantua – Chambéry
Blue sky and flowers – Mont du Chat, sounds idyllic but is the steepest #HorsCatégorie of #TDF2017 at 10.3%

Stage 12 | Pau – Peyragudes
Forests & Pastures – Stage 12 of #LeTour with the Port de Balès, the fourth #HorsCatégorie of #TDF2017

Stage 17 | La Mure – Serre-Chevalier
Col du Galibier, one of the most notorious ascents of #leTour, 6.9% for 17.7km: bare rock and bad weather

Stage 18 | Briançon – Izoard
Col d’Izoard, a summit finish of #LeTour for the first time. The Casse Déserte is like a scene from the Wild West

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