CyclingUP in the French Alps







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Thanks to the Tour de France any true cycling fan knows the Mont Ventoux and Alpe d'Huez. This website provides information on these two climbs, as well as on 42 further ascents in the French Alps. Assets of this part of the Alps are the numerous climbing opportunities, the relatively favorable climate and the mostly good road conditions. In the ranking of the page, the number one position of the Ventoux strikes, despite its location at the edge of the Alps. For many it may come as a surprise that the ascent to Alpe d'Huez ("south" is the classic one) only takes rank eleven. It will certainly not hold its top-10 position when in future more climbs are added.

RANKING of the climbs

         




Click on symbols for details of each climb



Rank Name of climb Difficulty
(cep)
Height
(m)
foot-top
(m)
Steepest
km (%)
Mean slope
(%)
Length
(km)
1 Mont Ventoux-south 1333 1602 309-1911 11.0 7.5 21.5
2 Croix de Fer (Glandon)-west 1225 1565 711-2067 12.3 4.9 32.1
3 Col du Galibier-southwest 1196 1967 743-2642 9.6 4.6 42.7
4 Col de la Bonette-north 1195 1587 1224-2802 10.3 6.8 23.5
5 Col de Sarenne-south 1111 1354 743-1999 12.6 6.1 22.1
6 Signal de Bisanne-south 1107 1236 705-1941 11.3 8.6 14.4
7 Col de Granon 1047 1154 1260-2405 11.4 7.7 15.0
8 Col Agnel-west 1035 1381 1379-2744 9.4 6.6 20.8
9 Mont Colombis 986 1031 683-1714 12.8 8.7 11.9
10 Col du Galibier-north 971 1241 1401-2642 10.4 6.9 17.9
11 Alpe d'Huez-south 959 1116 730-1840 10.8 8.1 13.8
12 Col du Joly 920 1284 740-1989 9.4 5.9 21.6
13 Alpe d'Huez-west 916 1245 711-1840 9.5 5.6 22.4
14 Col de la Cayolle-south 912 1290 1036-2326 8.7 6.4 20.3
15 Cormet de Roselend-west 892 1255 740-1968 8.5 6.2 20.2
16 Col de Vars-north 885 1254 896-2109 9.9 5.5 22.6
17 Col du Pré-west 876 1013 740-1748 10.2 7.8 12.9
18 Col d'Izoard-south 861 1038 1353-2360 11.1 7.3 14.1
19 Courchevel-altiport 845 1171 848-2008 9.7 6.7 17.4
20 Col d'Izoard-north 825 1173 1212-2360 9.0 6.1 19.2
21 Col du Galibier-southeast 783 1412 1260-2642 9.6 4.1 34.6
22 Col d'Allos-north 760 1109 1138-2247 8.1 6.5 16.9
23 La Bérarde 727 1054 743-1711 12.0 3.8 27.4
24 Les Deux-Alpes 719 909 743-1652 10.6 7.3 12.4
25 Col de la Morte-north 718 998 364-1360 8.6 6.6 15.2
26 Col des Saisies-south 672 976 700-1650 8.2 6.5 15.1
27 Col des Champs-west 649 828 1265-2087 8.9 7.2 11.5
28 Col de la Cayolle-north 642 1200 1138-2326 7.6 4.4 27.3
29 Col du Grande Cucheron-east 641 920 360-1188 9.4 5.7 16.3
30 Col de Vars-south 628 811 1305-2109 11.4 5.5 14.7
31 Pré de Madame Carle 611 929 979-1874 10.5 4.1 22.7
32 Col de Marocaz-south 573 686 272-958 10.5 7.8 8.8
33 Pralognan-Les Prioux 559 877 880-1755 8.8 5.2 16.9
34 Col des Saisies-north 524 789 906-1650 8.3 5.4 14.6
35 Col du Frêne-south 477 668 282-950 8.3 6.7 9.9
36 Entre les Aigues 444 675 979-1615 10.9 3.9 17.5
37 Col d'Ornon-north 428 642 730-1367 8.2 5.7 11.2
38 Col de Montgenèvre-west 362 598 1260-1850 7.6 4.8 12.5
39 Col des Fillys-north 346 433 939-1322 9.0 6.6 6.6
40 Pra Loup 320 488 1138-1624 8.0 6.2 7.9
41 Col d'Ornon-south 304 574 806-1367 7.9 4.0 14.5
42 Chalets de Laval 286 445 1590-2020 8.7 4.7 9.5


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