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 1639 1602 309-1911 11.0 7.5 21.5
2 Croix de Fer (Glandon)-west 1506 1565 711-2067 12.3 4.9 32.1
3 Col du Galibier-southwest 1471 1967 743-2642 9.6 4.6 42.7
4 Col de la Bonette-north 1469 1587 1224-2802 10.3 6.8 23.5
5 Col de Sarenne-south 1366 1354 743-1999 12.6 6.1 22.1
6 Signal de Bisanne-south 1361 1236 705-1941 11.3 8.6 14.4
7 Col de Granon 1287 1154 1260-2405 11.4 7.7 15.0
8 Col Agnel-west 1273 1381 1379-2744 9.4 6.6 20.8
9 Mont Colombis 1212 1031 683-1714 12.8 8.7 11.9
10 Col du Galibier-north 1194 1241 1401-2642 10.4 6.9 17.9
11 Alpe d'Huez-south 1179 1116 730-1840 10.8 8.1 13.8
12 Col du Joly 1131 1284 740-1989 9.4 5.9 21.6
13 Alpe d'Huez-west 1126 1245 711-1840 9.5 5.6 22.4
14 Col de la Cayolle-south 1122 1290 1036-2326 8.7 6.4 20.3
15 Cormet de Roselend-west 1097 1255 740-1968 8.5 6.2 20.2
16 Col de Vars-north 1088 1254 896-2109 9.9 5.5 22.6
17 Col du Pré-west 1077 1013 740-1748 10.2 7.8 12.9
18 Col d'Izoard-south 1058 1038 1353-2360 11.1 7.3 14.1
19 Courchevel-altiport 1039 1171 848-2008 9.7 6.7 17.4
20 Col d'Izoard-north 1014 1173 1212-2360 9.0 6.1 19.2
21 Col du Galibier-southeast 962 1412 1260-2642 9.6 4.1 34.6
22 Col d'Allos-north 934 1109 1138-2247 8.1 6.5 16.9
23 La Bérarde 894 1054 743-1711 12.0 3.8 27.4
24 Les Deux-Alpes 884 909 743-1652 10.6 7.3 12.4
25 Col de la Morte-north 883 998 364-1360 8.6 6.6 15.2
26 Col des Saisies-south 827 976 700-1650 8.2 6.5 15.1
27 Col des Champs-west 798 828 1265-2087 8.9 7.2 11.5
28 Col de la Cayolle-north 790 1200 1138-2326 7.6 4.4 27.3
29 Col du Grande Cucheron-east 787 920 360-1188 9.4 5.7 16.3
30 Col de Vars-south 772 811 1305-2109 11.4 5.5 14.7
31 Pré de Madame Carle 751 929 979-1874 10.5 4.1 22.7
32 Col de Marocaz-south 704 686 272-958 10.5 7.8 8.8
33 Pralognan-Les Prioux 688 877 880-1755 8.8 5.2 16.9
34 Col des Saisies-north 644 789 906-1650 8.3 5.4 14.6
35 Col du Frêne-south 587 668 282-950 8.3 6.7 9.9
36 Entre les Aigues 546 675 979-1615 10.9 3.9 17.5
37 Col d'Ornon-north 527 642 730-1367 8.2 5.7 11.2
38 Col de Montgenèvre-west 445 598 1260-1850 7.6 4.8 12.5
39 Col des Fillys-north 426 433 939-1322 9.0 6.6 6.6
40 Pra Loup 394 488 1138-1624 8.0 6.2 7.9
41 Col d'Ornon-south 374 574 806-1367 7.9 4.0 14.5
42 Chalets de Laval 351 445 1590-2020 8.7 4.7 9.5


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