The ascent of the northern side of the
Col d'Izoard is certainly suitable for race cyclists.
There is not much motorised traffic,
road conditions are generally excellent
and the scenery is nice, though not as spectacular
as on the other side of the pass. Unfortunately,
the Col d'Izoard seems to be popular among motorcyclists.
The climb starts at a round-about
just south of the centre of Briançon.
During the first 11.5 kilometers
the slope is variable but never exceeds 7%.
Climbing becomes more serious after the hamlet of le Laus.
From there to the pass
the road is moderately steep (mostly 7-9%).
A forest skirts the road until shortly before the col.