CyclingUp: Col d'Izoard-north

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Region: French Alps
Climbing effort: 825 points
Elevation meters: 1173
Steepest kilometer: 9.0%

Steepest 250 m: 11%
Foot: 1212 m    Top: 2360 m
Mean slope: 6.1%
Length: 19.2 km

From: Briancon
Road conditions (2013): excellent
Other race bikers: 10-25 per hour
Motor vehicles: 60-180 per hour
Scenerie and road: (3/5)
Restaurant or bar near top: no



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.

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