CyclingUp: Col de Granon

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Region: French Alps
Climbing effort: 1047 points
Elevation meters: 1154
Steepest kilometer: 11.4%

Steepest 250 m: 13%
Foot: 1260 m    Top: 2405 m
Mean slope: 7.7%
Length: 15.0 km

From: Briançon
Road conditions (2016): moderate
Other race bikers: 1-5 per hour
Motor vehicles: 30-60 per hour
Scenerie and road: (2/5)
Restaurant or bar near top: yes



Due to the narrow street with little traffic the ascent to the Col de Granon is very suitable for cyclists. In addition, the road is wonderfully steep with a total of five-and-a-half kilometers in the double-digit range (10 or 11%). Just compare this with the classic ascent to Alpe d'Huez, which includes only two kilometers with a slope of 10 or 11%. It is a pity that the landscape on the way to the Col de Granon is somewhat mediocre. Though the road surface contains only few holes, it is, after Les Tronchets (after 10 kilometers cycling), wavy and therefore the descent is unpleasant. The trip to the Col de Granon begins at the junction of the N94 and the D1091 in Briançon. First we follow the busy D1091 towards Grenoble. After 3 km we turn right towards Saint-Chaffrey. After this village, we turn right again at a sign "Col de Granon" and the real climbing begins. On the remaining 11 kilometers there are still 1040 elevation meters. On average, this is a considerable 9.5%. The last few hundred meters are the easiest (7%). The road on the other side of the pass is not paved and forbidden because it crosses military area.

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