Region: French Alps
Climbing effort: 315 cep
Elevation meters: 530
Steepest kilometer: 7.7%
Steepest 250 m: 10%
Foot: 959 m Top: 1486 m
Mean slope: 5.1%
Length: 10.2 km
Road conditions (2019): average
Other race bikers: 10-25 per hour
Motor vehicles: >180 per hour
Scenerie and road: (2/5)
Restaurant or bar near top: yes
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The Col des Aravis is one of the cols of the
Route des Grandes Alpes.
This is undoubtedly a reason for the popularity of this pass.
When I biked up here on a Sunday in June,
there were a large number of cars, motorcycles and cyclists.
Part of the latter category may decide
for the ascent from St-Jean-de-Sixt
because of the low level of difficulty.
Most 500 meter intervals have a gradient of 6 or 7%
whereas the first three kilometers to La Clusaz (2-4%)
and the last kilometer before the pass (4-5%) are even easier.
The only 500 meter interval that is steeper than 7%
is situated three kilometers before the finish.
The climb can be extended with the ride from Thônes to St-Jean-de-Sixt. That adds another 164 climb effort points (cep) and 332 elevation meters. Unfortunately, this extension takes place on a road with a lot of fast driving traffic in an unimpressive landscape.