Col du Grand Colombier-northeast

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Region: French Alps
Climbing effort: 1122 cep
Elevation meters: 1222
Steepest kilometer: 11.3%

Steepest 250 m: 14%
Foot: 287 m    Top: 1498 m
Mean slope: 7.9%
Length: 15.3 km

From: Anglefort
Road conditions (2020): good
Other race bikers: 1-5 per hour
Motor vehicles: 10-30 per hour
Scenerie and road: (3/5)
Restaurant or bar near top: yes

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Col du Grand Colombier-northeast

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The climb from Anglefort to the Col du Grand Colombier is hard. This is partly due to a considerable number of elevation meters (1222) but even more so due to the slope of the road. The hardest part begins after an approach of one kilometer and measures 8.5 kilometers in length. In this section, in which you continuously bike through the forest, the low-traffic street has an average gradient of 9.8%. There is little variation around this percentage. The steepest part of all comes at the end of this section (one kilometer of 11.3%). After that, still six kilometers remain to the pass. These are much easier with an average slope of 5.4%. Climbing is interrrupted by two short descents, together responsible for a loss of 11 meters in altitude. The final kilometer is a little steeper again (8-10%). On the clear day when I cycled up here the effort was amply rewarded at the top of the pass where a wonderful panorama over much of the French Alps (including Mont Blanc, Vanoise and Écrins, all three at a distance of approximately 100 kilometers) unfolded.


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Camping Les Erables . Tip! Ideal starting point for Col du Grand Colombier and Col de la Biche. Warm hospitality and swimming pool nearby.

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