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Le Tovet-northwest

CyclingUp: Le Tovet-northwest

Region: French Alps
Climbing effort: 808 cep
Elevation meters: 1112
Steepest kilometer: 9.1%

Steepest 250 m: 10%
Foot: 460 m    Top: 1560 m
Mean slope: 6.7%
Length: 16.5 km

From: Aigueblanche
Road conditions (2022): average
Other race bikers: 0-1 per hour
Motor vehicles: 30-60 per hour
Scenery and road: circle landscape (3/5)
Restaurant or bar near top: no

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Le Tovet-northwest

Profile Le Tovet-northwest

Le Tovet is one of the starting points of the Nâves cross-country skiing area (Domaine nordique de Nâves). From Aigueblanche there are two more or less parallel climbs, lying close together, to Le Tovet. In my opinion, these are the most beautiful climbs in the Moûtiers-Les Trois Vallées region. During the ride there are nice views of the surrounding mountains and ski lifts are missing. The villages are hardly touristy, the roads are quiet. The two climbs merge at a fork in the road at the altitude of 1397 meters, to overcome the remaining more than 150 meters in altitude via the same small road.

The north-west variant described here runs via Grand Cœur and Grand Naves and has the advantage of more shade than the northern variant. After the first two easy kilometers (1-5%) from Aigueblanche the road winds upward on a steep mountain slope with numerous (18) hairpin bends. The first three kilometers of this hairpin section are the steepest of the entire ride (8-9%). After that and over the remaining 11.5 kilometers the gradient often measures 7%. At the finish there are picnic tables and a bench for those who have time to enjoy the view.


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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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