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Val Thorens-northwest

CyclingUp: Val Thorens-northwest

Region: French Alps
Climbing effort: 1292 cep
Elevation meters: 1960
Steepest kilometer: 8.2%

Steepest 250 m: 10%
Foot: 490 m    Top: 2318 m
Mean slope: 5.0%
Length: 36.8 km

From: Moûtiers
Road conditions (2022): average
Other race bikers: 5-10 per hour
Motor vehicles: 60-180 per hour
Scenery and road: circle landscape (2/5)
Restaurant or bar near top: yes

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Val Thorens-northwest

Profile Val Thorens-northwest

In its second half this climb to Val Thorens runs through Les Trois Vallées, the largest ski area in the world with 600 kilometers of pistes. There are no less than 156 ski lifts (in 2022). If you cycle here in summer, you can see some of these lifts, plus the accommodations for guests in among others Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, Les Menuires and, at the end of the road, Val Thorens. Therefore, the surroundings are not really nice, the street is wide and busy, though fortunately a little quieter after les Menuires. For the first part of the ride, ending at 1193 meters of altitude, the cyclist can choose between two more or less parallel running options. The climb of this page, the westerly option via St-Jean-de-Belleville, seems to me to have only disadvantages relative to the alternative option via St-Laurens de la Côte, which runs further to the east. The road is wider, the traffic denser and the pavement worse (in 2022). In addition, the route via St-Laurens offers more shade in the morning. Both variants are almost equally hard (1292 versus 1312 climb effort points or cep, respectively, for the western and the eastern option. The whole climb is long (nearly 37 kilometers) and bridges many meters of altitude (1828) Of these, 132 have to be climbed twice because there are several downhill sections along the way. It doesn't get really steep anywhere. The steepest kilometer (9.5%) lies just before the confluence of the two variants.

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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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