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Vallée de Mélezet

CyclingUp: Vallée de Mélezet

Region: French Alps
Climbing effort: 761 cep
Elevation meters: 914
Steepest kilometer: 11.3%

Steepest 250 m: 13%
Foot: 1057 m    Top: 1967 m
Mean slope: 6.6%
Length: 13.8 km

From: Maison du Roi
Road conditions (2020): average
Other race bikers: 0-1 per hour
Motor vehicles: 10-30 per hour
Scenery and road: circle landscape (4/5)
Restaurant or bar near top: no

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Vallée de Mélezet

Profile Vallée de Mélezet

While from the starting point Guillestre hordes of cyclists bike to the Col d'Izoard and the Col Agnel, I didn't see any cyclist in the Vallée de Mélezet. This means that all those cyclists are missing out on some challenging sections and, mainly after the village of Ceillac, a beautiful valley, high mountains, a stream, a narrow road and tranquillity. The ascent begins on the road that forms the axis of the Queyras (D902), at the junction to Ceillac. The road climbs steeply for the first six kilometers (mostly 8-9%) through a valley with many vertical rock faces. Here the road is still wide and quite busy. Woods dominate next to the road. On the next four kilometers the slope is gentle (mostly 2%). In this section the landscape is more open and one cycles past Ceillac. After the bifurcation near the campsite, where one should keep to the left, the road runs steeply uphill again. Soon there is the steepest kilometer (11.3%) of the whole ride. After that, a little more than two kilometers with a strongly varying slope (4-10%) remain in a superb landscape. The end of the climb is a parking lot (Parking de Chaurionde).

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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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