Five ‘must ride’ Climbs of the Alps
French Alps have always been a dream for cycling enthusiasts. These Alps comprise of eye-catchy, exciting, and beautiful climbs that enthrall everyone to ride. So, if you’re planning to go on French cycling tour, following are highly popular and ‘must ride’ climbs in the Alps that you must not forget:
Alpe d’Huez is a famous climb and has been featured in the Tour de France 28 times. This may not be the highest or longest climb as mountain located in the Rhone-Alpes but its 21 hairpins. During summer, it can be a real furnace with little shelter, although, it does boast a photographer on its slopes across a year. From Le Bourg d’Oisans to the ski station, it is 13.2 in length with an average gradient of 8.1 percent.
Col du Galibier
The length of Col du Galibier is 18.1km, and can be climbed from both sides. It is 2,645m above sea level and ranked as hors categorie (beyond category) by the Tour de France. From Valloire, you need to climb 18.1km and the final kilometer is the roughest, pitching up over 10 percent in gradient.
Col du Telegraphe
Col du Telegraphe is located in the heart of the Alps. It may be considered as a little brother to the surrounding peaks, but it is the gateway to the Galibier. From Sainte-Michel-de-Maurienne, it is 11.8 km in length with an average gradient of 7.8 percent. One good thing about it is it has consistency across its entire length.
One beautiful thing about Col d’Izoard is that every ascent is different here with its own character and charm. From Guillestre in the south, it is 22.9km in length, although, the climb really starts near Chateau Queyras, which makes it 15.9km long.
Col de la Madeleine
It is situated in the Savoie department of the Alps, it connects the Maurienne and Tarentaise valleys. Col de la Madeleine is indeed a beautiful climb that would refresh you. With the breathtaking views of Le Massif de la Lauziere and Mont Blanc, you will enjoy your ride on this climb of the Alps.