Col d’Izoard

(Les Moulins)

France

A staple in the Tour de France – this climb provides drama with jaw dropping reveals.

Approaching from the south and climbing Col d’Izoard via Les Moulins, is a 14.2km climb that ascends 1056m to 2361m altitude. It can be described in two parts: the first part at 5% (max gradient), and the second part at 10% (max gradient) – both providing breathtaking views. It is never too steep or lacks distraction.

Note: if arriving further down from Guillestre, that part of the climb can be busy with traffic; but you’ll have the opportunity to pass the villages Chateau-Queyras (with notable medieval architecture) and Arvieux (with public water fountains for bottles).

In Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, this climb starts with an open valley.

The road leads to sections that bend along trees and waterways.

After Bruissard, the proper climbing begins with the first set of switchbacks. In the trees there is a great deal of altitude gained in shade.

Once out of the thick treeline, the climbing rewards with a jaw-dropping reveal – a mesmerising sight of the line that takes you to the top

Casse Desert

2km to go, another set of switchbacks.

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