We begin our demanding tour to the Col du Lautaret (comprising 26 miles and 7546 ft in altitude) at 6749 ft above sea level in Le Bourg-d’Oisans at 2395 ft above sea level. Afterwards we ride onto the Col du Galibier at 7860 ft above sea level.
We ride the first three miles on an even stretch of road to Le Clapiers at 2411 ft above sea level. From here on, the 22 mile long ascent proper, up to the Col du Lautaret through the wild and romantic Romanche valley, begins. Initially, a few steep slopes have to be overcome.
After crossing the dam Lac du Chambon at 3412 ft above sea level, the road leads through the Romanche valley, having a fairly reasonable and constant ascent of slightly more than 3% until the village La Grave (4921 ft).
From La Grave onwards, the ascent rises constantly to 7 % and only decreases in the last few miles before the pass, at 4.5% on average.
From the pass summit of the Col du Lautaret - at 6749 ft above sea level - the approximately 6 mile long road to the Col du Galibier veers off to the right.
Again, 1929 ft in altitude, with demanding ascents of up to 12%, have to be overcome before we reach our target - the pass summit, at 8678 ft above sea level.
Distance: approx. 26 miles
Length: 100 Minutes
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