A Cyclists Dream: Col de la Colombiere

by Veronica Korcz

April 04, 2012 / Category: Fun Side of Fitness

Winding through the French Alps, The Col de la Colombière mountain pass is a cyclists dream. Beautiful scenery coupled with challenging climbs make for a great workout. The stretch of road has actually been used as a section of the Tour de France in the past, giving the best in the world a run for their money. 

What is it that makes the Col de la Colombière worthy of the world’s toughest cycling race? The climb has an average gradient percentage of 6.8, but in the final stretch of the 16.3 km climb, the gradient never goes below 8.5% and spots in the final km reach up to 14%. That final push at the end is known to challenge even the most experienced riders.

Climbing Profile thanks to ClimbByBike.com

If you won’t be making it to France anytime soon, but are drooling over the thought of it, you’re in luck. You can actually experience the climb, with all its ups and downs, with the new Lifescape virtual courses.


Veronica Korcz