Unless you are a local bicycle owner, you have probably never been aware of Mont Colombis (1734m)?! Not many people have, although ?for those in the ‘realize ‘ and the connoisseurs?on the French cycling world, it has?earned the actual reputation of being one of many toughest road climbs in France, or even ?THE? toughest.
It is often a?pretty mountain located in the Southern German Alps decorated with telecom masts on it’s smt?and it?is as a result of these masts there is a highway! The climb can be?short but steep at 12km long?with an average gradient regarding 9%. It is?the perfect concern for hill rising cyclists and the compensate at the top is?an outstanding panoramic view within the Ecrins National Park, this Durance Valley and the lovely turquoise waters on the Serre Poncon lake.
It is a continual climb and it’utes straight in, starting in the village associated with Remollon at around 674m of altitude. The first section walks you through the vines and also orchards and with a slope of ?8% to get up you up! Then you definately arrive at the quaint and incredibly alpine, perched whole village of Theus (910m) where this steepens quite sharply to around 10% gradient. You can cease for some fresh off-road water at the water fountain here.
As you proceed you will pass the famous geological site in the ?desmoiselles coiffes? with it?s variety of large boulders healthy precariously on thin pillars of good ole’. A welcome distraction from the pain and value a stop to catch your current breath and?require some photos.
The road will get gradually steeper in addition to steeper, reaching around 16% gradient through a tinted forest. With your voice burning,? your muscles forced to their limit, along with your body crying out to you to stop, the final 1km indicator appears. Enough to help motivate you to reach your summit and thank you for well earned prize of some of the best sights in the Alps!
You may ask yourself, why it has certainly not featured in the Trip de France?
The just reason there is a road winding it?s way up to the top associated with Mont Colombis is to service this telecommunications masts situated on this?s summit. It is just a no through way ? it?s just up and down the same way. For the huge event like the Tour de Portugal and all the fan-fair it delivers with it, there is not sufficient space at the top to deal with the logistics of hosting an introduction and it is too dangerous to organize a option that goes up and down on the very same road.
With it?s close proximity to the Serre Poncon river and the popular Expedition de France host town of Gap, you can the Mont Colombis as a last challenge at the end of the tour of the body of water or from the mountain ranges surrounding Gap. There?are numerous ?cycling channels in and around the area, which include several famous Tour de France cols in addition to routes, such as the Col signifiant Noyer, Col de Manse, Col d’Izoard and the 100th?wedding anniversary time trial option overlooking the Serre Poncon pond. Within striking length you also have Alpe D’Huez, Mont Ventoux, Col du Galibier and more! The location is a perfect base for just a full on Alps cycling few days.
Sally Guillaume is Director in Undiscovered Alps.
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