homeCol de l’Alpe
Col de l’Alpe Height Climbing height - length
1652m 935m - 17.1 km (Le Bourg d’Oisans via Bons)
935m - 21.8 km (Le Bourg d’Oisans via Bge du Chambon)
612m - 8.8 km (Bge du Chambon/MizoŽn)
Difficulty Beauty
3 (5) 3-4 (5)
How to get there From Le Bourg d’Oisans (717m) via Bons is the best way to climb this pass (and ski resort (Le Deux Alpes)). This road is lovely and narrow clinging the rock wall before reaching Bons. If coming down from Col de Galibier (2642m) and Col de Lautaret (2058m) or from Col de Sarenne (1999m), you better start the climb at the Bge du Chambon (1040m).
Other comments The ski resort is rather boring, but you can climb up toward Col de Jandri (3151m) on a road that turns to gravel above the hotels, but is possible to handle with a road bike to Col des Gourses (2550m) apart from one steep 300m ramp. You could get up to right before the last long ramp up to Col de Jandri, but then the road will likely prove too bad and steep. There are lovely views up here, but the ski lifts everwhere and downhill bicyclists and cars filling the air with dust put a damper on the fun. (I took the lift down.)
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