|Col du Mont Cenis/Colle del Moncenisio|
|Height||Climbing height - length|
|1405m - 50.2 km (St. Michel de-Maurienne); 624m - 9.2 km (Lanslevillard)
1669m - 30.3 km (Susa); 1783m - 37.8 km (Susa-Moncenisio)
|West 2 (5); East 4 (5)||4-5 (5)|
|How to get there||
West of the pass in France the climb starts already down at St. Michel de-Maurienne (712m) if coming up the Modane valley via Lanslebourg (1399m) or in Lanslevillard (1458m) if coming down from the Col de l’Iseran (2764m). It is a rather easy climb up many hairpins through woods. After the pass height there is a large area around the big lake/dam that is almost level.
It is a little up and down (adding ca. 110m to the climb from Italy) before the road goes down a myriad of bends on a perfect road to Susa (500m) in Italy (the most pleasant road to descend in the Alps with a road bike in my opinion). The climb from Susa is quite hard, but at least somewhat evenly steep all the time. You could climb up via the village of Moncenisio on a somewhat steep and narrow alternative road that eventually joins the main road before reaching the border to France.
|Other comments||The site around the lake at the top could be rather busy on weekends with locals and tourists. It is very nice up around the lake and there are many rough-stuff routes to explore for those with a mountain bike. The highest point of the road is 2094m. Lanslevillard has good accomodation and restaurants. Susa is usually a very hot and busy little town in the Summer. Col du Petit Mont Cenis (2183m) 7.9 km south-west from the pass is reachable with a road bike and was asphalted all the way to the pass in 2004.
[FR-73-2081, BIG 288]