Iconic Cols of France

Get a taste of some epic climbs riders have conquered over the years during the Tour de France and Tour des Femmes.

This ride collection features iconic Cols that will put your legs to the test, including segments of this year’s courses such as Alpe d’Huez and Hautacam.

The FulGaz 21-stage French Tour has already started but don’t let that stop you from experiencing segments of the world’s biggest bike race.

PORT DE BALèS

This is a very difficult climb with grades at or above 10% for significant portions of this beautiful isolated road. Both long and scenic, it has been used multiple times on the Tour de France.

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19.36km
DISTANCE
1:34:21
DURATION
1142m
ELEVATION

COL DE LA MADONE

Famous as a favourite testing climb for generations of top pros, this is a great climb up from the streets of Menton on the French - Italian border. It's such an iconic climb that Trek named their flagship road bike after it. With an average gradient of 6.7% It's not incredibly steep or the longest climb in the area. However, it's still a tough challenge when ridden hard.

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14.56km
DISTANCE
1:01:13
DURATION
993m
ELEVATION

COL D'ORNON

Col d'Ornon (1,360 m (4,462 ft)) is a mountain pass through the Dauphiné Alps in the department of Isère in France which connects the communities of Le Bourg-d'Oisans and La Mure. The climb is used occasionally in the Tour de France cycle race, including on the "Queen stage" on 18 July 2013 which finishes with two ascents to Alpe d'Huez.

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15.89km
DISTANCE
00:57:09
DURATION
651m
ELEVATION

MONT VENTOUX FROM MALAUCèNE

Make sure you are fuelled-up before you set off from Malaucène, as you prepare for the 21km ascent. With an average gradient of 7.5%, don’t be fooled into going too hard too early, at around the halfway point, the road kicks up to 11% for three kilometres. There is nowhere to hide on this straight section of road but grind through and look forward to upcoming relief, with the road flattening out to 4% for the following few kilometres. In true Mont Ventoux style, the final kilometres ramp up again, sticking above 8% to test you on this famous climb that has pushed many Tour de France legends to their limit.

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20.57km
DISTANCE
1:19:56
DURATION
1567m
ELEVATION

TROIS EPIS

This is a great, steady ride in the Voges mountain in Alsace region, France. The ride goes from Turckheim to Trois-Epis. The Tour de France riders passed the category 2 mountain Trois-Epis on stage 5 in 2019.

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8.07km
DISTANCE
00:35:32
DURATION
447m
ELEVATION

HAUTACAM

A perfect evening ride up to the Hautacam ski station. This is a long and sometimes steep climb passing rural farm yards with great views of the valley and Argelès Gazost below. The ride continues past Hautacam and ends a few meters from the final left turn on the road on the summit of Col de Tramassel.

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15.44km
DISTANCE
01:18:23
DURATION
1182m
ELEVATION

COL D'ISERAN

The King of the Alps. Climb nearly 1,000m to the highest paved pass in the Alps, last used on stage 9 in the 2007 Tour de France.

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13.53km
DISTANCE
1:22:19
DURATION
974m
ELEVATION

COL DU TOURMALET FROM SAINT SAUVEUR

This is a lovely and iconic climb. It's long and sometimes steep - save something for the last 8 kms. Filmed on quiet roads amidst the pandemic lockdowns in Europe.

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18.79km
DISTANCE
01:40:49
DURATION
1405m
ELEVATION

COL DU GALIBIER

This northern approach from Valloire is the climb most people have in mind when talking about Col du Galibier. It's the tougher, longer and more popular ascent, regularly featuring in Tour de France and climbed annually by the riders taking part in the La Marmotte Gran Fondo cycling sportive.

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17.98km
DISTANCE
01:42:58
DURATION
1218m
ELEVATION

LA CANNIBALETTE

The town of Sault is situated on a rocky spur of the 'plateau de Vaucluse' and overlooks the valley of the Nesque. It is the ideal base for trips and hikes to Mont Ventoux, the Gorges de la Nesque, the Valley of the Toulourenc, the plateau of Albion, the Lubéron and other nearby natural areas in the Provençal Drôme and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.

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99.04km
DISTANCE
3:43:05
DURATION
1859m
ELEVATION