2008 Big Climbs Map

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Big Climbs in 2008 (excludes repeats). Click Ride Icons for link to details. I have split climbs into a few geographic categories:

France:

Blue = French Alps ; Green = French Jura Mountains

Switzerland:

Red = Swiss Alps ; Pale Blue = Swiss Jura Mountains

Small Red flag = small cols (passes) that I have climbed or perhaps passed from an easier direction.

It may be necessary to use the “view larger map” option at bottom or to scroll right or down – to see all climbs.

For a map of all climbs over all years – see here.


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2008 Climbs

  1. 2802 metres – Cime de la Bonette
  2. 2770 metres – Col de l’Iseran
  3. 2645 metres – Col du Galibier (north side)
  4. 2645 metres – Col du Galibier (south side)
  5. 2478 metres – Nufenen Pass
  6. 2473 metres – Col du Grand St-Bernard (north side)
  7. 2473 metres – Col du Grand St-Bernard (south side)
  8. 2436 metres – Furka Pass
  9. 2413 metres – Col du Granon
  10. 2360 metres – Col d’Izoard
  11. 2340 metres – Val Thorens
  12. 2326 metres – Col de la Cayolle
  13. 2250 metres – Col d’Allos
  14. 2220 metres – Barrage d’Emosson and above
  15. 2204 metres – Col de Balme
  16. 2141 metres – La Grande Dixence
  17. 2109 metres – Col de Vars
  18. 2080 metres – Lac Besson + Col de Poutran
  19. 2070 metres – Klein Scheidegg
  20. 2058 metres – Col du Lautaret
  21. 2083 metres – Col du Mont Cenis
  22. 2067 metres – Col de la Croix de Fer
  23. 1997 metres – Col des Posettes
  24. 1992 metres – Col de la Madeleine
  25. 1989 metres – Col du Joly
  26. 1968 metres – Cormet de Roselend
  27. 1962 metres – Gross Scheidegg
  28. 1924 metres – Col du Glandon (Croix de Fer side)
  29. 1910 metres – Mont Ventoux
  30. 1850 metres – Alpe d’Huez (2x)
  31. 1830 metres – Sainte Anne la Condamine
  32. 1844 metres – Col de Pierre Carrée
  33. 1778 metres – Col de Bassachaux
  34. 1776 metres – Col de la Croix
  35. 1762 metres – Col de l’Echelle
  36. 1760 metres – Col de la Joux Verte
  37. 1728 metres – Val Pelouse

  38. 1691 metres – Col de Joux Plane (south side 2x)
  39. 1691 metres – Col de Joux Plane (north side)
  40. 1670 metres – Murren
  41. 1655 metres – Le Semnoz
  42. 1650 metres – Col des Saisies (via D218b)
  43. 1650 metres – Col des Saisies (via Crest-Voland)
  44. 1650 metres – Above Thurbach
  45. 1638 metres – Col du Mollard
  46. 1630 metres – Pra-Loup
  47. 1626 metres – Plateau des Saix
  48. 1618 metres – Col de la Colombière – north side (3x)
  49. 1618 metres – Col de la Colombière – via Romme
  50. 1615 metres – Mont Tendre
  51. 1610 metres – Mittelberg
  52. 1605 metres – Col du Méraillet
  53. 1581 metres – Col de l’Arpettaz
  54. 1566 metres – Col du Télégraphe
  55. 1546 metres – Col du Pillon (2x)
  56. 1525 metres – Verbier
  57. 1510 metres – Plateau Solaison
  58. 1504 metres – Mont du Chat
  59. 1501 metres – Col du Grand Colombier
  60. 1498 metres – Col des Aravis (2x)
  61. 1485 metres – Col de Crozet
  62. 1470 metres – Rizel
  63. 1461 metres – Col des Montets
  64. 1459 metres – Col de Villard
  65. 1449 metres – Col du Marchairuz
  66. 1447 metres – Col de la Croix Fry (west side)
  67. 1447 metres – Col de la Croix Fry (east side)
  68. 1445 metres – Col des Mosses
  69. 1440 metres – Col des Glières (west side)
  70. 1428 metres – Chalet d’Ajon
  71. 1420 metres – Col d’Aulp
  72. 1390 metres – Col de Combe Blanche
  73. 1385 metres – Lauenensee
  74. 1380 metres – Col du Sac (2x)
  75. 1379 metres – Col de la Frasse
  76. 1377 metres – Col du Plane
  77. 1371 metres – Col d’Ornon
  78. 1340 metres – Col des Pitons (8x)
  79. 1340 metres – Le Mole
  80. 1325 metres – Col de la Biche
  81. 1323 metres – Col de la faucille
  82. 1305 metres – Chatel
  83. 1301 metres – Col de Pontis
  84. 1300 metres – Col de la Croisette and above – from Collonges (8x)
  85. 1300 metres – Col de la Croisette and above – from South side
  86. 1300 metres – Col de la Croisette and above – from St Blaise side (7x)
  87. 1299 metres – Col de Plan Bois
  88. 1295 metres – Col de Romme
  89. 1288 metres – Col du Creux
  90. 1250 metres – Col de l’Avernaz
  91. 1241 metres – Col de Tréchauffe
  92. 1230 metres – Col du Corbier (2x)
  93. 1213 metres – Col de l’Homme Mort
  94. 1180 metres – Col du Mollendruz
  95. 1178 metres – Col de Cuvéry
  96. 1164 metres – Col des Arces (3x)
  97. 1160 metres – Belvedere des Avalanches
  98. 1157 metres – Col de la Forclaz de Montmin – North
  99. 1157 metres – Col de la Forclaz de Montmin – South
  100. 1143 metres – Les Plans d’Hotonnes
  101. 1142 metres – Col des Prés
  102. 1134 metres – Col du Granier
  103. 1117 metres – Col du Feu
  104. 1116 metres – Col du Cou (2x)
  105. 1115 metres – Col des Moises(2x)
  106. 1081 metres – Col de Terramont (3x)
  107. 1060 metres – Col de Richmond
  108. 1056 metres – Col de Belleroche
  109. 1054 metres – Col des Contrebandiers
  110. 1035 metres – Col du Grand Taillet
  111. 1012 metres – Col de l’Epine (Annecy)
  112. 979 metres – Col du Clergeon
  113. 979 metres – Col de Colliard
  114. 977 metres – Mont Saxonnex
  115. 963 metres – Col du Perret
  116. 956 metres – Col de St Jean de Sixt
  117. 945 metres – Col de Ludran
  118. 920 metres – Col des Fleuries
  119. 917 metres – Col du Pré Vernet
  120. 897 metres – Col du Sapenay
  121. 860 metres – Golet dy Pey
  122. 860 metres – Le Tiocan

Other Cols passed along the Way

  1. 2656 metres – Col de Restefond
  2. 2220 metres – Col de la Platrière
  3. 1841 metres – Col des Tempetes
  4. 1656 metres – Col du Ranfolly
  5. 1500 metres – Col de Merdassier
  6. 1393 metres – Col du Collet
  7. 1270 metres – Col des Convers (8x)
  8. 1068 metres – Col de Macuèugne
  9. 1027 metres – Col de Jambaz
  10. 956 metres – Col de St Jean de Sixt
  11. 900 metres – Col de Leschaux (2x)
  12. 843 metres – Col du Marais
  13. 800 metres – Col de la Croix Biche (8x)
  14. 786 metres – Col du Mont Sion (8x)
  15. 740 metres – Col de Chatillon
  16. 630 metres – Col de Bluffy
  17. 448 metres – Col de la Madeleine
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3 Comments

  1. Hi Will,

    I’m a really big fan of what you’re doing and one day would love to do something similar myself.
    I was wondering, in your opininon, what the tougest climb in france is? I often hear people talk of the italian Mont Zoncolan (10.5kms @ 11.5%) and wondered if you’ve ever encountered something similar or tougher in france?

    Thanks in advance
    Seth

  2. Hi Seth,

    Thanks for your message.

    Hardest climb? My understanding is the Italian Dolomites can be super hard – harder than the French Alps. For France, Le Cycle magazine in 2005 suggested it could be Mont Chat in the Jura mountains.

    I think there may be harder and certainly there are some three times as long (where altitude becomes a real factor) …. but Mont Chat is a personal favorite for several reasons. First, it is virtually car-free. Second the scenery and views of Lac du Bourget (biggest lake in France) are stunning, and finally: yes it’s hard!

    Here is a blog post of me climbing it (very slowly) – with an elevation chart. It’s around 10% for a VERY long time. :)

    Regards,

    Will

    http://www.cycling-challenge.com/mont-du-chat/

    Locals would argue the nearby Col du Grand Colombier is harder than Mont Chat and I probably agree.

    PS – the Saleve behind my house in the upcoming Dauphinée Liberé race has 4 kms averaging 12% with much steeper parts. And my blog post yesterday has a photo with a 27% (!!!) grade sign – but luckily very short.

  3. Hi Will

    Thanks for such a quick reply!

    I’ve taken a look at Mont Chat and Col du Grand Colombier via your blogs and I agree, they look super hard – to be honest i’d never heard of either before reading you web pages, I think this is in part due to them rarely being used in the Tour de France and am now keen to give them a go myself!

    Thanks again and best of luck with your 2008 challenge – I’ll be following your progress with great interest!

    Seth

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