Col de la Traversette (above Petit St. Bernard)

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This ride has Italian and French cols, but I have labeled it as “French Alps” as my main target – Col de la Traversette – is in France.

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As with my previous ride, I first cycled from La Thuile, Italy to Col du Petit St. Bernard (2188m) on the main road. I then descended down into France to La Rosière ski station. From here I started climbing through the ski slopes eventually reaching the old ruined fort at Col de la Traversette – 2383 metres: Le Fort de la Redoute Ruinée.

Nearing Petit St. Bernard

Nearing Petit St. Bernard

Nice sign

Nice sign

From La Rosière the road up to the fort is paved until 2000 metres. Above the Golf course it becomes a very fun, wide gravel road:

On way to Col de la Traversette

On way to Col de la Traversette

Getting higher

Getting higher

Before reaching the fort I first passed Col des Embrasures at 2303 metres.

Col des Embrasures - 2303 metres

Soon after the road arrives at the old fort at 2395 metres – just above Col de la Traversette.

Approaching Le Fort de la Redoute Ruinée

Approaching Le Fort de la Redoute Ruinée

Great views of the main road to Petit St. Bernard:

Road to Petit St Bernard far below

Road to Petit St Bernard far below

From Col de la Traversette, it is initially a very steep descent. I walked. View looking back up. The Fort is just behind the ski hut up high:

Steep descent

Steep descent

But after perhaps half a kilometre the road becomes ride-able. I could see a fun road up to Colle Belvedere (2589 metres) – I had climbed it the previous day from the other side – and decided to keep things simple and just rejoin the main road, recross Col du Pt. St.Bernard and call it a day.

This was a lot of fun. The unpaved climb to Col de la Traversette is very ride-able, with stunning views, and some history at the summit. Perfect.

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High altitude Golf course

High altitude Golf course

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  1. So can you link the Col de la Traversette and Colle Belvedere and then come back down to the main Petit Saint Bernard Road?

    I’m coming to Bourg in sep and really want to go exploring up there?

    Thanks

    Liam

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