Col du Pillon and Col de la CroixBy Will • Apr 20th, 2013 • Category: Climbs, Cycling
A couple of truly beautiful Cols in the Swiss “Vaudoise” Alps.
Usually the road up to Col de la Croix is closed until late May but it had been ploughed in preparation for next weeks Tour de Romandie stage race. The Romandie “queen” stage will climb both sides on April 27th.
So warm weather, snow walls, and big mountains made for some dream cycling.
Diablerets will be a beautiful place for a stage finish:
As the map below shows, I started in beautiful Aigle, climbed to Diablerets ski station, then up to Col du Pillon, back to Diablerets, then up to Col de la Croix, then down to Aigle.
But for completeness, I have provided 4 profiles below (all great climbs):
- Aigle to Col du Pillon
- Aigle to Diablerets, then north side of Col de la Croix
- from Ollon up south side of Col de la Croix
- from Bex up south side of Col de la Croix
The other side of Col du Pillon is the second of three climbs in the Gruyère Cycling Tour – details here.
It truly is a breath-taking place to bike:
As part of one of the nine Swiss National Cycling routes it had signs warning of big climbs ahead (bad math):
Climbing the south side of Col de la Croix I followed a snow plough doing some finishing touches:
Romandie will climb both the north side of of Col de la Croix (from Diablerets) and the south side (from Bex). If you get the chance, it will be a fun place to watch a pro peloton pass twice. I *might* be there.
For some great Mountain Biking that includes Col de la Croix see here.