Here is a map and details of five ways up the fabulous Col de la Croix de Fer.
I have had the good fortune to cycle Col du Glandon twice this summer. To watch the Tour, and on bike-only day. Nice.
Painful fun. 174 kilometres, 5000 metres ascent (+16000 feet), over 3 of the most famous climbs in France.
Col du Glandon is one of my very favourite climbs – especially the last three crazy kilometres.
One of the best base locations for cycling big and famous Tour de France climbs.
As an anniversary gift, Doreen offered me car support on the hors categorie climb of my choice.
I had never done the east side of Col de la Croix de Fer, in part because the route includes 4 tunnels in the middle – and I hate tunnels.
Along with “L’Etape du Tour” – it is probably the most famous – and one of the the most challenging – Cyclosportive in France.
174 kilometres (108 miles) and 5,000 metres vertical ascent (16,400 feet)!
Today I cycled up the Col du Glandon and the Col de la Croix de Fer (23 km climb and about 5,000 feet vertical) to watch the second huge Alps stage in the Tour de France.
This was the 2006 Tour de France stage when Landis hit a wall – the day before his “miraculous” comeback.