The other weekend Doreen and I went to Val d’Isère to cycle Col de l’Iseran the highest paved mountain pass in Europe – and definitely one of the most beautiful.
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We were in Val d’Isère for Sunday’s Col de l’Iseran “bike-only” day and I decided to spend Saturday exploring up high and off-the-beaten-track.
Thanks to Ashley for pointing out this truly spectacular high altitude (2385 metres), fully paved, climb in the Haute Maurienne Alps.
Last weekend this beautiful road was closed to motorized traffic on both sides. Nice!
Don’t worry, only one climb today. It does happen to be the LONGEST climb in France.
Col de l’Iseran appeared in stage 9 of the 2007 Tour. Formerly, the highest road in Europe, 2007 is the 70th anniversary of the opening of the road over this legendary mountain pass. The gift shop t-shirts still claim it to be the highest. Still, at 2,770 metres (9000 feet) it is high. Click here [...]
Through most of the 20th century, the Col de l’Iseran was known as the highest road in Europe. While no longer quite the highest, it literally goes over the French Alps near (and well above) the ski resort at Val d’Isère. It had been a dream of mine to climb this Col since a ski [...]