I was the last day of my five-day Haute-Alpes trip. Not much better way to finish than visiting the beautiful and famous Col d’Izoard.
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Stage 18 visits the roof of the Alps – with three massive climbs including the highest point in the 2011 Tour and the highest mountain top finish in Tour de France history.
More good luck: Col d’Izoard was closed to cars between 9:00 am and 12:00. Very civilized!
For a more recent post with map and details of both sides of Izoard, see here. Yikes. After climbing the Col de la Cayolle in the morning (60 kms there and back) I had an itch to climb the legendary South side of Izoard (Doreen and I both climbed the North side on Sunday. It [...]
As we head south to Barcelonnette, the Col de Vars is a perfect climb to break up the drive. 20 kmilometres. 1,150 metres vertical. A beautiful winding route, although there is a little bit of traffic as it is part of the Grandes Route des Alpes and one of the only roads crossing this section [...]
As Doreen keeps pointing out: the name of the climb sounds a little like "It’s So Hard". Yep. 20 kilometres. 1,200 metres vertical (4,000 feet). This is truly a legendary climb and one of the main objectives of this trip. The good thing about cycling up mountains is it is a great way to [...]