The other day, heading home from bike-only day at the fearsome Mont Colombis, I decided to break up the drive by stopping for a quick climb up to Col de Gleize. I admit it: this was a blatant attempt to pad my “col hunting” statistics. It was also a fun little ride.
Just a couple of hundred metres north of Col Bayard is the turn off for a nicely named road: “Route Touristique du Col de Gleize.” It’s a steep five kilometres to the col, a steady 10% most of the way.
The road is very quiet, the only traffic: a few hikers driving to the trail-head above.
The Hautes Alpes department is full of nice, quiet climbs. Just north of Col de Gleize is the spectacular Col du Noyer – details here.
At Col de Gleize is a small parking lot for the hikers and the paved road ends. But there is a gateway onto a good quality gravel forestry road that heads to two more Cols. It peaks at 1738 metres at Col du Milieu, then descends to Col de Chabanottes at 1664 metres – see map below.
The forestry road continues down to Chaudun (1313m) but I soon turned around. I was satisfied with three cols on this blatant col stealing second ride-of-the-day. 🙂