Col du Sabot starts just a few kilometres from Alpe d’Huez. But it’s higher, harder, prettier, and has a fraction of the traffic. On the downside? Beware of gangs of sheep.
Cyclotourists flock to Alpe d’Huez and the Route des Grande Alpes often forgetting that there are many other interesting choices.
Sabot is hard work. Throughout, there are some very steep stretches on this beautiful route.
The first few kilometres climb to Vaujany – a small ski station. A couple of kilometres after Vaujany the route surface becomes fairly mediocre. It’s just a little single lane road – but it’s definitely fine on a road bike. Just descend prudently.
But this top part is certainly the best part. Wonderful hairpins, mountains everywhere, great views.
Hairpins above Vaujany:
At the Col, you can see over the other side. Wonderful views of the route to Col de la Croix de Fer and the dam Lac de Grand Maison.
From Vaujany there is another climb to Collet – I have added it to the map. The top is 1705 metres, with about 4.5 kms @ 10% from the village. See the Bastien’s web site for great photos and more details.
After eating and taking a couple of photos at the top, a horde of sheep decided to block the road down. Note, the photo is not from the road …. I walked across some rocks to avoid these evil devils.
The ring leader: