Le Collet d’Allevard will feature in stage 6 of the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.
Le Collet d’Allevard is the featured climb in the October edition of Le Cycle Magazine. It has never appeared in the Tour de France in part due to its inconvenient location but is a beautiful, yet challenging climb.
Le Cycle describes it as a little Alpe d’Huez, in part due to its steep slopes from the very beginning. It’s a well shaded route winding up the mountain with – as usual – great views of the valley below.
Often the best quality roads in the French alps are up to ski stations, and this route is no exception – I almost felt like I was riding a Swiss road 🙂
Le Collet d’Allevard is a small ski station at 1,450 metres, but the road continues a few more kilometres up to 1,650 metres where it ends at Super Collet – a collection of ski lifts.
There is a very similar and worthwhile climb just to the north: details here for Val Pelouse.