In two weeks Torgon will feature as a mountain-top finish in the Queen Stage of the 2019 Tour de Romandie. High above Aigle, I counted 25 hairpins on this 12.5 kilometre climb. Fun!
A 3D video of the route:
It’s not the steepest climb, a very steady 7% or so for most of the way.
The road is good quality, and the hairpins just keep coming.
There are plenty of great views with big mountains in every direction.
Torgon is a small village supporting the little ski station above. In fact, it’s a gigantic ski domain as it links into the Porte du Soleil domaine that includes several other Swiss and French resorts (eg. Morzine and Avoriaz). France is directly over the mountain at the end of the road.
The Romandie stage ends at Jorette a couple of kilometres before the end of the paved road. I visited the finish, and then climbed the extra 2 kilometres. There are some unpaved roads higher which were still covered in snow. It’s perhaps worth a summer visit to explore and try to cross into France (Col de Recon above is very reachable from the far side).
This was my first time climbing this road. Very enjoyable. The region surrounding UCI headquarters in Aigle below has quite a few interesting cycling climbs. See here for several that are worth visiting.
Some signs and stuff seen along the route: