The Grand Colombier, one of the hardest climb of the Tour de France
Memorable climb of the Tour de France in the 2012, 2016 and 2017 editions, every cyclist that has been to the top agrees that the Grand Colombier is one of the hardest climb in France, harder than Alpes D’Huez and comparable to Mont Ventoux. Climbing it is a real challenge for cyclists with 18 km from Culoz, 1262 m of elevation and several parts at 14%.
Located 30 min away from Aix-Les-Bains, 1h from Geneva and Annecy, 1h30 from Lyon, there are 4 different ways to reach the top of this Hors catégorie climb. The most iconic road starts from Culoz, with its famous hairpins and the most difficult road starts from Artemare through Virieu-le-Petit with slope of 22% at its steepest, and 19% during 3 km.
Events around the Grand Colombier
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Carless climbs of the Grand Colombier, 4 events you should not miss in summer!
The road from Culoz to the top is closed for cars and motorbikes and only accessible on bikes one Saturday every month from June to September.
Coffee is offered by the tourist information centre at Maison du vélo in Culoz, food and diplomas are offered at the top of the climb.
In 2020, the carless climbs are scheduled on 13 June, 11 July, 8 August and 12 September. More information here.
Are you mad?
Are you up for a really though challenge?
Do you think you have what it takes to climb two, three or even four times the Grand Colombier through different roads on a single day?
Then you are ready to join the international brotherhood of the « Fêlés du Grand Colombier » (Bonkers of the Grand Colombier)
More information here