Col du Glandon - 1924 metres


One of the toughest climbs in the French Alps and often used in the Tour de France with it's neighbour across the valley, the Col de la Madeleine.

Open the diary pages See July 2001

Northern Ascent

Start town :

La Chambre

Starting Altitude : 448 metres
Distance : 22 kilometres
Vertical Climb : 1475 metres
Gradient :

6.9% average - 13% maximum click to view

Comments : The gradient on the Col du Glandon increases the nearer the summit with the last seven kilometres being the toughest on the whole climb. The last two kilometres are over ten percent with stretches of 12 percent.
Click to view image The final metres of the northern ascent.
Click to view image The view towards the Col de la Madeleine from the Col.
Click to view image The view of the Col du Glandon.
Click to view image The first metres of the northern descent with the Mont Blanc in the background.
Click to view image The early morning view north from the Col.

 

Southern Ascent

Start town :

Rochetaillee

Starting Altitude : 711m metres
Distance : 30 kilometres
Vertical Climb : 1350 metres
Gradient :

4.8% average - 12% maximum click to view

Comments : The southern ascent of the Col du Glandon uses the same road as the Col de la Croix de Fer and turns off three kilometres before the summit of the Croix de Fer. For other images, please see the Col de la Croix de Fer information page.
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The Col is in the distance but there are still another five kilometres when climbing from the south.
Click to view image The final metres of the Col on the southern ascent.

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