The Col de Sarenne is situated in Rhone-Alpes
and belongs to the
Starting from crossroad Col de Sarenne,
the Col de Sarenne ascent is 12.76 km long. Over this distance, you climb 954 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 7.5 %.
Stories, information and comments from Col de Sarenne climbers
Story by SEdeVries from Neede, The Netherlands, submitted on 10/02/2012
Climbed the Col de Sarenne with 5 friends during ""Ascension Day"" 2011. After Alpe d'Huez, Col d'Ornon and Les Deux Alpes this was our 4th and last climb in 2 days. It appeared to be the toughest climb these days ...
We started the climb from Lac du Chambon after descending Les Deux Alpes. Sitting in the sun at Lac du Chambon the climb looked so friendly ... The first part up to Mizoen takes all your breath away immediately. Very steep. Then the next 6 to 7 kilometers are relatively friendly. We thought to have made a good choice climbing this one. But after Le Perron it started. We go left into the rocks. The roads gets worser the closer to the top. Strong winds on some parts and steep gradients. Pfffff, this is painfull. The last few hundreds meters are easy again, also wind in the back. Nothing going on on the top though. So make sure you got your own food/beverage with you. After a break we continued the road to Alpe D'Huez (again with some climbing!) to make our descent towards Les Sables. The jacuzzi was our reward for the day, at La Cle des Bois.
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Story by Gordon from San Francisco, United States, submitted on 14/08/2010
Rode this in 2005 as the ""back way"" into LAlpe dHuez to watch the Tour de France time trial stage there. Epic climb with some pave sections, steep grades (as per entry by Lennart) & breathtaking views.
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Story by Lennart from , The Netherlands, submitted on 29/07/2009
The Col de Sarenne is an alternative route to Alpe dHuez. The climb starts at Mizoen, next to lake Chambon. The first kilometer already makes your heartbeat reach max level. 12-13% doesnt make it an easy start. After passing the village of Mizoen a short descent follows. Then the real climb to the col starts. The first 8km are ok, not easy but not killing. Slowly the woods thin out and my friend asks me whether the rocky top is the finish line. In honest belief I tell him it isnt. I was wrong. The last 4km are tough, to put it mildly. Gradients vary between 8 and 13%. The surface is rough and deteriorating by the mile. Finally we reach the top. Were very satisfied. Even our heavy friend ""the ox"" has made it. Not bad for a 240lbs guy ;-). Sarenne is definately one of my favorites.