Cycling Col de la Madeleine D 97

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Col de la Madeleine - D 97

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Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 6.3 %

Length: 24.54 km

Altitude start: 450 m

Altitude top: 1993 m

Ascent: 1543 m

Maximum: 11 %

Col de la Madeleine rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 460 (all)
Ranking France: 79 (all)
Ranking Alps: 165(all)
Difficulty score: 144.08 what?

Col de la Madeleine ratings

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Beautiful col and one of the harder cols of the Alpes with a nice panorama on the Lauzière massif.

The Col de la Madeleine is situated in Rhone-Alpes. This climb belongs to the Alps. Starting from D 97, the Col de la Madeleine ascent is 24.54 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1543 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 6.3 %. The maximum slope is 11 %.

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Since 2005, the Col de la Madeleine will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2012 :  Albertville > La Toussuire Les Sybelles on 12/07/2012

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Story by David Robertson from Cardiff, United Kingdom, submitted on 07/11/2016
After two days of Alpe d''Huez, Telegraphe, Glandon and Croix de la Fer this was our finale.

After a hard winters training and 10 years on the bike, this was the hardest day I''ve ever had. Climbing from La Chambre is slightly shorter (20k) but steeper , averaging at about 8%. Maybe it was the heat, very likely the altitude, but the last 8 k was absolutely dreadful. The views are stunning, climbing past the ski resorts incredible, but why couldn''t I breathe?. I did pass someone in the last km, but I''m never climbing this again. My body just won''t take it. Sorry to sound a pussy but it was awful and took 3 hours to recover.
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Story by Ady Short from , United Kingdom, submitted on 21/06/2016
Beautiful route up from the east side of the Madelaine, if you catch the weather right it makes for an awesome climb, it''s hard initially up through the hairpins and traffic is a bit busier lower down. Great views up the valley as you climb heading west and there is an excellent toilet at Celliers if you need to stop, a couple of Auberge stops with food and drink as well if needed. It was hot on the day I did this in June 2016 so don''t forget the sunscreen, the only thing to watch out for is the odd car racing up and down and the groups of motorbikes going a bit crazy but you''ll hear those long before they get to you. The best bit is as you hit the open area before the last few hairpin bends and see what''s coming, beautiful views here and views over the ski runs on the other side of the valley. It''s a long climb at 25KM''s but there is some respite in the middle to prepare you for a steeper section but the view form the top is reward for the effort - recommend and a top 5 on my list.
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Story by Peter from Macclesfield, United Kingdom, submitted on 18/08/2015
My first time in the Alps on my bike and we did Cormet de Rosalind , Val d''Iseran and finished day 3 on Madeleine. All were great but best was Madeleine. Long and steady but last 9 km were challenging after such a long climb. Was pleased to have a spot of rain. Great bonus having a shower facility at the railway station at the start/finish too!
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Story by Michelle from Moncton, NB, Canada, submitted on 20/08/2012
This was one of my favorite climbs in our 5 day trip though the Alps. Settle in and enjoy. Having a 28 in the rear helps too :-D
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Story by David Price from , United Kingdom, submitted on 07/02/2012
This is a toughie which, if I''m honest, I underestimated. It''s long and steady for quite some time and you can be forgiven for thinking that it''s no great shakes. The final 9k, however, prove more of a challenge. There are long sections where you feel as if you''re not getting much of a return for all your efforts (yes, that old chestnut!). Great cafe at the top.
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Story by Jess from Nottingham, United Kingdom, submitted on 06/09/2012
I climbed Courchevel the day before, the last 5k was torture! I''m 13 years old and I can tell you my legs were like jelly at the top!
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Story by Phillip Hoare from Sydney, Australia, submitted on 08/09/2011
Guys - I climbed the full 28km from the base during Stage 9 in the 2010 TdF. Having resisted the temptation to stop in the village of ''''Pussy'''' after 7 kms, I filled up both bottles twice in the 36 deg afternoon sum, arriving shattered after 3hr 15 (and no trainning ) at the Col prior to teh break away. Awesome Climb!
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Story by Stephen Quirke from London, United Kingdom, submitted on 29/07/2009
Climbed it after I had done the Etape a few days before. I had blown up after 4km on Mont Ventoux (after 100 miles ion a really hot day) so my confidence was shattered, as I climbed into the balai. However a couple of hours on La Madeleine from Pussy to the top at 2000m was recuperative and a great expericne. We havea ggouse nearby so Ive done Courchevel (way too busy) and some climbs into the Parc National de la Vanoise but La Madeleine was wonderful. Great views, huge raptors circling in pairs, connections to the ski domain in the next valley and a very varied climb. Goes from 3-4%, some downhill stuff and then some 12.5% but none of it seemed difficult, just varied and a great tonic.
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Story by Mathis Baetcke from Grenoble, France, submitted on 21/04/2007
Hi folks! I climbed la Madeleine twice on October 30th, 2006. I was lucky and the day was the last suny and warm day that year! So I climbed, enyoyed the sun and took the same way down to ride to La Toussuire. But I was less lucky and lost my longsleeve at half of the descent which I remarked down in the valley between these mountains... So, no choice, way back and Madeleine another time! Of course, I was really lucky to have found it on the side of the road. Next decision: it has been already quite late in the afternoon, so I decided to just continue climbing La Madeleine a second time! And it was hard!! I had not much food, hadnt eaten a lot before, as I had previewed to eat something in the valley.. Finally, it has been kind of fate that I fell in love with this climb! Love through pain! Haha You have a beautiful view to MontBlanc and Glandon on both sides of the top! Enjoy La Madeleine as well! Greetz mathis

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