Very frequented by cyclists, the Col de l’Aravis is a classic climb. The two sides are fairly regular and offer stunning views of the Mont Blanc.
At the heart of the Massif des Aravis, the pass of the same name connects the valley of the terminal to that of Arly in the Haute-Savoie Savoie. The Tour has climbed it more than thirty times in its history.
Some might the start of the Col des Aravis in St-Jean-de- Sixt, others in La Clusaz. The profile here starts the climb more than 6 kilometes before these villages, in Thônes, making the total climb about 19 kilometers long. The first part, before reaching St-Jean is very irregular, but never too steep. The second part, between St Jean and La Clusaz is even easier, at 3% average. Real climbing only starts after La Clusaz. A kilometer futher up, at Les Etages, you can take the Col de la Croix de Fry to the right. Keep left for about 3,5 more kilometers to the top of the Aravis. Surrounded by mountain tops to your left and right (it's a passway...) and meadows, you take the 6 remaining hairpins. An enjoyable ride and never too hard.
The Col des Aravis is situated in Rhone-Alpes. This climb belongs to the Alps.
Starting from Thônes,
the Col des Aravis ascent is 18.9 km long. Over this distance, you climb 866 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 4.6 %.
Look for other sides to climb the Col des Aravis.
Since 2005, the Col des Aravis will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré 2011 : Les Gets - Le Collet d’Allevard on 11/06/2011
Tour de France 2010 : Morzine > Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne on 13/07/2010
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