The Col du Solude is situated in Rhone-Alpes
and belongs to the
Starting from Le Bourg d'Oisans,
the Col du Solude ascent is 12.56 km long. Over this distance, you climb 956 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 7.6 %.
Stories, information and comments from Col du Solude climbers
Story by John Connors from Courtice, Canada, submitted on 08/08/2013
It''s one of my favorites of all times. An adventure on a bicycle far from the madness of Alpe d''Huez. No diesel fumes, no drunken Orangemen, just the beauty of the mountains and a solo struggle against a roughly hewn seam craved into the rock. Second Tunnel is longest at 365m and utterly pitch black in centre. Bring a light. We had to flash our cameras and keep one hand on the wall for several minutes.
Climb in forest is steep and unrelenting, but quiet and verdant with the only nuisance being hordes of flies. Water is available in Notre Dame. The climb above village is instantly gravel but push on. It''s all rideable if you take your time. The traverse at the top lasts 3 km and is mostly flat with excellent views of Alpe d''Huez.
Ride over the top and descend to the col d''Ornon, the pavement gets better after the first 2 km and the descent is one of my favorites with very little rhythm to the turns which keep you on your drops like a good video game.
It feels more like a mountain adventure than a bike ride. And with any luck, you get to climb back up Alpe d''Huez afterwards
photos at www.alpinetours.ca/solude
My personal climb rating:
Story by Arthur Carter from Hanover, MD, United States, submitted on 09/01/2009
Aug 31, 2009. From BdO, climb starts immediately. I see profile above, but I swear my Garmin didnt go below 10% with a lot of 11-12%. Perhaps the 8,6% is in tunnels. Tunnel 1 is pitch black-exit around corner. Next 2 tunnels, some light. Lower & upper climb is in trees but great views of Romanche, BdO, AdH. Middle is like they glued road to side of the cliff. 1 lane all the way. Pavement is ok. Basically its a 10% climb for 8km. I saw 4 cars. From Notre Dame, road is loose gravel over thin asphalt, but it is rideable to top. Views are stunning, but road is not for faint of heart. I decided to go to Villard Reymond. Over top, road is worse. I rode all but 100m. Skinny tires & rough rocky path are tough with 10-12%. Descent to La Pallud, and to D1091 smooth, steep, technical. Fun descent, speed is limited w/rocks in road & steep, tight switchbacks. Views are amazing. Route should have taken 2 hours. 6kph on unpaved bits, it was 3+. If you like hard climbs, have really good bike handling skills, go for it. When you get back to road near Reymond, go left to town and water.