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Col de l'Izoard - Briançon

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Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 5.8 %

Length: 19 km

Altitude start: 1239 m

Altitude top: 2344 m

Ascent: 1105 m

Maximum: 9 %

Col de l'Izoard rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 1207 (all)
Ranking France: 236 (all)
Ranking Alps: 444(all)
Difficulty score: 110.1 what?

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The Col d'Izoard is a unique place to cycle and one of the great Cols of the French Alps. From the green wooded mountainsides above Briançon, to the sandy coloured, eroded cliffs above the the Casse Deserte and the Col, the scenery is amazing.

The Col de l'Izoard is situated in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur. This climb belongs to the Alps. Starting from Briançon, the Col de l'Izoard ascent is 19 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1105 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 5.8 %. The maximum slope is 9 %.

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Since 2005, the Col de l'Izoard will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2014 :  Grenoble - Risoul on 19/07/2014

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Stories, information and comments from Col de l'Izoard climbers
Story by huw from Cambridge, United Kingdom, submitted on 08/12/2012
I''ve climbed it twice, seventeen years apart. The first time was on a Nigel Dean. The climb was absolutely stunning. The experience changed my view of what I could do, for the better.

The second time I was hitting 50 and had gained 2 stone. I rode it on a bike hired in Briancon. About 2km from the top the road was closed for the world downhill skateboarding championship: those guys were truly insane! The road re-opened between events so once again I got to the top.

Decending a hill like Izoard is a superb adrenaline explosion. Epic.

Returned the bike and I don''t think the shop guy believed that a fat bloke on a bike could make it but, heck, I cycle every day so there''s life in the old dog
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Story by Mark from , France, submitted on 07/12/2010
I rode this in June 2010. Its absolutely beautiful. We started in Briancon which means youre onto the climb immediately. The first half is lovely as you wind up the valley, then turn hard right and get into the forest section of switchbacks. The views from the summit are amazing and the descent down to other side great. Make sure you stop at the Coppi/Bobet memorial about a kilometre down the descent. But do try and do the climb - it really is a stunner.
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Story by mike callow from Telford, United Kingdom, submitted on 05/09/2008
Tour de France, year 2000 - the lead climbers have crossed the summit and the locals jump on their bikes for the descent, with me tucked among them. The speeds not too fast as on some hairpins as some Gendarmes whistle us to stop to allow pedestrians to cross. On one corner - no pedestrians, so why is he whistling? All stop except one cyclist who tries to pass. The Gendarme rugby tackles him and his bike into the ditch! 10 seconds later the peloton hurtle past at 50 mph!
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