On the Route des Grandes Alpes, the Cormet de Roselend connects Beaufortain to the Haute-Tarentaise. Thanks to its lake, the col is beautiful to ride on its western slope.
Via Beaufort coming from the Col des Saisies, le Cormet de Roselend allows you to switch to the valley of the Haute-Tarentaise down to Bourg-Saint-Maurice (Savoie). It is located on the Route des Grandes Alpes linking Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean Sea. The Cormet de Roselend is therefore a quite busy passage way in the summer and this is his only fault, because it is a beautiful col. It is so beautiful by the grace of its Roseland Lake and dam, perched over 1600 m altitude. This pristine lake is located on the west side. This side is the most beautiful but also the most challenging to climb.
Via Beaufortain, it starts from Beaufort (745 m), and begins with the 12 km climb of over 7% of the Col de Méraillet (l605 m). This part in the forest has the advantage of being fairly rolling and in the shadow, but without striking views. On top of that, it is quite popular with motorists, since it is the passage des Grandes Alpes.
After this pass, some respite is offered with 2 km of flat along the lake. That leaves the last six kilometers of ascent in a wild decor, on a slope between 5.5 and 8%. After two big and wide laces to reach the refuge of Plan de la Lai, the col ends at the foot of rocks. A harder variant goes via the Col du Pré instead of via Méraillet.
The Cormet de Roselend is situated in Rhone-Alpes
and belongs to the
Starting from Beaufort,
the Cormet de Roselend ascent is 20.32 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1227 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 6 %.
The maximum slope is 8 %.
Look for other sides to climb the Cormet de Roselend.
Since 2005, the Cormet de Roselend will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2007 : Le Grand Bornand-Tigne on 15/07/2007
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