Cycling Col du Sabot D 43 - D 526

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Col du Sabot - D 43 - D 526

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Average grade: 8.9 %

Length: 14.5 km

Altitude start: 810 m

Altitude top: 2100 m

Ascent: 1290 m

Col du Sabot rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 309 (all)
Ranking France: 50 (all)
Ranking Alps: 95 (all)
Difficulty score: 158.06 what?

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The Col du Sabot is situated in Rhone-Alpes. This climb belongs to the Alps. Starting from D 43 - D 526, the Col du Sabot ascent is 14.5 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1290 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 8.9 %.

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Story by Per-Ivar Stokkmo from Oslo, Norway, submitted on 11/07/2016
We went for Col du Sabot on a really sunny Thursday in July 2016 using roadbikes.

As we startet our of Bourg d´Oisans with 26 *C we had a nice warm up through Rochetaillée and Allemont. A cuple of hairpin bends to get to the top of the Verney dam and along the shore of Lake Verney.

At the end of the lake, we started our climb up to the Col du Sabot. A lovely view and nice, road without much traffic. Throug Vaujany village. After the tennis camp right after Collet, the road worsens as you get closer and closer to Col du Sabot. Still, the road condition never represents a problem for the road bikes.

The top is a dead end without any amenties, and you have to ride back. But you will have the most lovely view and experience a climbing that gives you everything a real climber wants from a Alpine climb - and without the crowd of other cyclists and cars.

On our way back we added an other smal 5 km climb up to the “Cheminées d’équilibre” just after Vaujany. This is a pastoral, rather strenuous itinerary offering a charming view over a lovely sunny mountainside facing the glaciers of the Grandes Rousses massif and the waterfalls of La Fare. If your body is alright, it is definately a nice "ad on". Happy climbing!
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Story by nathan from hobart, Australia, submitted on 23/12/2014
In a word, magnificent.

An unrelenting climb from Allemond, zero traffic & zero other bikes for that matter. Rode it by myself on a hot July day 2013, very rewarding, some of the other more famous climbs pale by comparison.

A must do if you are in the area.
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Story by Ian Bond from Preston, United Kingdom, submitted on 08/06/2012
I was advised to do this climb when staying in Bourg d'' Oisan in 2011 when I had a week doing all the TDF iconic climbs in the area including Alpe d''Huez 5 times. This is a magnificent climb, hard and varied and wonderfully quiet without the hoards of the more famous neighbours. The road surface worsens the higher you go and you have to be very careful on the way down due to some loose material/chippings on the corners. Nevertheless this still appears in my top 3 basically because it gives you everything you want from an Alpine climb. Just brilliant.
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Story by Martyn Jones from Vaujany, France, submitted on 21/10/2009
Very, very hard! A pure climbers mountain and hardly any let-up whatsoever. Made more difficult due to its direct exposure to the sun - the same col used for the finish of the La Vaujany sportif and Grand Trophee ITT although neither events scale its full length - ultimately finishes on a very narrow quiet road in a dead end, with amazing views of the Mont Blanc Massif
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