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Col de la Colombière - Scionzier     open your myclimbbybike to add this climb

16.3 km  1613 m  (1108 m)  6.8 %


This col of the Haute-Savoie, situated between the two mountain ranges of the Aravis and Bargy, is often climbed in cyclos and in the Tour de France, but more along the easiest southern side.

The col connects the stations of Aravis with the valley of the Arve and the Nom. The Tour de France has done this road about a dozen times since 1960. The north side from Cluses starts with 3 km flat until Scionzier. Between Blanzy and Porte d'Age, you get the first test, with passages close to 10%. After the huge bend near Porte d'Age, you get a nearly 3 km flat to Le Reposoir. You might want to visit the monastery to pray for support for the rest of the climb. Because from then on the climb becomes really tough and never goes below 8% with a last km of 10% +. Enjoy the landscape!

There is a longer (24.8 km) variant via Romme (1300 m) with more altimeters (1500 m) because this side is climbed in two stages.

The Col de la Colombière is situated in Rhone-Alpes. This climb belongs to the Alps. The Col de la Colombière via Scionzier is ranked number 448 of the Alps. Starting from Scionzier, the Col de la Colombière ascent is 16.3 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1108 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 6.8 %. The maximum slope is 12%. If you want to climb the Col de la Colombière, you can find more information on how to train to climb the Col de la Colombière here.

Other sides of this climb:
Col de la Colombière via Le Grand Bornand

Since 2005, the Col de la Colombière will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2018 :  Annecy - Le Grand Bornand on 17/07/2018
Tour de France 2010 :  Morzine > Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne on 13/07/2010
Tour de France 2009 :  Bourg-Saint-Maurice > Le Grand-Bornand on 22/07/2009
Tour de France 2007 :  Bourg-en-Bresse > Le-Grand-Bornand on 14/07/2007

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Col de la Colombière via Scionzier popularity rank : 51

The Col de la Colombière has been climbed by 33 climbbybikers. It is ranked No. 51 as the most climbed climb in the world.
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Col de la Colombière via Scionzier: 6 reviews

Paul Gordon

The best and worst thing about this climb is that you can see the summit from about 4.5km from the top in a big arc under the ridge and it doesn''t look that far or that steep but it just goes on and on.


David Mitchell

Climbed the Colombiere from Scionzier last weekend on a warm day in June with a group of freinds. The climb starts gently through the forest, with welcome shade. The ride to Le Reposoir at 980m is straightforward. The views really start to improve from then on. The gradient then starts to kick up with the pressure on the legs increasing. The ride is now in full sun. Eventually on turning a corner the finish can be seen, the hotel at the top, but then the gradient goes over an average of 10% for the last few kilometres with some parts reaching 14% and also in full sun. Did the whole climb in 1hr 20mins but one member of party took extra 40mins. A wonderful climb and well woth the effort. Think difficulty score of 124 a bit low, due to the final stretch.

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