Just like other winter sports resorts, just think of Alpe d'Huez, well-known winter sports resorts also Courchevel and Meribel want to attract cycling tourists during the summer season. It was therefore decided to asphalt the unpaved road section so that the top of the Col de la Loze can also be reached with the racing bike. The Tour de France 2020 must make the new route known to the active cycling public.
The northwestern side leads us to the winter sports resort of Méribel. This is the hardest side. According to the climbbybike index, this side is even harder than the Mont Ventoux, which makes the Col de la Loze to date the most difficult climb of the French mainland France!
You climb 1716 altimeters for about 23,4 km. Just as on the other side, the spiciest parts are in the kilometers after the ski village. The average kilometer percentage is around 10% here, but don't be surprised by very steep parts up to 20%!
The Col de la Loze is situated in Rhone-Alpes.
This climb belongs to the Alps.
The Col de la Loze via Brides les Bains (via Méribel) is ranked number 57 of the Alps.
The climb is ranked number 26 in France and number 234 in the world.
Starting from Brides les Bains (via Méribel),
the Col de la Loze ascent is 23.402 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1715 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 7.33 %.
The maximum slope is 18%.
If you want to climb the Col de la Loze, you can find more information on how to train to climb the Col de la Loze here.
Other sides of this climb:
Col de la Loze via Brides les Bains (via Courchevel)
Since 2005, the Col de la Loze will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2020 : Grenoble - Méribel Col de la Loze on 16/09/2020