Lac du Vieux-Emosson Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

12
FIETS
16 mi
DISTANCE
6,180 ft
GAINED
6.5 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Ard Oostra, Montreux, Switzerland; Erwan Treguier, Brittany, France

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This 16 mile bike climb is located in Martigny, Valais, Switzerland. The average gradient is 6.5% and there is a total elevation gain of 6,180 ft, finishing at 7,127 ft.

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Cycling Lac du vieux-Emosson

Ride 25.9 kilometers gaining 2,081 meters at 6.7% average grade (8.9% climb only)

This is another amazing climb in one of the world’s top 5 cycling ares - Valais, Switzerland.   Beware at the outset that the roadway to the finish is about 20% dirt and gravel.  However, PJAMM’s uber adventurer, Ard Oostra, Montreux, Switzerland, did the climb on a Colnago road bike with 28mm tires (as you can see from Ard’s slideshow and the photos below).

The mountaintop finish for Stage 17 of the 2016 TdF was at Lac d’Emosson

Lac d’Emosson is 4.2 kilometers from the finish of our route at Lac du Vieux Emosson

Ilnur Zakarin won the stage with a solo attack, but Chris Froome extended his tour lead by leaving the pack with old teammate Richie Porte on the final kilometer of the Emosson climb (average 17%).

Gravel section.

Back on the pavement

Ride across Émosson Dam at kilometer 21

The reservoir is for hydroelectric purposes.  The first dam was known as Berberine Dam and was built in 1925.  The old dam was submerged by the current 180 meter concrete wall that was completed in 1973.

Stage 17 of the 2016 Tour de France ended at Émosson Dam

Road to Lac du Vieux-Emosson as seen from Lac Emosson

It is 2 kilometers from the bottom to top dam.

1 kilometer between dams averages 16%.

Cabane du Vieux Emosson - Google Reviews

Climb finish is at Lac du Vieux Emosson (old Emosson Lake) which was completed

 in 1955.

Thank you Ard.