Cycling Col de la Loze from Courchevel
Ride 22.5 kilometers gaining 1,470 meters at 6.4% average grade.
This exceptional bike climb is located in the heart of French Ski Country and in the Graian Alps subrange of the Alps. Col de la Loze is one of the best cycling experiences in Europe as much of its length is on a roadway dedicated exclusively to cyclists and it is ranked #14 hardest bike climb in France.
Road markers each kilometer.
Photo: Starting km marker.
The final kilometer marker is located at the Vallee de Courchevel ski resort.
Summit in cycling season . . .
. . . summit in ski season.
We ride to the top of the mountain . . . no trams for us!
The below Climb Summary was written by Ties Arts, Netherlands (photographs by Ard Oostra, Switzerland):
The cycling world is dynamic and so popular these days. In les Trois Valles in France there is an ambitious plan. A plan to connect les Trois Vallees (which includes the well known ski destinations of Courchevel, Meribel, and Les Menuires) not only via skis but also with visitors on two wheels! The purpose is to make this very popular winter site more attractive during the rest of the seasons for cyclists.
The first step is connecting Meribel with Courchavel. And so Col de la Loze was born, with 2304m altitude. Col de la Loze is the third highest col in Savoie area (after the well know Col de I’Iseran (2770m) and the Galibier (2642m).
Nothing beats the Col de L’Iseran for altitude, but . . .
Col du Galibier is not far behind (below . . . )!
Col de la Loze already existed before this plan, although the last 6 kilometers from both the east and west side were not paved. These have been paved recently and are accessible only to cyclists - a true cyclist’s heaven!!
As with Meribel to the east, this is an exceptionally scenic and epic bike climb - true bucket list material!
Thank you Ard!