Cycling La Bérarde
Ride 25.4 kilometers gaining 1,065 meters at 3.7% average grade (5.2% climb only)
This is a popular climb (14,598 attempts by 6,981 Strava members as of September, 2023) with some teeth in it as times - The steepest kilometer averages 11.5%.
La Bérarde, located in the French Alps, is renowned primarily for its breathtaking mountain scenery and its appeal to mountaineers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Nestled within the Ecrins National Park, La Bérarde provides access to a range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, climbing, skiing and cycling. This is an out-and-back that can be included in an Alpe d’Huez day and is located in the Saint Jean de Maurienne world cycling climbing area.
La Bérarde is often regarded as a base or starting point for excursions into the high mountains, including routes to notable peaks like La Meije and Barre des Écrins, offering challenges for mountaineers of varying skill levels. La Bérarde is not a bustling urban center but more of a serene mountain hamlet, attracting those who seek tranquility, natural beauty, and outdoor adventure. Visitors to the area can enjoy the stunning alpine landscapes, pristine valleys, and diverse flora and fauna characteristic of the Ecrins National Park. The region's unspoiled natural environment and the opportunities it offers for outdoor recreation and exploration are what primarily define La Bérarde's reputation.
Thank you Lisa and Matt.