GLANDON - 1924 m
Start 1. Rochetaillée
Access 1. Grenoble - direction Briançon
Start 2. Saint-Etienne-de-Ouines
Access 2. Grenoble - direction Albertville - direction Modane
This long climb has three sections separatd by short and flat zones which are really helpful. The first section is tough, it's not more than 5km but close to 10%. After a small town, we reach a 1km downhill zone.
Down this way, we start the toughest part
So now we start the second section, the longest and the steeppest. First, this zone is steep, up to 10%, but it becomes easier when we reach the Grand Maison Barriage, with really flat sections.
At the left we can see the last km of the climb
The last section is 3km long, with an average gradient of 7%, which drives us to the summit, after passing an interesting crossroads that goes to another classic mountain, the Col de la Croix de Fer.
This long mountain offers some hard sections on the first part of the climb, but not really complicated, so a 39x23 is enough. But consider that this is a 2-hour climb, so be patient. The fact that the last part is easier allow us to push hard at the end.
Long 20km climb, going from easier o harder...and finishing horrible. The first half of the climb are surrounded by a forest. The sun was shining that day, and the ride was easy, despite of the gradient turning to 7-8% all the time.
Finishing the first part
After a small village, there's a good flat to rest before the worst begins. The forest ends, and we quickly get into 8-10%. The climb is wide open, not many bends, so sometimes wind appears.
Starting the final wall
So we're in the final part, the last 3km. Really a wall in front of us, Galibier style. That reaches 11-13% to the top. Now a few bends, which makes it a bit more pleasant...but finishing really tired.
Last 100m and...done
French typical asphalt, magnetic fields. Not sure 39x25 is enough because of the final 3km. Take care with wind. Very interesting route with the Madeleine and down to St.Jean de Maurienne through Croix de Fer or Mollard.
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