IZOARD - 2360 m
Start 1. Guillestre
Access 1. Aix-en-Provence - Gap - Embrun - direction Briançon
Start 2. Briançon
Access 2. Grenoble - Bourg d'Oisans - direction Italy
Considering the climb from Guillestre, there must be up to 30km, but the real one is 15km-long. The first part towards the Chateau Queyras junction is light uphill, usually windy, and bad-surfaced- So we arrive the junction and go for the famous Izoard.
In action at 5km to finish
At the beginning, we have 4-5km a bit boring, at 4-6%, some flats, some downhill, until we get to Arvieux, where everything, at the end, changes. We go directly to the toughest part of the climb, 3km crossing 3 villages, Arvieux-laChalp-Brunissard, rarely a bend, gradiente 10%. Exiting Brunissard, even steepper, 13%, very hard, but we finally see a U-turn, where gradient becomes softer.
At the Casse Deserte
Only 6km to go, but are a bit tired. We keep on climbing, now at 8-9%, and some short breaks at the turns. Forest there is but not really much...until we arrive, at 3km approx, to the Casse Deserte, or, what is the same, the moon in the Earth. Typical pictures from Izoard are done here. Very rare and interesting place. A short downhill, and suddenly only 2km to the top, now at 7-8%, so the finish is not really complicated.
Views from top
This is not terrible, and in my second climb the asphalt was renewed (before was horrible). So not because of gradient, I may say 39x25 should do but keeping an eye in the Brunissard part, but yes for the Casse Deserte, that is interesting to go there. The landscapes in the last 3km are unique.
That's me on the top