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Col de la Croix de Fer

Col de la Croix de Fer
Three sided climb
  • France
  • 2.067m
  • 32.0km

About the Climb

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Col de la Croix de Fer (2.067m) has been featured in the Tour de France many times since it was first introduced in the 1947 tour. The pro cyclist Fermo Camellini was the first, who had the lead in the race, to cross the summit.

This giant, also known as Pass of the Iron Cross, can be climbed from three sides, so it has something for every rider. What every you choose, even the shortest has more than 20km of climbing. All the sides can be classified as a Hors Catégorie (HC). The Iron Cross marks the summit of the climb, so take a moment, claim victory and capture it on photo. Climbing all the sides in one day, is a bit of a challenge, so to classify your options. You can opt to ride the hardest, the most steady, or the longest.

Reaching the summit via Le Bourg-d’Oisans (south) is known as one of the most beautiful climbs in the Alps

To start with the longest. You will reach the summit by starting from Le Bourg-d’Oisans (south). This side is known as one of the most beautiful climbs in the Alps, also this is the first climb of the legendary cycling event Marmotte Granfondo Alpes. Basically you climb most of Col du Glandon, as Col de la Croix de Fer is on the shoulder of this climb. You will climb all the way up to Le Chalet du Glandon before making a right to the Iron Cross. The full distance is 32km against an average of 4%. It goes up and down, the road winds through forest and open high meadows, the gradient changes from steep to relatively easy going in the space of a few kilometers.

When you start from La Chambre, you will ride the hardest. It includes the northern climb of Col du Glandon. You have a killer last two kilometers exceeding 10% with stretches of 12%. To reach the summit you need to battle against an average gradient of 7% for 22.7km.

The more steady climb can be accessed from Saint Jean de Maurienne. Especially the last 5 or 6 kilometers are stunning leading you to the summit via a hair-pinned road. In total you have to overcome a distance of 29.5km against an average of 5.5%.

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