A new paved road to Col de la Loze
Col de la Loze is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.308m (7,572ft) above the sea level, located in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.
Located in the Graian Alps subrange of the Alps, within the Vanoise National Park, the road to the summit was recently paved and opened on 12 May 2019. The last 6 kilometres are closed to motor vehicles. The road is barely four metres wide, with hairpins and longer straight sections, and nasty ramps.
The road is closed from October to May, weather permitting and runs from Méribel to Courchevel. The climb hits about 18% through some of the corners. There’s a breath-taking view of Mont Blanc from the top. This new road is part of the Via 3 Vallées (3 Valleys Way), solely for the use of bicycles and electric bicycles.
It is one of the toughest climbs of the country with gradients that at times touch 18 per cent. It has been featured in the Tour de France race. Starting from Meribel, the ascent is 21.5km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.690 meters and the average gradient is 7.7%.
Pic&more info: https://french-alps.meribel.net/leisure-and-events/mtb-meribel-bikepark/new-col-de-la-loze.html
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