An epic mountain road to Signal de Bisanne
Signal de Bisanne is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.930m (6,332ft) above the sea level, located in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. This pass is one of two climbs in France classified by the ASO as "Epic" which is like an HHC.
Tucked away on the Massif du Beaufortin, a mountain range in the Alps, the road to the summit, also known as Mont Bisanne, is totally paved. At the top is a restaurant known as Restaurant d'altitude panoramique 2000 les saisies and 360º degrees panoramic views with Mont Blanc dominating.
The climb is tough and has been featured in the Tour de France race. The most famous route to reach the summit runs from Villard sur Doron, at an elevation of 705 m. The ascent is 14.4 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.225 meters. The average percentage is 8.5 %, with the final two kilometres averaging well over 10% and hitting a 13.0% through some of the ramps. Each of the 14 kilometres are signed.
Pic: Augustin Delagarde