Cormet de Roselend

Alpine Cadence : Supported rides for cyclists in the Alps
The Cormet de Roselend at 1967m is a big favourite of ours. It's varied, spectacular and used regularly in the Tour de France. From  Bourg St Maurice, 815m, it's a climb of just over 19km. It's average gradient of 6% hides it's true character. It starts relatively steadily with lots of shade from the trees, after around 5km it ramps up to 8% gradients as it turns into a sequence of 10 tight hairpins. Then, at the 11km point the rider emerges into an open treeless valley with 2km of false flat to look forward to. The final 7kms to the summit are beautiful with great views of the Aiguille du Glacier to your left. The final 2km is not overly steep but often into a headwind so save something for it!  Click here for a profile of this climb.

The other side of the Cormet de Roselend starts in the pretty town of Beaufort at 745m. This is where the climb proper starts although those riders coming from Albertville will aready have risen 400m over 20km to reach this point. Beaufort to the Cormet is 20.5 km with an altitude gain of 1240m giving an average again of around 6%. Again, this is somewhat misleading as a flat and slightly downhill section after 12km distorts the figures, most of the climbing on this side has gradients of 7% and 8%. The road rises consistently at these sort of figures for 12kms out of Beaufort, scaling a steep wooded slope with fantastic views back down the valley. On reaching the intermediate Col de Meraillet at 1605m, the rider gets 2.5km of superb flat road with the Lac du Roselend providing a stunning backdrop. The final 6kms to the top is unrelenting but spectacular as the road rises up above the lake and round the cliffs. The final kilometre eases to around 5% for a fast roll to the top.

Click here for the profile of Beaufort to the Cormet de Roselend
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