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Col de l'Iseran D902 AlpineRoads Hot

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Written by AlpineRoads     May 03, 2012    
 
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Warnings

This road may be seasonally closed

Directions
Begin Destination

1-37 Place Marcel Gaimard, 73700 Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France, Rhone-Alpes

1 Rue des Jardins, 73480 Lanslebourg-Mont-Cenis, France, Rhone-Alpes

Location

Address
1-37 Place Marcel Gaimard, 73700 Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France

General Route

Route Type
Mountains
Distance
81,708
Duration
5,969
(Partial) toll road
false
This road may be seasonally closed
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One of the "big ones" - the Col de l'Iseran is 2769m. If your bike's not running touch rich at the bottom, it sure as hell will be when you're at the top ;-) . Fill up in Bourg if you're getting low on fuel. From here to Val d'Isére is fairly busy with resort traffic, but really good until just before Val d'Isére where the road is too busy to be fun. Watch out for the unlit tunnels with bends in them just before Val d'Isére.
However, once through the town, the road changes into a high-alpine playground. After casino online a straight-ish bit the road turns sharp right over a small bridge then it's up, up, up. A great surface and a steepish climb to the pass heights - watch out: no crash-barriers! There is snow at the top (and skiing) all year round and often on the roadside until early July.
While the northern ramp is steep and relatively short, the southern side is longer and less steep, generally much greener and faster. I'm really not sure which way I prefer doing this, but I think from the south, the longer gentler climb makes braking easier and you can get up some pretty good speeds. The scenery is much more dramatic as well, with some great views on the glaciers on the mountains to the south. More-or-less a ride through a valley floor until Bonneval-sur-Arc, the road then climbs up the mountain. This bit is less well surfaced and a bit bumpier than the northern side.

Editor review

If your in this part of the Alps, you shouldn't miss this route, one of the great ones.
Overall rating 
 
4.5
User Overall Summary 
 
5.0
Scenery 
 
5.0
Corners 
 
4.0
Road Surface 
 
4.0
Traffic 
 
4.0
Passing 
 
4.0
Police and speed enforcement 
 
4.0
greg Reviewed by greg June 22, 2012
Last updated: March 24, 2013
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Col de I'Iseran

If your in this part of the Alps, you shouldn't miss this route, one of the great ones.

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