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Col de la Colombiere D4/D119 Patrick Hot

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Written by Patrick     October 15, 2012    
 
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D4, 74450 Saint-Jean-de-Sixt, France, Rhone-Alpes

Rue de la Garette, 74300 Cluses, France, Rhone-Alpes

Location

Address
D4, 74450 Saint-Jean-de-Sixt, France

General Route

Route Type
Mountains
Distance
37,645
Duration
2,910
(Partial) toll road
false
This road may be seasonally closed
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Col de la Colombière (el. 1613 m.) is in the department of Haute-Savoie in France and is part of The Route des Grandes Alpes. It connects Cluses in the Arve valley with Le Grand-Bornand in the Borne valley. The road then leads further to Annecy or over Col des Aravis to the Arly valley and is situated between the Massif des Bornes to the north-west and the Chaîne des Aravis to the south-east.

This route can be ridden either direction, but for this review we are riding north east towards Cluses. Starting at Saint- Jean-de-Sixt you wind your way up to the Col. The road had a number of strait and sweeping corners punctuated by several series of hairpin bends. You are motoring though some of the most beautiful scenery in the alps here- and the summit is certainly worthy of a stop and offers great views in both directions.

The north side of the col is similar. When you arrive at Le Reposoir you have a choice; you can either proceed down the D4 or lake a right ad head down the D119. The D4 is much easier, but carries most of the traffic. The D119 is more narrow, but is stunningly beautiful as you thread your way down a sheer cliff face into Cluses.

There are some great sections of road on this route and it really should not be missed if you are riding in this area.

We rate this a medium difficulty route.

Editor review

Bucket list route!
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4.3
User Overall Summary 
 
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Patrick Reviewed by Patrick October 16, 2012
Last updated: October 19, 2012
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Col de la Colombiere D4/D119

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