Route: Col d’Ornon
Distance: 20 miles
Ascent: 2,200 – 5,600 ft
Information: Approximately 5 km from Bourg d’Oisans is the start of the climb to the Col d’Ornon (last used in the Tour de France in 2002).
This climb although never steep is harder than it looks which is probably due to the long straights (a rarity in the Alpes).
Throughout the climb you very much remain in the valley and this gives the climb a slightly intimidating feel. The road surface is good and the gradient is never too steep so makes a perfect cycle climb for tired legs.