Col de la Madeleine

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From the north the Col de la Madeleine is a daunting prospect. Over 26 kilometres in length and climbing up to 2,000 metres elevation certainly doesn't take an Einstein brain to work out it's a serious test for both body and mind. Despite its relentless length I absolutely love the Madeleine. Its true beauty is that it makes you feel as though you're really going on a journey, from forest green, past cascading waterfalls, over stone bridges and beyond. I always have the sense that the Madeleine guards the entrance to the high Alps, as if it's the gatekeeper to the greats. Make it over its summit and the whole world opens up to reveal a playground of peaks including the Glandon, Croix de Fer and Galibier. What a legend, as a cyclist you really can't ask for more.

Start: Feissons sur Isère
Length: 26.3km
Summit: 2,000m
Elevation gain: 1,585m
Average gradient: 6.2%
Max gradient: 11.5%

Source: The Col Collection

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