For years you have heard the names, now learn their locations. Every year A.S.O., the organizers of the Tour de France, manage to vary the competition by changing the order, combination, or direction that the riders race over these famous Cols.
The 2012 Tour de France may not contain some of the most famous climbs of years past, but that doesn't mean you should not allow time to go climb one or two. I have included some of these other famous climbs (not included in the 2012 TdF route) on the map below.
Take a closer look ....
|Climbs in and near the 2012 Tour de France click image to enlarge |
Cote de Corlier: 6.4 km at 5.5 percent (762 m)
Col du Grand Colombier: 17.4 km at 7.1 percent (1501 m)
If you are in the area also consider climbing: Col de Colombiere, Col des Aravis, Col de la Forclaz, Col du Tamie.
|Map of climbs near Stage 10, 2012 Tour de France click image to enlarge |
|Stage 10 2012 Tour de France profile|
Tour de France Stage 11: La Toussuire
Col de la Madeleine: 25.3 km at 6.2 percent (2000 m)
Col du Glandon: 21.3 km at 6.9% (1924 m)
Col de la Croix-de-Fer: 22.4 km at 6.9 percent (2067 m)
Col du Mollard: 5.77 km at 6.8 percent (1638 m)
La Toussuire: 18 km at 6.1 percent (1705 m)
If you are in the area also consider climbing: Col du Tamie, Cormet de Roseland, Col du Glandon, Alpe d'Huez, Col du Lautaret, Col du Galibier, Col de Telegraphe.
Read Cycling Challenge ride reports: La Maurienne Valley – 7 of the best climbs in France and Col de la Croix de Fer & La Toussuire or a previous post by Pedal Dancer Col du Glandon and Col de la Croix de Fer
|Map of climbs near Stage 11, 2012 Tour de France click image to enlarge |
|Stage 11 2012 Tour de France profile|
Tour de France Stage 12: Annonay
Col du Grand Cucheron: 12.5 km at 6.5 percent (1188 m)
Col du Granier: 9.7 km at 8.6 percent (1134 m)
|Stage 12 2012 Tour de France profile|
|Region of Rhône-Alpes in France|
French Words of the Day:
Col = collar, in cycling it means "pass"
Montagne = mountain
Passage de montagne = mountain pass
Montée = climb
Grimpeur = climber
Je veux aller au Tour de France = I want to go to the Tour de France
Visit the official Tour de France website for more 2012 course information. The actual stage route maps have not yet been published (Dec 2011). To read more about the climbs in the Alps visit Grenoble Cycling Pages