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Col du Lautaret (2055)m

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Often ignored because of its location below the Col du Galibier the Col du Lautaret is still a huge climb. The western descent in used in the La Marmotte Sportive as it runs back to the base of Alpe d'Huez. You can also climb it from Briançon after riding the Col d'Izoard

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From Bourg d'Oisans  - west - [Average gradient: 3.8% - Maximum gradient : 5.9% - Distance 34.2km - Height gain 1312m]

From Briançon - east - [Average gradient: 3.1% - Maximum gradient : 5.2% - Distance 28km - Height gain 853m]

The Col du Lautaret is a crossroads on most of tours and at 2055 metres a fairly high one. Sitting at the bottom of the Col du Galibier it is often overlooked. You can approach the climb from our base in Bourg d'Oisans (west) or from Briancon (east).

The western descent of the Col du Lautaret features in the La Marmotte cycling Sportive in July. The western approach of the Col du Lautaret contains some tunnels up to 800metres in length. They tend to be lit but it is recommended to take lights with you.  At the top of the Lautaret you will also find a choice of places to eat or grab a drink and a rest.

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