Ride the Izoard Pass by bike
A stage of the Tour de France, the Izoard Pass is also part of the Embrunman Triathlon route as well as the Tour d’Italie Giro and the Criterium Dauphiné.
You can ascent the pass by bike from Briançon, on the north side. It will take you about 19 kilometers to reach the summit with an average slope of 6%, 9% for the maximum, and 1,185 meters of difference in height. It is also possible to start from the south side, at Guillestre, which is considered as the most mythical passage. With more than 31 kilometers to cover, an average slope of 4.4% (11% maximum) and 1,440 metres of difference in altitude, you will need to be well trained.
The Tour de France has passed over the Col de l’Izoard 36 times since 1922. It is the Belgian Philippe Thys who was the winner of this event that year. Over the years, the pass has become a real reference for the Tour. Several champions have made their legend on the pass such as Gino Bartali, Coppi, Bobbet, but also Eddy Merckx, Greg Lemon, Lance Armstrong… The Izoard pass has moreover obtained the label Route du Tour which reinforces the tourist attraction of the site. Every year, the pass continues to attract many visitors, passionate about the great loop.