The Col de Larche by bike
The ascent of the pass by bike can be done by the west side from Jausiers, or lower from Barcelonnette for the most daring. The route is more than 23 kilometers long with 775 meters of difference in altitude and an average slope of 3.5%, for maximums of 5.5%. However, the first 5 kilometers are forbidden to pedestrians, tractors and bicycles because of the risk of landslides.
On the other side, from the eastern slope to Vinadio, there are more than 31 kilometers with a difference in height of 1,087 meters and an average slope of 3.5% with a maximum of 7%. This slope is totally authorized for bicycles.
The road that leads to the Col de Larche is relatively accessible but has difficult passages on each side. Once at the top, on the Italian side, you will be able to reach the lake of the Madeleine, but also to observe the stele which celebrates the victory of Fausto Coppi during the Giro of 1949.
Because of its dangerous nature, the Col de Larche has never been climbed by the Tour de France. On the other hand, it was a stage of the Tour of Italy, during the 1949 edition, on the 17th stage Cuneo – Pignerol. It was the Italian Fausto Coppi who won the stage.