The col de Montgenèvre by bike
The Col de Montgenèvre has been crossed 10 times by Tour de France riders since 1949. Among the riders who have crossed the pass in the lead are the Italian Gino Bartali in 1949, the Spanish Julio Jiménez in 1966, the French Richard Virenque in 1996 and 1999 and the French Sylvain Chavanel in 2011.
You can climb the Col de Montgenèvre by bike from La Vachette, a hamlet belonging to the municipality of Val des Près. The distance to reach the summit is more than 7 kilometers with a difference in altitude of 494 meters and an average slope of 6.39%, which can reach maximums of 7.7% in some places.
It is also possible to start from Cesana Torinese in Italy. The ascent on this slope is more than 8-kilometer long with a difference in height of 500 meters and an average slope of 6.02%, with sections with maximums of 9.4%.
The Col de Montgenèvre is a great place for cycling. There are many cycling circuits. Descent of the Col de Montgenèvre, ascent of the Col de Sestrières, the Italian roads, Oulx, Bardonnechia, the Col de l’Echelle, Val des Près… The mountain bike area also climbs in high mountains.