Col de la Croix Fry Climb Profile

By : Mr Mamil
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The Col de la Croix Fry is a mountain pass in the Haute-Savoie department in France. It sits at an altitude of 1,467m above sea level in the Chaîne des Aravis. It’s between the ski resort of La Clusaz and Manigod. The ski village of La Croix Fry is situated at the summit.

Other popular climbs, such as the Col des Aravis and Col de la Colombière just around the corner.

There are two ways to climb Col de la Croix Fry.

  • From Chamossière (west), via Manigod
  • From La Clusaz (north)

Starting point : Chamossière

Chamossière is 1.7km south of Thones. From Chamossière, the climb up to Col de la Croix Fry is 11.1km long and averages 7.1%.

The climb can be split into three; the first 3km has gradients between 6 to 8%, before a false flat for 2km, followed by the last 6km that averages between 7 to 10%.

Col de la Croix Fry from Chamossière
Distance11.1km
Climb category1
Elevation gain835m
Minimum elevation635m
Maximum elevation1,424m
Average gradient7.1%
Maximum gradient12.4%
Strava segmentCol de la Croix Fry from Chamossière
Col de la Croix Fry from Chamossière

Starting point : La Clusaz

La Clusaz is a popular ski resort near the French-Swiss border. Saint-Jean-de-Sixt is only 3km away from La Clusaz and is a good place to refuel before climbing up to Col de la Croix.

From La Clusaz, the climb up to Col de la Croix Fry is only 6.5km long and averages 6%.

Col de la Croix Fry from La Clusaz
Distance6.5km
Climb category2
Elevation gain397m
Minimum elevation1,070m
Maximum elevation1,463m
Average gradient6.0%
Maximum gradient11.1%
Strava segmentCol de la Croix Fry from La Clusaz

Col de la Croix Fry in the Tour de France

Col de la Croix Fry is a Category 1 climb. It featured in the Tour de France five times in 1994, 1997, 2004, 2013, and 2018.

In 2018, Julian Alaphilipe won a very hilly Stage 10. The peloton climbed Col de la Croix Fry from Thones and descended into Saint-Jean-de-Sixt. Col de la Croix Fry was the second of the five climbs on this stage that finished in Le Grand-Bornand.