Col de la Croix Fry Climb Profile

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Col de la Croix Fry Climb
Col de la Croix Fry

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 in the French Alps.

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 from La Clusaz

Col de la Croix Fry in the Tour de France

Julian Alaphilipe wins 2018 Tour de France Stage 10
Julian Alaphilipe wins 2018 Tour de France, Stage 10

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.

YearStageCategoryStartFinishFirst to summit
2018101AnnecyLe Grand-BornandRudy Molard
2013191Le Bourg-d’OisansLe Grand-BornandRui Costa
2004171Le Bourg-d’OisansLe Grand-BornandFloyd Landis
1997151CourchevelMorzineLaurent Jalabert
1994181MoûtiersClusesPiotr Ugrumov
Col de la Croix Fry appearance at the Tour de France