Col de la Loze is France’s seventh-highest mountain pass (2,304m).
If you’re planning on climbing the Col de la Loze climb, make sure you’re prepared for a tough challenge. But with stunning views and a sense of achievement waiting for you at the top, it’s definitely worth the effort.
The Col de la Loze is one of the many Hors Catégorie (HC) climbs in the French Alps.
There are two ways up the Col de la Loze;
- From Brides-les-Bains via Méribel (northwest)
- From Courchevel (northeast)
Starting point : Brides-les-Bains
Brides-les-Bains is located 6km southeast of Moûtiers. It’s highly recommended that you refuel at Moûtiers before climbing the Col de la Loze.
The actual Strava segment begins at Brides-les-Bains. The Col de la Loze climb from Brides-les-Bains is 22.2km long and averages 7.3%.
Pace yourself accordingly, as the last 6km is considerably steeper, with more than 10% gradients for a sustained period.
|Col de la Loze from Brides les Bains|
|Strava segment||Col de la Loze from Brides les Bains|
Starting point : Courchevel
Courchevel is located northeast of Col de la Loze.
You’ll start the climb at a high elevation (1,752m) and finish at a 2,309m altitude. The climb is 8.8km long and averages 6.3%.
|Col de la Loze from Valloire|
|Strava segment||Col de la Loze from Courchevel|
Col de la Loze in the Tour de France
Col de la Loze has only featured once in the Tour de France. It hosted the summit finish of Stage 17 in 2020, won by Colombian rider Miguel Ángel López.
The peloton climbed from Brides-les-Bains via Méribel. The Col de la Loze was the highest finish point of the 2020 Tour de France.