Col du Grand Colombier Climb Profile

By : Mr Mamil
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Col du Grand Colombier, often referred to as the Grand Colombier (1,531m) is a mountain pass in the Jura mountains in France. Many often confuse the Grand Colombier with another climb with a similar name, the Col de la Colombière, but they’re not the same.

There are two ways to climb Col du Grand Colombier.

  • From Culoz (south)
  • From Anglefort (southwest)

For those who want more climbing, the Col de la Biche is only 12km away from the Col du Grand Colombier summit. It’s very common for cyclists to combine these two climbs into a single ride.

Starting point : Culoz

Culoz is a small town with a population of 3,000 inhabitants. It’s located to the northeast of Col du Grand Colombier.

The climb from Culoz to the Col du Grand Colombier is categorized as a Hors Catégorie (HC) climb. It’s 17.4km long and averages 6.9%.

Col du Grand Colombier from Culoz
Distance17.4km
Climb categoryHC
Elevation gain1,219m
Minimum elevation272m
Maximum elevation1,479m
Average gradient6.9%
Maximum gradient16.0%
Strava segmentCol du Grand Colombier from Culoz

Starting point : Anglefort

Anglefort is located southwest of Col du Grand Colombier. The climb up from Anglefort is 15.2km with an average gradient of 7.6%

At the summit, you either descend into Artemare via D120 or Col de la Biche via D123.

Col du Grand Colombier from Anglefort
Distance15.2km
Climb categoryHC
Elevation gain1,164m
Minimum elevation322m
Maximum elevation1,479m
Average gradient7.6%
Maximum gradient14.5%
Strava segmentCol du Grand Colombier from Anglefort

Col du Grand Colombier in the Tour de France

Compared to other famous French mountain passes, the Col du Grand Colombier only made its Tour de France debut on Stage 10 in 2012. French rider Thomas Voeckler was the first to the summit and went on to win the stage in Bellegarde-sur-Valserine.

In 2016, the Col du Grand Colombier was used on Stage 14, where it was the second to last climb before finishing at Culoz.

In 2017, the Col du Grand Colombier was the second to last climb on Stage 9 that passed through Col de Cuvery, Col de la Biche, and Mont du Chat before finishing in Chambery.