The 2002 Etape has one more major climb than last year – so beware!
Starting at Aime, at about 675 meters, it climbs 19.5km at 6% average to :
Cormet de Roselend: 1968 m View the Col!
After descending to around 675 m again, it climbs 15.5 km at 6 % average to:
Col des Saisies: 1650 m View the Col!
It drops to about 1000 m, then climbs 11.5 km at 5 % average to:
Col de Aravis: 1486m View the Col!
After dropping to about 1000 m again, it climbs 12 km at 5.5 % average to:
Col de la Colombiere: 1600m View the Col!
After that its down hill all the way to Cluses at 520m
The total height climbed is similar to the 2001 Pyrenees epic. It is shorter – but there are no flat bits – its either up hill or down hill!
I’m told there are some spectacular views!