Cycling the Col du Mont Cenis from Lanslebourg (2081m - French side)

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Thursday, 26 October 2017

Cycling the Col du Mont Cenis from Lanslebourg (2081m - French side)

After the Col d'Agnel, Col Montgenevre and the Col de la Lombarde, this climb to the Col du Mont Cenis was our fourth visit to the French-Italian border this year. The road itself, from Lanslebourg, is a bit of an offshoot from the long, southern approach to the Col de l'Iseran but one that is well worth trying. With a 6.9% average over 9.8km (a climb of 682 metres), this is not one of the hardest climbs we've done, but with a few sections at over 11% it is still a very good workout and it's nice to be able to get up and down again in under an hour or so. Apparently this road was first built in 1800 under Emperor Napoloean I, a fact commemorated with some fun monuments at the top.

Here are some of our pictures...














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