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Glandon Pass

ST COLOMBAN DES VILLARDS

Most of the mountain passes of the Maurienne Valley have already entered into cycling legend and are part of the history of the Tour de France: the Gladon, Madeleine and Croix de Fer, the Galibier and Télégraphe, Mont Cenis and the Col de l'iseran: the very mention of such names evokes the great cycling champions of the past.

Not for nothing are they referred to as "justices of the peace", for on their slopes the Tour de France can be won or lost. There is something of a paradox in the fact that what is seen by many as cycling heaven can so quickly turn to true cycling hell.

Virtually every year since its inception by Henri Desgrange, La Grande Boucle has featured these mythical cols and given riders such as Fausto Coppi, Anquetil, Merckx, Hinault, Lemond, Indurain and Armstrong to write some of the most inspiring chapters in the history of cycling.
The vertiginous hairpins of these legendary mountain passes are also a traditional challenge for competitors in the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré. And the Brevet de Randonneur des Alpes (BRA) has been attracting several thousand seasoned cyclotourist competitors since 1936. The Super BRA has ascended the Col du Glandon since 1977.

A more recent creation is the Tour Arvan-Villards, which regularly uses the Col du Glandon and Col de la Croix de Fer and attracts entries from several hundred keen cyclotourists for an event involving an altitude gain of 3,500 m.

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