The Col Collective

Col du Glandon French Alps

Views: 30482

Once upon a time there was a guy who thought it would be fun to ride non-stop from Évian to Nice across the heart of the Alps. 11 hours from the start and with 250km in the legs all seemed to be going ok, until he hit the latter slopes of the Glandon and suddenly beauty turned into the beast within. The wind funnels downs from the top of the mountain as the gradient kicks up and hangs above double figures for what seems like forever. However, don’t be put off by my lunacy the Glandon may have made me hurt so very much in the past but it’s also one of the most enchanting mountains I’ve ever experienced and for that reason I find myself continually coming back for more. There are moments when you’re barely moving and then suddenly, as you approach the summit, you can feel pure life being breathed back into your lungs. It’s as if the mountain gods have taken a ribbon of tarmac and thrown it out of the sky from 2,000m to form a 20km playground of pure escapism. Now that’s the sign of a truly special climb. Anyone that’s doing L’Etape du Tour in 2015 is in for an absolute treat.

Why not sign up to our newsletter to get all the latest updates and info from The Col Collective.

Ridden this climb? Upload your ride data to Map My Tracks and get on Col Collective segment leader board.

Kit used for this climb:

Cannondale EVO Hi-Mod Di2

Mavic HC Jersey

Torq Natural Energy Drink

Have you climbed Col du Glandon? Tell us about it below.


Length of climb


Start elevation


Summit elevation


Elevation gain


Gradient (avg)

11% at 17.5km

Gradient (max)

34x28 (minimum)

Gearing suggestion

View on Climb by Bike

More climbs in this region

Col de la Loze
Col de Turini
Col de la Madone
Col de L’Iseran
Cormet de Roselend via Col du Pré
Col de Joux Plane
Welcome to Season Two
Col d’Izoard
Mont Ventoux
Col de la Bonette
Col de la Madeleine
Col de la Croix de Fer
Col d’Izoard
Col de la Bonette
Alpe d’Huez
Mont Ventoux
Col du Galibier