Virtual Route of the Week: Col de la Madeleine
Get ready for a lesson in French geography. This week’s route, Col de la Madeleine, is a high mountain pass (el. 1,993 m.) located in the Alps within the French department of Savoie, and connects La Chambre, Maurienne to the communes of Aigueblanche and Feissons-sur-Isère in Tarentaise Valley. Closed from November to the beginning of June, Col de la Madeleine has been described as "beautiful, but heartbreaking" by the Daily Telegraph. It´s classic of the Tour de France since its introduction in 1969 and has been climbed 25 times in that Grad Tour. The last time it was climbed in the Tour, it was in 2013 during 19th stage from Le Bourg – d´Oisans to Le Grand-Bornard. Despite its beauty, it has yet to be the Tour de France’s mountain top finish. This ride boasts 20.4 km of length and an average grade of 7%, with a maximum of about 11% through the steepest parts.