It's best to set aside a whole day for this anthology, which requires both energy and time. But it's well worth it once you get to the top of the pass! You will be rewarded with a 360° view over Savoy and Isère in high-altitude scenery that is often a backdrop for the Tour de France.
About : The Col de la Croix de Fer and the Col du Glandon by e-bike
From Vaujany, this long ride starts with a downhill stretch. Make the most of this time to relax! Once at the Lac du Verney, turn right to start the climb up to the pass. Just before the village of Le Rivier the gradient reaches 10%, but you can then rest your legs on a flat part followed by a downhill section. You then have a long climb up to the Col de la Croix de Fer.
On the way back down, make a detour to the Col du Glandon to admire the view. Once back at the Lac du Verney, take the road to Vaujany.
This is a long ride, so ask the rental outlet for advice about battery life and schedule a stop to recharge.
Recharging: restaurants in Le Rivier d'Allemond, Col de la Croix de Fer and at the Col du Glandon.
Refreshments and restaurants during the ride:
Le Rivier d'Allemond
Col du Glandon
Points of interest en-route:
The village of Le Rivier with its sheepfold, restaurant and museum
The Grand Maison dam - one of the largest dams in Europe: 550m long, 140m high and containing 140 million m3 of water. Grand Maison is the most powerful dam in France, producing energy equivalent to 2 nuclear reactors...
The Col de la Croix de Fer and the Col du Glandon
Market: Friday mornings in Vaujany in the square next to the cable car
Craft: Thermiksboard à Vaujany - Museum: Musée de la Faune wildlife museum, Vaujany. Free entry.
The House of the Ibex (Maison du Bouquetin) and the Espace York Mallory in Le Rivier d'Allemond.
J+ : 2700 m
Map and GPX marking
The Col de la Croix de Fer and the Col du Glandon by e-bike
From 15/06 to 31/10.
Free of charge