Col de la Morte and Col Du ornon
A constant up and down
Ready for Stage Two? After a relaxing evening and restful night, it’s time to get riding again. Despite there being no “really big” climbs this day, the second stage of the tour will have you tackling 107 km and 2200 altitude meters.
The first challenge of the route is the Col d’Ornon, reaching its peak at 1379 m. Starting from the small village of la Paute, it boasts a 14.2 km ascent through the shaded forest, with an average gradient of approximately 5.7%. After a quick stop for refreshments at the top, a swift descent awaits us, leading to the village of La Mure.
Once the water bottles are refilled, the Col de la Morte presents itself as the final challenge of the second stage. A second-category mountain, it’s been featured in the Tour de France an impressive eight times. The route offers a 21 km climb with an average gradient of 3.3%, taking us through various charming French villages. However, the serene surroundings should not lull us into complacency, as the final meters of this stage tighten up considerably.
Upon reaching the summit, most of the work is now done. From here, we’ll enjoy a steady downhill spin through the stunning scenery, back into the valley towards Allemond. Once there, it’s time to put our feet up and prepare as best as possible for the following day’s epic stage.