Note: Due to the extreme and unparralled beauty of the upper half of this climb, we have included more photos than we normally do, split the bottom and top portions of the climb (leading with the top half) and set the slideshow at 4 seconds for the upper and 3 seconds for the lower half of the climb. Bottom half slideshow is below.
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Alternate route around the tunnel
Hover cursor over segment slices, below, for exact grade of a particular segment.
Photos of top half of climb (note - photos of first half of climb are at the bottom of this Climb Page)
Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.
Metric / U.S.
Note: Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Colle de Nivolet RideWithGPS page. Hover over the distance line at the spot you would like to begin a sub-segment for this climb. Click your mouse on the start point and drag the vertical graphing line the distance you wish to obtain sub-detail from, then release the mouse at the end point. This will give you the following sub-detail for the selected segment in the “Metrics” window top right of the page: (a) distance, (b) Elevation gained and lost, (c) max grade, (d) average grade (e) that segment's climb category – e.g. Cat 1, HC, etc., and (f) FIETS score for the segment.
Lower half of the climb
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