TOP 25 - BEST DEUX MILLE CLIMBS

Consensus list based on inputs from our members

TOP 25 OVER THE BEST DEUX MILLE CLIMBS

There are spectacular ones, there are tough ones and there are legendary ones. We have asked notable members to populate their list of best Deux Mille climbs, taking everything into consideration. Without further ado, here is the consensus list.

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#25 COL DE LA CAYOLLE

From: Bayasse 
Altitude: 2,315 m
Length: 8.9 km
Avg. gradient: 5.9%

Keywords: Solitude. Rough landscape. More great climbs in the area. 

#24 CALAR ALTO

From: Gergal
Altitude: 2,156 m
Length: 23.1 km
Avg. gradient: 6.2% 

Keywords: Panoramic. Rough roads. Quiet. Dry landscape.

 

 

 

#23 STEINIGBODA

From: Nufenen 
Altitude: 2,018 m
Length: 4.8 km
Avg. gradient: 9.6%

Keywords: Hidden gem. Old farmer road, barely paved. Very steep.

#22 COLLADO SABINA

From: Visitantes El Dornajo
Altitude: 2,136 m
Length: 7.1 km
Avg. gradient: 6.7%

Keywords: Hipster climb. Side road from Granada to Sierra Nevada. Solitude.

#21 LAC BESSON (HUEZ)

From: Le Bourg d’Oisans
Altitude: 2,080 m
Length: 16.6 km
Avg. gradient: 7.4%

Keywords: The famous 21 hairpins of L’Alpe d’Huez plus four more kilometers.

#2O CROIX DE FER

From: Le Verney
Altitude: 2,067 m
Length: 23.6 km
Avg. gradient: 5.1%

Keywords: Iconic climb. Known from La Marmotte Grandfondo. Goes on forever.

#19 COL DU SANETSCH

From: Conthey
Altitude: 2,232 m
Length: 24.0 km
Avg. gradient: 6.9%

Keywords: Shifting landscape: vineyards, forest, switchbacks, the gletcher, tunnels in the rocks and the dam.

#18 ST GOTTHARD PASS

From: Hospental
Altitude: 2,091 m
Length: 9.0 km
Avg. gradient: 6.7%

Keywords: Cobblestone climb. 38 hairpins. Important north-south axis in Europe.

#17 PASSO GARDENA

From: Corvara
Altitude: 2,133 m
Length: 9.0 km
Avg. gradient: 6.3%

Keywords: TBA.

#16 PETIT ST BERNARD

From: Seez
Altitude: 2,188 m
Length: 27.1 km
Avg. gradient: 4.6%

Keywords: Long but easy climb. Picturesque. Bourg-Saint-Maurice is the home of Deux Mille climbs.

#15 SUSTENPASS

From: Gadmen
Altitude: 2,205 m
Length: 14.7 km
Avg. gradient: 7.1%

Keywords: Bucket list climb in Switzerland. Giant. Tunnels. Little traffic.

#14 COL DE LA BONETTE

From: Jausiers
Altitude: 2,715 m
Length: 22.0 km
Avg. gradient: 6.4%

Keywords: Second highest pass in France. Army monuments along the road. Legendary climb.

#13 COL MADELEINE

From: Frisson-sur-Isère
Altitude: 2,000 m
Length: 24.7 km
Avg. gradient: 6.1%

Keywords: Legendary. Beautiful. Never seems to end. One to be proud of. 

 

#12 PASSO PORDOI

From: Canazei
Altitude: 2,256 m
Length: 12.3 km
Avg. gradient: 6.6%

Keywords: Coppi momument. TBA.

#11 TRE CIME LAVAREDO

From: Cortina d’Ampezzo
Altitude: 2,279 m
Length: 21.5 km
Avg. gradient: 4.7%

Keywords: Very hard work. Tremendous scenery. Amazing place.

#10 COL DU SABOT

From: Le Verney
Altitude: 2,130 m
Length: 14.4 km
Avg. gradient: 9.0%

Keywords: Brutal. Solitude. Road to nowhere. Perfect.

#9 KAUNERTALER

From: Gepatsch Stausee
Altitude: 2,750 m
Length: 11.6 km
Avg. gradient: 8.3%

Keywords: Brutal climb. Steep. Solitude. Magnificent view at the top.

#8 SAN BERNARDINO 

From: Hinterrhein
Altitude: 2,066 m
Length: 7.7 km
Avg. gradient: 5.9%

Keywords: Short. Fun. Easy. Plenty of hairpins.

#7 PASSO GAVIA

From: Ponte di Legno
Altitude: 2,617 m
Length: 16.0 km
Avg. gradient: 8.1%

Keywords: Tunnels, forest, lakes, cracked roads, gletchers, long and never ending. The total package.

#6 COLLE DEL NIVOLET 

From: Borgiallo
Altitude: 2,587 m
Length: 15.4 km
Avg. gradient: 6.4%

Keywords: Extremely beautiful climb. Third highest pass in Italy. Great hairpins. Famous dams/lakes.

#5 COL DU GALIBIER

From: Valloire 
Altitude: 2,642 m
Length: 18.1 km
Avg. gradient: 6.8%

Keywords: Most popular Deux Mille climb. Epic. Rough. Relentless final half.

#4 COL DU TOURMALET 

From: Luz-Saint-Sauveur
Altitude: 2,115 m
Length: 18.9 km
Avg. gradient: 7.4%

Keywords: Becomes increasingly beautiful. Legendary Tour de France climb. Best in the Pyrenees.

#3 PASSO SELLA

From: Canazei
Altitude: 2,228 m
Length: 5.6 km
Avg. gradient: 7.3%

Keywords: The beauty of Sella Ronda.

 

 

 

#2 COL DE L’ISERAN 

From: Val d’Isere
Altitude: 2,770 m
Length: 13.8 km
Avg. gradient: 6.1%

Keywords: Highest pass in Europe. Stunning scenery. In the middle of a Deux Mille hotspot.

#1 PASSO STELVIO

From: Prato allo Stelvio
Altitude: 2,758 m
Length: 23.5 km
Avg. gradient: 7.7%

Keywords: Amazing looking up, amazing looking down. Valley-like landscape turns into 48 numbered hairpins. First through the forest, then, around bend 24, you will get that notorious view with the top visible almost 900 vertical metres above and still with 9k to go. From bend 14 and to the top you ride along the mountain wall. Equal numbered bends gives you a clear measurement of how far away to the top is. The last part has painted kilometer indicators on the road. All of a sudden, they are all there; souvenirs shops, restaurants, hundreds of bikers and the signs to prove you are finally there.

An absolute must-do climb for any col hunter.

 

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