Retour Pre de madame Carle 41 km/1010 altimeters
A nice climb to warm up and enjoy the scenery of the Parc des Ecrins. The tour starts with a through hairpins dominated descent to the charming village of Vallouise. We continue the road towards Pelvoux, on a road false flat up. After the tunnel the serious climb begins, although the steepest part begins after Ailefroide. Till the campsite of Ailefroide, where you can fill your bottle, the road goes up nicely through the forest. The next 4 kilometers after Ailefroide are a tough climb with a gradient up to 11%. The last kilometer is an almost flat cooling-down to refuge Pré de Madame Carle. The last kilometer you drive through the high mountains with a magnificant view at the Glacier Blanc. The hardest part of the descent is also in the first kilometers, steep, the road is not that good and the hairpins follow one another quickly. After some quiet pedaling you start with a 4 kilometer climb to Puy Saint Vincent, back ‘home’.