CORMET DE ROSELEND
The Cormet de Roselend has an elevation of 1967m and connects Bourg St Maurice in the Tarentaise Valley with Beaufort in the Beaufortain Valley.
The climb up from Bourg St Maurice is just over 19 kms long and gains an altitude of 1150m with and average height gain of 6%.
From the Beaufort side the road is 20kms long with a height gain of 1230m, and again the average gradient is 6%. The road passes
The Cormet de Roselend has featured 9 times in the Tour de France, the last time being Stage 17 in 2009 - Bourg St Maurice to Grand Bornand.
MAP OF THE CORMET DE ROSELEND
ROAD BIKE ON THE CORMET DE ROSELEND
The Cormet de Roselend is another classic ride climbing to 1967m. We usually ride it from the Bourg St Maurice side. This can be done from our chalet Grange a Charlotte in Les Allues however we often drive through to Aime and avoid the first half of the Tarentaise Valley up from Moutiers.
From Aime there is a nice 10km warm up ride on the cycle path that follows the river to Bourg St Maurice before the start of the climb.The first few kilometres are steady before reaching a relatively flat section for another couple of kilometres. Over the next 5kms the road continues to climb up through the forest with the gradient getting up to around 8-9% before reaching the next flat stretch of road. .
This section is about 3kms long. At about 7kms to go there is a fantastic view up the valley to the right of the glaciers des Aiguilles. The remaining 6kms are a steady climb to the top of the Cormet de Roselend.
From the top we normally descend down the opposite side, passing lac de Roselend a stunning reservoir about 5km from the top, before continuing down to Beaufort. This village/area is well known for the locally produced Beaufort cheese. Albertville is another 19kms away.