Col du Tra was part of the Haute Route for the first time in 2016. Not as well known as the big name climbs we have near us but it’s in every way as challenging due to its consistently steep gradient.
A hidden gem just a few kilometres from Moûtiers. You leave the main road and turn onto what is an outstanding stretch of tarmac. Usually traffic-free, it’s made for cyclists, and is a real test.
With switchback after switchback and many sections at gradients over 10%, it’s like a turbo Alpe d’Huez. If you take a look at the map you’ll see why.
Once reaching the small village of Notre-Dame-du-Pré and cresting the summit at 1300m you are treated to an ultra-quick, super-flowing descent which takes you onto the quiet back road to Landry, which is at the foot of the 12k climb to our chalet. We always reach the foot of this descent with a huge grin on our faces.
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