Col de la Croix Fry

The Col de la Croix Fry is a climb situated near to Thônes. It has been used in the Tour de France a handful of times, most recently in 2018. The west side of the climb is steeper, longer and harder than the east from La Clusaz. The east side is a relatively easy 8km at 5%, when compared to the west side of 12km at 7%.

The Climb in Detail

“This category 1 climb may not be the tallest , the steepest, or the most beautiful but the hair pins, cows and chalets make it the most Alpine"


The Ascents

From the West side the real climb starts at the turn-off just outside of Thônes. The grade ramps up to an average of 7.0%. You get some respite as you ride through Manigod, the road winding up with a backdrop of cows and chalets. The second part of the climb is tougher with ramps of up to 10%, before it relents as you reach the top.

The east side of the climb is much easier. Ramps top out at 7%, with most of the climb being 5% or less. After 3.5 kilometres the road to the Croix-Fry forks right, leaving the main road which continues to the Col des Aravis. At this fork it flattens and then climbs again through a forest to the Col top, at about a 6% gradient.


"The view from the cafe at the top really rams home how hard this climb is."

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