The Col des Saisies is a regular feature in the Tour de France. It climbs to an altitude of 1650m linking Flumet/Megeve in the Val d'Arly with the Beaufortain Valley.
The road up from the Beaufort side is 15km with a height gain of 950m. The climb has an average gradient of about 6.5% but it can get hot on this road making it a bit more difficult.
The road up from Flumet is just under 15km but is easier than the Beaufort side with an average gradient of 5%.
At the top of the climb is the ski resort of 'Les Saisies'.
MAP OF THE COL DES SAISIES
ROAD BIKE ON THE COL DES SAISIES
The Col des Saisies is a nice ride from both sides, we tend to ride it from the Beaufort side. To get to the start of the climb there is 15km drag up from Albertville before the real climb begins.
The climb is a fairly steady 6-8% for the entire ride. There are a couple of places where it ramps up a bit steeper but not for too long. At 8km there is a short descent.