April 11, 2012 - 3.0
This is a fairly busy commercial road, and is full of holiday makers on the weekends and in July and August. There are at least two speed cameras I can recall, and it's common to see gendarmes on it. All that said, the scenery is great, the road is nicely laid out, the surface is pretty good, and it's a fine place to have some fun riding.
For each of the past two summers we have based near Briancon for our Alps riding vacation, so pretty much any ride north or west begins and ends on the Col du Lauteret. It's always a good warm up before heading up to the higher passes, or a bit of romp to end our day. Not challenging like the high passes, more playful in nature.