• Col d'Allos (2247m)

Col d'Allos (2247m)

On the trail of the champions

The col d’Allos is a classic climb that allows you to pass from the Ubaye valley, to the source of the Verdon river and on to the Mediterranean coast.

Crossed 33 times by the Tour de France, its challenge lies in a route carved into the rocks themselves, suspended above the Bachelard gorge.

The first serious climb lasts seven kilometres, with a gradient of over 8 %. Something to test your stamina before the chance to recover slightly on the flat around the hamlet of Les Agneliers.

Next, the choice is yours - take it steady on the twisting climb or play at being Faure, Fayolle, Merckx, Hervé, the champions of old who gave it their all on the 10 kilometres at 7 % that snakes up to the col.

At the summit refuge, savour the blueberry tart and admire the chamois on the « Grand Cheval de Bois » just opposite - a taste of paradise...

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Start: Barcelonnette 1 135 m.

Difference in height: 1 115 m on 20 km.

Average slope: 6,3 %.

Maximum slope: 11 %.

Card-punching machine: On the wall of the Allos refuge.

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Cycles rule the road to Allos on Fridays in July and August. Thanks to the local and regional councils all other vehicles are barred from 8am to 11am.

Take advantage of this opportunity to rise to the challenge of Allos under the best possible conditions !

A little local knowledge

On the return trip, why not stop off for a dip at one of the Bachelard’s natural beaches, a chance to soothe the muscles and feel refreshed before the evening.

A word from a cyclist

"A great ride - made even better by the lack of motor-vehicles on Fridays in the summer. On the descent, take time to admire the road itself - an amazing feat of engineering."