• Col de la Bonette (2802m)

Col de la Bonette (2715m)

Highest paved road in Europe: 2802 m

As part of the « Brevet des 7 cols » the Thousands have dreamt of it and have been blown away by the experience... When attempting the final of the seven cols, the highest road pass in France, a sign just outside Jausiers announces the challenge ahead "Route de la Bonette 2 807 m - The highest paved road in Europe".

In spite of the 24 kilometre climb and 1 600 m height gain, the col is still achievable because of the steady gradient which stays between 7 and 9 %, with the exception of the final kilometre where it rises to over 10 % ! Only those who have paced themselves will be rewarded.

Finally time to go all out ? It’s an urge that needs controlling throughout the ascent ; a window of opportunity to reach the holy grail. At the summit the sensation is almost as unforgettable as the view - breathtaking!

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Start: Barcelonnette 1 135 m

Difference in height: 1 667 m on 32 km

Average slope: 6,6 %

Maximum slope: 9 %

Card-punching machine: at the top of the pass

You'll love

Pedalling through the Mercantour National Park, with its variety of landscapes: dense forests, alpine meadows populated with sheep and the lunar scenery of the summit.

A little local knowledge

A visit to the little chapel of Notre-Dame du Très-Haut, the patron of the col is in order! The panoramic map on the circuit around « Cime de la Bonette » offers incomparable views over the Tinée valley and into Italy (Mont Viso).

On the way down Halte 2 000 boasts the perfect terrace for a little refreshment.

A word from a cyclist

"Hard work, but what do you guys expect from the highest road in Europe ? The last mile or so is a killer! Views from the summit are absolutely breathtaking, you can see for miles. A word of warning - it’s freezing cold once you stop climbing !"

How to get there


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