• Col de Pontis (1301m)

Col de Pontis (1301m)

Small but tough!

Take the south-facing slope of the valley and follow the Ubaye river as far as the ancient village of Ubaye, of which just the cemetery remains. The village was drowned during the construction of the dam but the cemetery was moved beforehand.

The climb to the col is short, barely 5 kilometres but rustic ; a small, winding, gritty road frequented by local wildlife and dotted with plants. The gradients are also "old school", with sections of 9, 11, 10 and 8 %.

For the cyclist coasting alongside the Serre-Ponçon lake, the col de Pontis is a brutal transition. Better to take it steady and let everyone find their own rhythm!

Profile

Departure: Barcelonnette 1 135 m.
Difference in height: 506 m from Ubaye village
Average slope: 10,1 %.
Maximum slope: 17 %.
Card-punching machine: at the top of the pass

You'll love

The successive fabulous views over the Serre-Ponçon lake, each one more beautiful than the last.

A little local knowledge

At the entrance to the village of Pontis the forest of La Hêtraie looks like home to Merlin the wizard.

If your legs are in agreement, indulge yourself with a little clambering in the trees, or if not, try one of the adjacent lakeside beaches or the view-point of Sauze-du-Lac.

A word from a cyclist

"Rather a battered road leads up to the col, but if your bike’s up to it the forest at the top makes it well worth the climb - Magical."