• Col Saint-Jean (1333m)

Col Saint-Jean (1333m)

A delightful warm-up

The col de Saint-Jean is a very pleasant ride : after the 20 kilometre descent from Barcelonnette to Le Lauzet, a gentle climb of 13 kilometres leads up to the col with the gradient rarely exceeding 5 or 6 %.

With ideal conditions and light winds, progress is generally easy with the added pleasure of several viewpoints over the Serre-Ponçon lake before the final panorama.

Once past the col, it’s possible to extend the ride by a loop that passes through Seyne-les-Alpes, the col de Maure, Verdaches, the col du Fanget (1 459 m with a short section at 12 %), Selonnet, the col de Fillys (1 322 m) before returning by the same route.


Start: Barcelonnette 1 135 m
Difference in height: 427 m on 33 km
Average slope: 4,3 %
Maximum slope: 7,4 %

You'll love

The exceptional views over the south-east corner of the Serre-Ponçon lake after the climb of Le Pas-de-la-Tour, at the intersection of the D954 / D900, 2 kilometres from Le Lauzet.

A little local knowledge

Pause for a bite at the water’s edge at the lakeside snack-bar in Le Lauzet.

A word from a cyclist

"A lovely ride, especially on a Sunday when there’s little other traffic. Views of the lake are breathtaking and the climb is steady but never too demanding."