CyclingUp: Col de la Bonette-north

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Region: French Alps
Climbing effort: 1469 points
Elevation meters: 1587
Steepest kilometer: 10.3%

Foot: 1224 m    Top: 2802 m
Mean slope: 6.8%
Length: 23.5 km

From: Jausiers
Road conditions (2013): good
Other race bikers: 10-25 per hour
Motor vehicles: 10-30 per hour
Scenerie and road: (5/5)
Restaurant or bar near top: no



This climb brings the race biker to one of the highest cols of the Alps (2715 m) and from there to the second highest paved road in the Alps (2802 m). Accordingly, the elevation difference is considerable (almost 1600 m). The tour begins in Jausiers at the bifurcation of the D900 and the D64. The climb is never boring, has a number of parts with hair pin turns. Up to the pass the slope is quite regular with many stretches of 8-9% but never more. Early in summer snow covers most of the surroundings in the upper part of the climb. The bonus is the loop around the Cime de la Bonette (2860 m) from the pass, of which only the eastern part was free of snow when I made the climb. It is pretty steep (up to 13%) and brings the cyclist up to 2802 m. Views from the loop are superb. The tour is popular among cyclists, cars are scarce and road conditions generally good.

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