CyclingUp: Pra Loup

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Region: French Alps
Climbing effort: 320 points
Elevation meters: 488
Steepest kilometer: 8.0%

Steepest 250 m: 9%
Foot: 1138 m    Top: 1624 m
Mean slope: 6.2%
Length: 7.9 km

From: Barcelonnette
Road conditions (2013): good
Other race bikers: 5-10 per hour
Motor vehicles: 10-30 per hour
Scenerie and road: (2/5)
Restaurant or bar near top: yes



This is a short (488 elevation meters), quite popular climb over a wide, comfortable road to the ski resort of Pra Loup. My profile starts where the road to the Col d'Allos splits from the route to the Col de la Cayolle, ~2 km from Barcelonnette. The slope is quite regular and has a mean value of 6.2%, with a slightly steeper part (up to 8%) between the third and the fourth of the five hair pin turns. The tour ends in Pra Loup 1600 where the road ends with a loop that should be done up to its highest point. Despite the nice views on the Vallée de l'Ubaye and the high mountains behind it, I did not have a feeling of driving through nature due to the ski resort and the wide road.

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