The best reason to bike to the Pré de Madame Carle
are the final 5 kilometers after the passage of Ailefroide.
A largely steep (~10%) and narrow road climbs up a superbly beautiful valley.
The forest here is sparse enough to enable
views on the surroundings mountains,
the verge of the road is full of purple flowers
and towards the end of the tour Glacier Blanc can be seen (in 2013!).
Unfortunately for cyclists this glacier is, on sunny summer days,
the aim for many tourists with their cars.
The tour starts at the bridge over the Durance in
and follows the busy D994e until Vallouise.
Biking becomes nicer after Vallouise
when several villages skirt the road.
After driving through a short tunnel
true climbing begins with a 2 kilometer long section of moderate
steepness (8%) followed by an easier part until Ailefroide.
The most beautiful and challenging part then completes the climb.