Average grade: 6.6 %
Length: 24 km
Height start: 1213 m
Height top: 2802 m
Elevation gain: 1589 m
Once in this higher valley the road climbs steadily still, never too steep but also with little respite sections. Just keep gear low at this altitude and enjoy! The final loop was steep, my Garmin showed 12-14% at places and at >2700m altitude it was hard, glad for a compact with 29T cog. Lots of other cyclists too, some spinning their way up on MTB gearing others rather struggling.
And then a fantastic descent down through the old miltary town / fortifications and onto the much photographed series of hairpins.
A superb climb, a highlight of my week
Col de la Bonette from Jausiers in 3D, on Googleearth!
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