Cycling Col de la Bonette Jausiers

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Col de la Bonette - Jausiers

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Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 6.6 %

Length: 24 km

Altitude start: 1213 m

Altitude top: 2802 m

Ascent: 1589 m

Maximum: 9 %

Col de la Bonette rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 307 (all)
Ranking France: 46 (all)
Ranking Alps: 96(all)
Difficulty score: 160.42 what?

Col de la Bonette ratings

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The Col de la Bonette is situated in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur. This climb belongs to the Alps. Starting from Jausiers, the Col de la Bonette ascent is 24 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1589 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 6.6 %. The maximum slope is 9 %.

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Since 2005, the Col de la Bonette will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Giro d'Italia 2016 :  Guillestre - Sant’Anna di Vinadio on 28/05/2016

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Story by Giebens Ivan from Antwerp, Belgium, submitted on 24/07/2017 11:55:19
We did the climb from Jausier on 7/7/17 with Sunweb team and think pink.

Except the flemish ardens, I had no experiens with climbing, and boy, when you reach the top, it''s so amazing. I did it in 131 min, with two photostops.
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Story by Brian Adamson from Strasbourg, France, submitted on 12/06/2012
A long climb rather than a difficult one. Be prepared for wind as you near the top. The Cime (the small road around the summit) can be closed as late as mid-June. Great views all along the way.
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Story by rob paul from millhaven, ontario, Canada, submitted on 03/05/2012
I rode the Bonette following the Tour in 2008. It''s definately a long old slog. As most of the accents I do following the tour, I like to challenge myself attempting to do them in large chainring. Was almost successful all but the last k, just couldn''t do it at the 18 percent. Maybe next time.
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Story by Jack Battle from Waimea HI, United States, submitted on 30/09/2011
After climbing the cols d''Allos and De Pontis the 2 previous days, I did this big boy on 20/9/2011. It was a challenge for me (at 65) to do it all in one long 2 hour pull. More than half was in the 8 - 10% range. The last 500m was ~18%. The alpine scenery, particularly that above timberline, was spectacular. En route I saw ibex grazing with sheep. This is the grandest of the 7 cols in the Barcelonette region of the Alpes du Sud, with the last half within the remote protected Parc Nationale du Mercantour.
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Story by james blair from New Radnor, United Kingdom, submitted on 24/09/2011
Climbed from Jausiers, on a Raid Alpine trip, in perfect weather, warm at lower levels and not too chill higher. A really enjoyable steady climb; lower part I wondered where it would go as it headed up into a valley head guarded by rock parapets; but then the road swung off and climbed tenaciously around to reach a high open valley. From here landscape really opens out, sweeping views and sight of the Cime in distance.

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

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Story by Thomas from Gouda, The Netherlands, submitted on 18/07/2010
I climbed this col yesterday... Its a beautiful col but i think the profile is not correct.. The last part of the climb is very steep, i think 15-20% and here its 5.2 %. I think its not the hardest col i ever did because i climbed col du noyer from the hard side and I had more pain there than at the col de la bonette.
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Story by Cyclingdude from , Norway, submitted on 27/11/2008
When I did it this summer, my GPS showed 14-15% at the most on this climb. The climb is not directly tough and steep before you feel the height. Its the heighest with a road in Europe. We had a race up to it, and with 190 bpm ++ the last three hundred meters, we were really tired on the top.
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Story by Houben from Brussels, Belgium, submitted on 18/09/2007
beautiful climb, but the last part between the col and the CIME de la Bonnette is really difficult. You have access to the Cime from two directions (as it is really a loop around the mountain top). Is there anyone who has specific information on the grades. The 6 percent indicated here seems significantly less than the last 900 meters. Thanks
Story by Harm Selten from Tilburg, Netherlands, submitted on 20/10/2006
Col de la bonette is not a very difficult climb, but very long (25 KM) When you climb up you cant see the top, only the last thew kilometers. The last Kilometer is the hardest one with parts of more then 10%.

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