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Col d'Allos - Barcelonnette

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 6.3 %

Length: 17.5 km

Altitude start: 1132 m

Altitude top: 2240 m

Ascent: 1108 m

Col d'Allos rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 1117 (all)
Ranking France: 217 (all)
Ranking Alps: 408(all)
Difficulty score: 112.65 what?

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Barcelonnette, a nice village on 1100 above sea level, is the starting place of the north climb of the Col d"Allos. Barcelonnette itself is certainly worth a visit or short stay, and the place-to-be to attack the Col d"Allos, the Col de la Cayolle, Pra Loup or Super Sauze. The first one is probably the hardest.

The Col d'Allos is situated in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur. This climb belongs to the Alps. Starting from Barcelonnette, the Col d'Allos ascent is 17.5 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1108 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 6.3 %.

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Stories, information and comments from Col d'Allos climbers
Story by peter jansen from perth, Australia, submitted on 09/02/2016
In 1998 on a dutch build batavus bike with tent cooking gear on my own from Rotterdam to Marseille this one on the return.
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Story by Andrew Ord from Castle Douglas, United Kingdom, submitted on 23/02/2015
Climbed this in 2013 and despite it being mid-June we lunched at the top among snowdrifts!

A deceptively hard climb made tougher by, in places, very poor road surfaces. Starkly beautiful.
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Story by Thijs Van Muylem from Ninove, Belgium, submitted on 02/05/2012
This is nice climb on a narrow road with little traffic. If you want to make the loop Allos - Champ - Cayolle I would advise to do it in this order (counterclockwise). The descent to Colmars is on a bigger road. Next one is the col des Champs. The side from Colmars is not really suited for descending. Climbing is no problem as your speed is much lower. The descent to Saint-Martin d''Entraunes is pretty nice.

The final climb is the Cayolle from the south side. This is also a nice one. The north side is probably even a bit more scenic but you can''t have it all :) I guess this loop was the best I have ever done.
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Story by Anthony Mowers from , Switzerland, submitted on 06/05/2011
I road this climb on Saturday May 25th at 7:30 am. It was a bit chilly for the first half hour, but there was no snow alongside the road. It''s really a beautiful ride along a cliffside road, with very little traffic this time of year, and a pretty decent road surface. There are road markers every kilometer telling the kms to top, elevation, and grade. Although it wasn''t a killer climb it was a pretty enough one to rate a 5 star from me, and enough climbing to count as good healthy exercise. It had a few steep sections of 10%+ grade, however there was a enough easy sections that the legs have lots of time to recover. There is a enough variety in the landscape that on a hot day there''d be plenty of tree cover too. Very nice clilmb. However ... I have a bit of a fear of heights so I was a bit afraid going back down the mountain because there is a cliff alongside for many kms. It caused me to go pretty slow a few times. I talked to a local cyclist and he told me they''ve had some deaths on that road from people going of the edge, so I guess I had some reason to be afraid.
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