Cycling Col de la Bonette Saint Etienne de Tinée

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Col de la Bonette - Saint Etienne de Tinée

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 6.4 %

Length: 25.8 km

Altitude start: 1150 m

Altitude top: 2802 m

Ascent: 1652 m

Maximum: 9 %

Col de la Bonette rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 289 (all)
Ranking France: 43 (all)
Ranking Alps: 89(all)
Difficulty score: 162.39 what?

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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 Saint Etienne de Tinée, the Col de la Bonette ascent is 25.8 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1652 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 6.4 %. 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:
Tour de France 2008 :  Cuneo (Italy) > Jausiers on 22/07/2008

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Story by JP from Mook, The Netherlands, submitted on 28/08/2009
Personally, this is my favorite climb for years now. I have no preference for the Southern or Northern climb: steady, nice ride in a very scenic environment. Especially in July-August it can be very hot, even on high altitude, making it also something special.
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Story by Robbo from , United Kingdom, submitted on 03/08/2008
I have climbed this col from both sides now. The north starts steadily but begins to kick in after about 4km. Then it is steep and fairly relentless, especially in the heat, up to the lake. Here there is a brief respite before the gradient steepens up to an abandoned fortress. the going is easy then until the final kilometre, which is very steep. The south side is much longer but fairly steady all the way. However, when I rode this side the wind made the going tough near the top. The final push after the col de Restefond feels excruciatingly difficult due to the steepness and the altitude. Overall both sides are equally hard for different reasons but both are well worth riding for the views and the sense of achievement. If I had to choose a prefered side, it would probably be the south side as it is quieter and more scenic.
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