The Col de Tende (Italian: Colle di Tenda) is a mountain pass in the Alps, on the border of France and Italy, at 44°9′ N 7°33.96′ E. It separates the Maritime Alps from the Ligurian Alps. It connects Nice and Tende in Alpes-Maritimes with Cuneo in Piedmont. The altitude of the pass itself is 1870 m. The road and the railroad from Tende to Cuneo pass through a tunnel. This profile goes exactly until the tunnel, where the real climb with all the hairpins starts (as shown on the map). Look for this profile on climbbybike.
The Col de Tende is situated in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur.
This climb belongs to the Alps.
The Col de Tende via Breil sur Roya is ranked number 1153 of the Alps.
This Col de Tende approach starts in Breil sur Roya.
The Col de Tende climb is 29 km long. You gain 989 heightmeters, so the average gradient is 3.4 %.
The climb is ranked 3260 in the world.
Col de Tende via Breil sur Roya: 2 reviews
I did not ride the entire climb as I was staying 5km from the top but I post a warning for roadies. If you use the Col in the hope of reaching Limogne in Italy, you have to take the old road described by Rhys. The main (tarmac) road passes through a 3km tunnel; to narrow for vehicles to pass. Lights control traffic one way at a time, which is why they don''t allow cycling. Mind you the valley is stunning and worth the cycle up for the ride down, and the MTB options are endless. Tende is worth exploring (and has food, cafes, and an outdoor pool, where you can stay all day for 1 Euro. I stayed in Vievola, where friends of mine rent an apartment. Contact me if you are interested.
This is not the real Col de Tende!! It only takes you to the start of the real col that follows the old road to the col at over 1800m. It has 48 hairpins and a section of maybe 30% gradient. It is tarmac for 2/3 but is unsurfaced at the top and would be tricky on a pure road bike.