The col de la Bonette (2802 m) is the highest paved mountain path (not col) in France. The ascent of the north side is a must for every mountain biker. After a slight ascent of 10 kilometers you turn right on the D66 in Jausiers. From there it is still 1600 meters to the top at about 7 percent on average. Via long bends you leave the Ubaye valley after which the road narrows and follows some hairpin bends. The landscape becomes more rough and along some lakes you reach the ruined Caserne de Restefond (2500 m). Two kilometres further is the exit to the Col de la Moutiàre. There you'll see the characteristic cone-shaped top of the Bonette for the first time. First you reach the Col de la Restefond, at an altitude of 2678 meters. From there you can reach the summit and memorial stone at an altitude of 2802 metres via a specially constructed steep route. Via a path you can go to the orientation table on the Cime de la Bonette at 2862 meters altitude. In good weather you have a beautiful 360° view of the surrounding Alps.
The Col de la Bonette is situated in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur.
This climb belongs to the Alps.
The Col de la Bonette via Jausiers is ranked number 102 of the Alps.
The climb is ranked number 49 in France and number 342 in the world.
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%.
If you want to climb the Col de la Bonette, you can find more information on how to train to climb the Col de la Bonette here.
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
Col de la Bonette via Jausiers popularity rank : 18
The Col de la Bonette has been climbed by 81 climbbybikers. It is ranked No. 18 as the most climbed climb in the world.
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Col de la Bonette via Jausiers: 23 reviews
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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