The cols of the Ubaye Valley

The cols of the Ubaye Valley

Col de Larche


The col de Larche or Colle della Maddalena in Italian allows passage between Larche and la Stura di Demonte valley in Italy.

Beware: The road to the pass is currently closed to cyclists, pedestirans and tractors by a prefectoral decree.

Col Saint Jean


The col Saint-Jean is a very pleasant ride: after the 20 kilometre descent from Barcelonnette to Le Lauzet, a gentle climb of 13 kilometres leads up to the col with the gradient rarely exceeding 5 or 6%.

Col des Fillys


Picturesque road that takes you from La Bréole to Selonnet. The Col des Fillys offers a fairly steep slope over 400m (a few passages at 10%) of elevation gain in a pretty rural setting. You have to stop at the pass to contemplate the landscape and enjoy the freshness of the beeches.

Col de Pontis


Take the south-facing slope of the valley and follow the Ubaye river as far as the ancient village of Ubaye, of which just the cemetery remains. The village was drowned during the construction of the Serre-Ponçon dam but the cemetery was moved beforehand. The climb to the co is short, barely 5 kilometres but rustic: a small winding, gritty road frequented by local wildlife and dotted with plants...

Col de la Bonette


A sign just outside Jausiers announces the challenge ahead "Route de la Bonette 2807 m - the highest paved road in Europe". in spite of 24 kilometres climb and 1600 m height gain, the col is still achievable because of the steady gradient which stays between 7 and 9% with the exception of the final kilometre where it rises to over 10%!

Col d'Allos


The col d'Allos is a classic climbthat allows you to pass from the Ubaye Valley, to the source of the Verdon river and on to the Mediterranean coast.

Crossed 33 times by the Tour de France, its challenge lies in a route carved into the rocks themselves, suspended above the Bachelard gorge.

Col de la Cayolle


Ranked by "Le Cycle" magazine as one of the 30 most beautiful climbs in Europe, the col de la Cayolle was opened at the end of the nineteenth century by the army. It allowed passage between Barcelonnette and the upper Var valley, the last col to cross before the coast when crossing the Alps.

The road to la Cayolle has changed little over the years and has passages carved into the rocks where cyclists reign.

Col de Vars


With more than a 1000 m climb on both sides of the pass, the col de Vars is one of the great cols of the Alps.

According to "Profils Dolin" point of reference in the world of French cycling it is "one of the hardest, along with Parpaillo, Izoard and Galibier".