You start with a stage on the foothills of the Mercantour which gives you ample opportunity to warm up. Climbing the cols of the Alps by bike is a challenge which has multiple rewards. From col Saint-Martin at 1,503 metres, the view is amazing. Ride down the mountain and find time to discover the le village of Valdeblore and the little hamlets hidden away in the mountains. You’ll then ride up the col de la Couillole which reaches 1,678 metres. Splendid landscapes to see as you climb this road surrounded by nature at its most majestic, and champion cyclists as this is one of the cols on the Tour de France.
- Distance: 58,6km
- Elevation gain: 1952m
We recommend : to get your energy back, try the Chalet Suisse for an invigorating meal. We recommend you stay the night at La Croix Saint-Jean, a gîte managed by Christophe, a cyclist and race organiser.