Le col de Vars by bike
The Col de Vars is a mythical place for cycling. It has been one of the stages of the Tour de France 35 times since 1922. The Belgian Philippe Thys, the Frenchman René Vietto, the Italian Imerio Massignan and the Spanish Eduardo Chozas are among the riders who have crossed the pass.
The ascent of the pass by Guillestre, represents more than 19 kilometers. The route requires crossing 1,111 meters of height difference with an average slope of 5.73%, with a maximum of 8.7%, to reach the Col de Vars, at 2,108 meters above sea level.
If you decide to go there from Les Gleizolles, count more than 14 kilometers, a difference in altitude of 798 meters with an average slope of 5.66%, with a maximum of 10.6%.
The Col de Vars presents difficult passages for cyclists and a gentler slope after the station and the crossing of villages. Along the way, they can enjoy the views of the surrounding hills and valleys.
Located at the crossroads of the most famous passes of the Alps : Bonette, Cayolle, Allos, Izoard, Agnel and Galibier, the col de Vars is a must-do attraction that attracts many visitors every year. Many itineraries pass through the Col de Vars. You can, for example, make a loop from Embrun to Barcelonnette through the Col de Vars. From the village of Les Claux, you can reach the pass on foot. Once at the top, other hiking trails will lead you to the Tête de Paneyron, the Pointe de l’Eyssina, the lake of Lalatcha or the col de Serenne.