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Col de la Cayolle, Barcelonnette
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Col de la Cayolle is a high mountain pass in the French Alps at the border between the departments of Alpes-Maritimes and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in France.It connects Barcelonnette in the Ubaye Valley and Saint-Martin-d'Entraunes.It lies parallel to the Col d'Allos and Col de la Bonette in the Parc National du Mercantour.The Var River has its source near the pass.The road leads to the red-rock Gorges de Daluis.Details of the climbThe northern side, from Barcelonette, is 29.15 km long, climbing 1190m at an average of 4.1%. On this side mountain pass cycling milestones are placed every kilometer. They indicate the current height, the distance to the summit, the average slope in the following passage, as well as the number of the street (D902).Starting from Saint-Martin-d'Entraunes, the climb is 20.5 km gaining 1291m, resulting in an average of 6.3%. No signposts for cyclists are placed on this side. However, every kilometer a sign indicates the altitude, as well as the distance to the summit (uphill) or the next villages (uphill and downhill).
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  • Wonderful col to ride on. During the months of July and August can get this Whopper the best climb on Friday. Then he is closed to all traffic between 09.00 and 11.00 hr and can you top in complete safety.
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  • Do not forget to visit also the neck of the windscreen, the view is gorgeous but it's very high. The Park of Mercantour is also beautiful
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  • Not very busy, luckily since the road is narrow, if not by cyclists. It starts, at least from the slope from where I started, virtually in a canyon and for the first time I really understood the meaning of signage "falling rocks". You climb more and more into a lunar landscape to the top. Rocky, barren even seems so fragile that it might collapse on him at any moment. This is different from the other hills in the area and I liked it. The descent then for some kilometers is almost dolomite. Overall I judge him one of the most spectacular Alpine hills.
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