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7 legendary passesand hundreds of rides, circuits and bicycle tours.

Seven cols overlook the Ubaye, an unspoilt valley in the southern Alps. Described as legendary, and with good reason : the Tour de France has passed through dozens of times and many big names have come unstuck here, from Poulidor to Eddy Merckx, right up to Stefan Schumacher in 2008.

  • Pontis (1301 m),
  • Saint Jean (1333 m),
  • Allos (2250 m),
  • Cayolle (2326 m),
  • La Bonette (2715 m),
  • Vars (2109 m),
  • Larche* (1909m).

Cycling guide

Essential

The town of Barcelonnette is the valley’s capital. Starting from its cobbled streets and lively squares, 4 000 km of rides, circuits and bicycle tours are available to you, from the Italian border to the Serre-Ponçon lake.

Fill your lungs with fresh mountain air and head off in search of the natural and cultural wealth of the Ubaye Valley...

Extreme ascents for demanding climbers or gentle rides for those who love the scenery and the sunshine ? Make your choice and pick your adventure.

The 7 cols of Ubaye

Good to know: The col de Larche is currently closed to cyclists by a préfectoral decree. The climb to Sainte-Anne has replaced it as part of the "Brevet des 7 cols".

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Col de la Bonette (2802m)
Col de Vars (2108m)
Col de la Cayolle (2326m)
Col d'Allos (2247m)
Col Saint-Jean (1333m)
Col de Larche (1991m)
Col de Pontis (1301m)
Montée de Sainte-Anne (1840m)

Rides & Circuits

The Ubaye Valley has something for everyone.

Seven cols overlook the Ubaye, an unspoilt valley in the southern Alps.

The town of Barcelonnette is the valley’s capital. Starting from its cobbled streets and lively squares, 4 000 km of rides, circuits and bicycle tours are available to you, from the Italian border to the Serre-Ponçon lake.

Fill your lungs with fresh mountain air and head off in search of the natural and cultural wealth of the Ubaye Valley...

Extreme ascents for demanding climbers or gentle rides for those who love the scenery and the sunshine ? Make your choice and pick your adventure.

Le brvet des 7 cols à composter en haut de chaque col

Brevet des 7 cols

Happiness is simple... like seven cols

No deadline, no minimum speed... To join the club of those having earnt the « Brevet des 7 cols » you simply have to climb all seven of the Ubaye’s impressive cols, at your own pace.

These seven passes, all different, once linked our valley to the rest of the world. Perfectly suited to cyclists, they brush alongside the Mercantour National Park.

Saint-Jean and Pontis, offer unique views over the Serre-Ponçon lake in the west.

La Cayolle and Allos are classics of the Tour de France.

The col of La Bonette, on Europe’s highest road requires its own portion of sweat and adrenalin.

To the east, the aerial climbs of Sainte-Anne and the col de Vars run alongside the peaks of Le Parpaillon.

In all, 400 km, a 7 200 m climb and amazing sensations are reserved for the 400 « everyday heroes » who earn the certificate each year. Why not you ?

Specially adapted road marker

Milemarkers that speak!

Vital information allowing cyclists to pace themselves as they climb the cols and the roads that lead up to the ski resorts of the Ubaye Valley.

  • Road N°
  • Altitude
  • Kilometres to cover
  • Gradient of the road

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