Col de la Cayolle

Exif_JPEG_PICTURECol de la Cayolle 2326m

Height gain 1411

Round trip 36 miles

The easiest col, or so I thought, average gradients of 4% I read. What I forgot to think about was the millage and not having enough fuel in the tank to keep me going. Saying this the Col Cayolle is a beautiful stunning ride.

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Following a gorge with deep ravines turquoise clear water splashing by. Next come grand old bridges with room for just one car and vertigo drops either side.

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREA pretty mountain hamlet with a church, a cafe and a row of washing hanging beside the road. A wonderful elderly lady carrying a tray full of drinks to thirsty rides crosses the road.

The gradients start to increase through the open pastures.Cycling past a herd of Sheep and Goats shaded  under trees with a large guard dog watching protectively.

Exif_JPEG_PICTURE Exif_JPEG_PICTUREA final bridge is reached gradients I’m sure of 9% make the last few kilometres seem hard work. Plenty of happy cyclists passing giving words of support in between gasps of breath.

A fine climb . The city of glamour ‘Nice’  was signposted at the top a mere 70 miles below on the other side.

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A super descent with great tarmac, not much traffic on this   beautiful col that clings to the ravine zig -zaging back to Barcelonnette.

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