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.
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.
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.
A fine climb . The city of glamour ‘Nice’ was signposted at the top a mere 70 miles below on the other side.
A super descent with great tarmac, not much traffic on this beautiful col that clings to the ravine zig -zaging back to Barcelonnette.