Tour d’Enfer Day 10 – Col de Pontis

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Col de Pontis

While everyone else took the bus back to Geneva, Doreen and I decided on one last climb – the short, but super steep Col de Pontis.

Col de Pontis

Summit: 1,301 metres (4,270 feet)

The Route: 34 kms (21.1 miles); Ascent: 835 metres (2,740 feet);

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In fact, from Barcelonnette the first 25 kilometres or so are actually flattish or downhill. The elevation chart starts from Ubaye.

Tour de France: As best I can tell, this has never appeared in the Tour.

Col de Pontis -

This is a pretty amazing climb. STEEP(!) and wonderful view of Lac de Serre-Poncon. Doreen as usual, was unbelievably brave up slopes that terrified me on a very cautious descent.

My legs are now officially cooked – time to go home.

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  1. What about Colombiere over Romme tomorrow? OK, just kidding. Great to know that you survived well and had tons of fun. Now relax/rest a bit and then we’ll pick up more around Gva. Congrats to ALL (ladies and men…&boys).

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