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);
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.
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.