Tour d’Enfer Day 6 – Col d’Izoard and Col de Vars

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Stage 6 izoard and vars
Col d'Izoard

Another beautiful day.

And more good luck: Col d’Izoard was closed to cars between 9:00 am and 12:00. Very civilized!

This is a stunningly beautiful climb. On the north side it winds up through the woods. On the south side, is the famous Casse Desserte and it’s unique environment.

We stopped for a few photos at the Coppi / Bobet monument.

After a great descent through a deep river gorge, the ascent of Col de Vars started in extreme heat.
I think we were all a little tired and a long lunch half way up was much appreciated.

We passed up the option to visit the nearby epic Col Agnel. The ride was already over 100kms.


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  1. This is exactly what we experienced on our trip too. Izoard in the morning, followed by Vars in the afternoon means you climb Vars in full sunshine/heat. A true killer-climb that way. Hi to everyone on the trip.

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