Tour d’Enfer Day 9 – Col d’Allos and Pra Loup

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Day 9 of the Tour d’Enfer and Greg, Scott, Andrew, Andrew, Ralph, and Doreen and I decided to climb Col d’Allos.

Col d’Allos

Summit: 2,247 metres (7,370 feet)

The Climb: 21 kms (13 miles); Ascent: 1,130 metres (3,700 feet);

This is perhaps my favorite climb in the Alps. Not too hard, and much of the route goes along a little cliff road with ever improving views. We kept a lazy, social pace and just enjoyed ourselves on yet another beautiful day.

Below: Part way up – Scott and a great view of the cliff road well below.

Col d'Allos and Scott

At the top, home made pie and a coffee, and then I went to find Doreen who was only a little from the top. Another big climb for her collection.

At the top of the town is a great Wolf (loup) statue.

Pra Loup

After descending towards Barcelonnette, I convinced the ever enthusiastic Ralph to ride up to Pra Loup ski station. Frankly, it’s a pretty boring climb on a lousy road.

In the 1975 Tour de France, the legendary Eddie Merckx cracked climbing Pra-Loup losing the stage and the Tour to French hero Bernard Thévenet.

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