Col d’Allos Climb Profile

By : Mr Mamil
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The Col d’Allos (2,250m) is a lesser-known but beautiful high mountain pass in the French Alps. It sits between the towns of Barcelonnette to its north and Colmars to its south.

Col d’Allos is a long climb regardless of these two directions.

  • From Barcelonnette (north)
  • From Colmars (south)

Starting point : Barcelonnette

Barcelonnette is located north of Col d’Allos. The official Strava segment starts about 2.5km outside of Barcelonnette town, at the bridge over the Bachelard river.

From here, it’s a Hors Catégorie (HC) climb, averaging 6.3% over 17.3km and reaching an altitude of 2,208m above sea level.

Climb categoryHC
Elevation gain1,092m
Minimum elevation1,118m
Maximum elevation2,208m
Average gradient6.3%
Maximum gradient36.1%
Strava segmentCol d’Allos from Barcelonnette
Col d’Allos from Guillestre

Starting point : Colmars

Colmars is located south of Col d’Allos. The Strava segment starts 1.1km outside of Colmar, and the first 7km are relatively easy with several flat sections in between.

From the eighth kilometer onward, the gradient stays consistently between 4% to 6%.

Climb categoryHC
Elevation gain932m
Minimum elevation1,308m
Maximum elevation2,235m
Average gradient4.4%
Maximum gradient11.5%
Strava segmentCol d’Allos from Colmars
Col d’Allos from Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye

Col d’Allos in the Tour de France

Col d’Allos was used in the Tour de France 33 times from 1911 to 1939. From 1939 onwards, Col d’Allos didn’t feature until Stage 14 in 2000.

Col d’Allos ranks tenth for the most Tour de France appearances. It’s ahead of the likes of Alpe d’Huez (32) and Mont Ventoux (18), which many consider the legendary Tour de France climbs.

It had to wait for another 15 years before featuring again at the Tour de France on Stage 17 in 2015, which Simon Geschke won.