Col de Vars from Les Gleizolles

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Elevation profile Col de Vars from Les Gleizolles
Elevation profile Col de Vars from Les Gleizolles
Elevation profile Col de Vars from Les Gleizolles
609
difficulty points
5.5%
avg. gradient
12.7%
steepest 100 meters
14.6km
length
804m
total ascent

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Col de Vars from Les Gleizolles is a climb in the region Serre Ponçon. It is 14.6km long and bridges 804 vertical meters with an average gradient of 5.5%, resulting in a difficulty score of 609. The top of the ascent is located at 2109 meters above sea level. Climbfinder users shared 11 reviews of this climb and uploaded 27 photos.

Road name: D902

4.0 by keniske
This is an automatic translation, the original language is: Dutch.
Climbed today thinking it wasn't going to be that tough, I was wrong! The last 5km is really tough with percentages around 9%, not much to see at the top unfortunately....... read more
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Col de Vars from Les Gleizolles
Col de Vars from Les Gleizolles
Col de Vars from Les Gleizolles
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Cycling routes

Personally mapped out and verified by climbfinder!
Name Distance Total ascent Climbs
7 Majeurs
7 Majeurs
362.6km 10673m 7

Statistics

Col de Vars from Les Gleizolles
This climb
Serre Ponçon
195 climbs
Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
151 climbs
Provence
739 climbs
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
980 climbs
French Alps
1802 climbs
Alps
5172 climbs
France
13228 climbs
Europe
46796 climbs
Difficulty points
609
rank
24
rank
13
rank
51
rank
69
rank
349
rank
1662
rank
561
rank
3056
Average gradient
5.5%
rank
136
64% less steep than
Côte du Noyret
rank
71
52% less steep than
Plaine de Barbaro from Riez
rank
308
rank
466
rank
1137
rank
3750
79% less steep than
Muro di Cassone
rank
6091
rank
20402
81% less steep than
Calçada do Rêgo Lameiro
Length
14.6km
rank
16
rank
16
rank
66
rank
76
rank
213
69% shorter than
Col de l'Iséran
rank
769
rank
519
69% shorter than
Col de l'Iséran
rank
2416
Total ascent
804m
rank
20
49% less ascent than
Cime de la Bonette
rank
11
49% less ascent than
Cime de la Bonette
rank
58
rank
72
rank
289
61% less ascent than
Col du Galibier
rank
1240
62% less ascent than
Colle del Nivolet
rank
487
61% less ascent than
Col du Galibier
rank
2485

Classification

Famous climb
Beautiful scenery
Hidden gem
7 hairpin turns

Road surface condition

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Traffic

45% 55% 0%
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Climbing times

7 km/h 02:04:55
11 km/h 01:19:30
15 km/h 00:58:18
19 km/h 00:46:01

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Reviews (11)

keniske
8 h 4.0
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Climbed today thinking it wasn't going to be that tough, I was wrong! The last 5km is really tough with percentages around 9%, not much to see at the top unfortunately....

Vandaag beklommen om dat ik dacht dat hij niet zo zwaar ging zijn, had ik dat even mis! De laatste 5km is echt zwoegen met percentages rond de 9%, op te top niet zoveel te zien helaas..

FrostyRemo
1 Mo 4.0

We got to Barcelonnette and found that Cayolle, Bonette, and d’Allos were closed for one reason or another, so we headed up to Col de Vars and weren’t disappointed. Great Alpine views and plenty of Marmottes too!

Col de Vars from Les Gleizolles
Col de Vars from Les Gleizolles
Col de Vars from Les Gleizolles
Col de Vars from Les Gleizolles
christine
1 Mo 4.0

climbed this from barcelonette via les gleizolles this morning 28/5/2024. surprisingly quiet roads the whole way from barcelonette to top of col de vars. almost flat-ish first 10km and last 5km is really 10% with flat ends at hairpins into wind. marmottes at 2000vm were fantastic to see!

Col de Vars from Les Gleizolles
Col de Vars from Les Gleizolles
Col de Vars from Les Gleizolles
Col de Vars from Les Gleizolles
KlaasA
2 Mo 4.0 01:34:00 (9.3km/h)
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A climb with a long run-up, making breaking in not necessary. When riding out of Saint-Paul you can already test your climbing legs for a while, then recuperate on the flatter sections, before starting the steep last 5 kilometres. These are also really steep, but well-digestible due to the limited length. It is a used connecting road between two valleys, but I was pleasantly surprised by the little traffic.

Een klim met een lange aanloop, waardoor inrijden niet nodig is. Bij het buitenrijden van Saint-Paul kan je al even je klimbenen testen, daarna nog even recupereren op de vlakkere stroken, vooraleer je aan de steile laatste 5 kilometer begint. Die zijn ook wel echt steil, maar door de beperkte lengte goed te verteren. Het is een gebruikte verbindingsweg tussen twee valleien, maar ik was aangenaam verrast door het weinige verkeer.

WielerArt
11 Mo 3.0 01:01:13 (14.3km/h)
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A nice climb with an 'easy' approach of 7 kilometres. From Saint Paul it gets trickier, with the devil really in the tail. From Saint Paul it is no longer forested and you have beautiful views. However, this is a popular motorbike route, so you often breeze past.

Een mooie klim met een 'makkelijke' aanloop van 7 kilometer. Vanaf Saint Paul wordt het lastiger, met het venijn echt in de staart. Vanaf Saint Paul is het niet meer bebost en heb je prachtige vergezichten. Wel is dit een populaire motorroute, die je dus vaak voorbij stuiven.

F11ACE
1 y 3.0 00:55:15 (15.8km/h)
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Nice runner through a beautiful landscape. The devil is clearly in the tail here.
Watch out when descending, you are going very fast!

Lekkere loper door een prachtig landschap. Venijn zit hem hier duidelijk in de staart.
Kijk uit met afdalen, je gaat heel gauw heel snel!

Titouan-GBN
2 y 5.0 00:55:36 (15.7km/h)
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Very nice pass ! Beautiful landscapes and splendid gradients from Saint Paul sur Ubaye. Despite a very easy first part along the Ubaye river, this pass is very very intense. Eight kilometers from the summit at the exit of Saint Paul, you can see (already!) the summit of the pass culminating far above you at 2109 meters ... You just have to be patient and climb at your own pace to the top.

Très beau col ! Magnifiques paysages et splendides pourcentages à partir de Saint Paul sur Ubaye. Malgré une première partie très facile le long de l'Ubaye, ce col reste très très intense. A huit kilomètres du sommet à la sortie de Saint Paul, on peut voir (déjà !) le sommet du col culminant loin au dessus de vous à 2109 mètres...Il ne vous reste plus qu'a être patient et de monter à votre rythme jusqu'en haut.

achatelet
2 y 3.0
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Side I prefer to do downhill: it is much less challenging than the other one so I find it pretty cool to use the 10% slopes to go hard!

Versant que je préfère faire en descente : il est bien moins challengeant que l'autre donc je trouve plutôt cool d'utiliser les pentes à 10% pour aller à fond !

patrickbaert
3 y 5.0
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Cycled this Col de Vars, known from the Tour, along the southern flank starting in Barcelonnette, then the starting point of my hiking & biking holiday.
Long false flat approach brings you via Jausiers to the foot of the climb in Les Gleizolles where you turn left on the big busy road. First slightly upwards through the valley of the river l'Ubaye with 2 short tunnels to Saint-Paul to start the real climbing. The surprise is at the end because, after the village of Le Mélezen, you cycle the last 5 km. through pure nature high mountains with an average of 9% up to the top.
At the top of the pass, there is a possibility to get supplies as well as at the start.
The passage of the Tour that year (2017) had not only provided new asphalt that had already been seriously reworked with supporter paint. But I suspect cycling fans took the last 4 cycling info signs before the summit as a souvenir because suddenly they had disappeared so I had a hard time estimating my progress.

Partly because of the little traffic, this is a particularly beautiful climb that you should definitely have done.

Deze uit de Tour bekende Col de Vars langs de zuidflank op gefietst vertrekkend in Barcelonnette, toen de uitvalsbasis van mijn wandel & fietsvakantie.
Lange vals plat aanloop brengt je via Jausiers tot de voet van de klim in Les Gleizolles alwaar je de grote drukke weg links afdraait. Eerst licht omhoog door het dal van de rivier l'Ubaye met 2 korte tunnels tot Saint-Paul om nadien het echte klimwerk aan te vatten. De verrassing is voor het einde want, na dorpje Le Mélezen, fiets je de laatste 5 km. door puur natuur hooggebergte met een gemiddelde van 9% tot de top.
Op pashoogte is er bevoorrading mogelijk alsook bij de start.
De doortocht van de Tour dat jaar (2017) had niet alleen gezorgd voor nieuw asfalt dat al serieus bewerkt was met supportersverf. Maar ik vermoed dat wielerfans de laatste 4 fietsinfobordjes voor de top meenamen als souvenir want plots waren ze verdwenen zodat ik mijn vorderingen moeilijk kon inschatten.

Mede door het weinig verkeer is dit een bijzonder mooie klim die je zeker moet gedaan hebben.

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Tino
7 y
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A part of the road surface has been resurfaced, so the bad stretches are history (for a while).

wegdek is voor een gedeelte opnieuw geasfalteerd waardoor de slechte stukken verleden tijd zijn (voor een poos).

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Tischo
8 y
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Climbed from Guillestre and descended towards Jausiers and then climbed back to Guilestre. A nice challenge and easy to do. This way you can experience the absolute differences of this col. I find the climb from Jausiers the most beautiful and the most varied. The descent to Guillestre is tight.

Beklommen vanuit Guillestre en afgedaald richting Jausiers om vervolgens weer terug te klimmen naar Guilestre. Een mooie uitdaging en goed te doen. Op deze wijze kun je de absolute verschillen van deze col ervaren. Ik vind de klim vanaf Jausiers het mooist en het meest gevarieerd. De afdaling vervolgens naar Guillestre is strak.