A surprisingly widely used pass in the Tour de France is the otherwise deserted Col d’Allos. From Allos, the climb is relatively tedious until the ski station La Foux d’Allos. On the other hand, the last part of the climb from there is among the best the Alps have to offer.
While the southern ascent offers driving through small and large cities, the northern climb provides little more than raw nature and bad roads. Descending down this way can be tricky – always keep your hand on the brakes.
Col d’Allos is the first or last of the mountains in the popular loop above the Col d’Allos, Col des Champs and Col de la Cayolle. We prefer to do the loop clockwise.