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Badges for Cols - Montagnes À La Carte

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Badges for Cols - Montagnes À La Carte

Road Cycling Collection by Café du Cycliste

Some climbs are greater than others. Not for the road itself but for the history that hangs heavy over each inch of the tarmac. They are about triumph, tragedy and true achievement.

The cols of the Alpes Maritimes offer some of the best riding in Europe. Providing inspiration and perspiration in close to equal measure. The plethora of roads, routes and rides that the region offers up to any visiting cyclist is innumerable. From hors category climbs to spins by the sea, from breaks for the Italian border to gravel grinds, from classic Cols to unknown tracks.

To celebrate the roads we ride, we've created a badge for each col. To claim your badge you need to connect your Café du Cycliste account to your komoot account and go out and ride. All badges are free to a good, and deserving home. To learn more and get started on your collection, head to our badges page here.

Our Montagnes du Monde collection celebrates Cols from around the world and can be found via komoot.com/collection/1245047/-badges-for-cols-montagnes-du-monde

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Tours & Highlights

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    Mont Ventoux

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The Mont Ventoux is of course an absolute "MUST" for every racing cyclist. And apart from the Tour de France hype about this mountain, it is simply beautiful - great route from Bedoin first through the light oak forest, later through the barren limestone landscape with a view of Provence that you have to experience.

    And if you're not driving uphill at racing speed, the incline is also much less dramatic than is often said.

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    Col d’Èze

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Between Èze village and the fort runs the Route de la Grande Corniche, the highest of the three corniche roads that lead from Nice towards Monaco and Italy. Starting almost at the Café, it takes you steeply out of town, past villas and under palm trees, winding up through the hills to a height of 507m.

    Col d'Èze is part of our Montagnes à la Carte series, head over to bit.ly/3kDyIRa and claim your badge if you rode this classic.

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    Col de Turini

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The thick forests of the Col de Turini are testament to the unpredictable weather on this, the highest of the coastal climbs near Café du Cycliste’s home town of Nice. Even close to the top of the heaped switchbacks, the sea can still be glimpsed, and warm, wet, maritime air regularly drifts inland and buffets the mountain, leading to downpours on its slopes.

    Col de Turini is part of our Montagnes à la Carte series, head over to bit.ly/3kyYBkY and claim your badge if you rode this classic.

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    Col De Vence

    Road Cycling Highlight

    It is said that Alberto Contador rode this 9.7km stretch, which rises 643m and averages 6.6%, in less 24 minutes. Mere mortals who do it in less than 35 should count themselves lucky. If you can tear your eyes off your stem in the final kilometres, you’ll have a great view of the Mediterranean from Italy to Cannes and beyond.

    Col de Vence is part of our Montagnes à la Carte series, head over to bit.ly/3zg1afN and claim your badge if you rode this classic.

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    Col de la Madone

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Famed as a training hill, exactly where the pros commence their battle with the clock on the ‘classic’ start is a constant cause of debate. Regardless of how long it takes, a successful summit is rewarded with a view towards Peille and the higher mountains with Madone being a gateway Col that unlocks the door to a whole host of other climbs and routes in the Alpes Maritimes.

    Col de la Madone is part of our Montagnes à la Carte series, head over to bit.ly/3BmcclB and claim your badge if you rode this classic.

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    Col de Braus

    Road Cycling Highlight

    People have been stopping to marvel at this view since the col’s famous switchbacks were constructed in the early 20th century. Take your time up the ascent and you will admire the olive groves, and maybe spy the remnants of the old Route Royale, the salt road that linked Nice and the coast to Piedmont and the Dukes of Savoy in Turin.

    Col de Braus is part of our Montagnes à la Carte series, head over to bit.ly/2UvpAmH and claim your badge if you rode this classic.

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    Col de la Bonette

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Don’t look too hard at the Bonette’s claim – seen on signposts the length of the ascent from Jausiers in the north and from Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée in the south – that it is the highest road in Europe. Instead, marvel at the panorama in front of you which will make the debate seem inconsequential.

    Col de la Bonette is part of our Montagnes à la Carte series, head over to bit.ly/2Utf27L and claim your badge if you rode this classic.

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    Madone d'Utelle

    Road Cycling Highlight

    This has long been a place of pilgrimage and healing, but one that for cyclists has remained a well-kept secret – beloved of local riders… until recently. In March 2016, the penultimate stage of Paris-Nice finished on the summit, bringing the views from this holy site to a wider audience.

    Madone d'Utelle is part of our Montagnes à la Carte series, head over to bit.ly/3ziK156 and claim your badge if you rode this classic.

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    Mont Vial

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Although Mont Vial can seem ubiquitous, cyclists have to travel far into the backcountry to find the turning, which is tucked away somewhere between Toudon and Tourette-du-Chateau. Those who search will be rewarded, however, with a deserted, small, irregularly surfaced scrawl of switchbacks up the rocky mountain face. Perfection, in our eyes at least.

    Mont Vial is part of our Montagnes à la Carte series, head over to bit.ly/3eCNiEJ and claim your badge if you rode this classic.

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    Mont Chauve d'Aspremont

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Mont Chauve is Nice’s hidden mountain. It is hiding in plain sight, sitting there just to the north, right above the city, but nevertheless it is hidden. The best time to come, perhaps, is early in the morning, to watch the sun rise over Italy; on clear days, from the fort, Corsica can be seen on the horizon. A hidden gem.

    Mont Chauve is part of our Montagnes à la Carte series, head over to bit.ly/3ziOHba and claim your badge if you rode this classic.

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    Col de Brouis

    Road Cycling Highlight

    From Sospel the climb starts in the pleasant and open meadows in the valley of the small river Bevera. It ascends through deep gorges, though never too tight, and ends in open meadows again. It is as if the pass is higher than its 879m, and you have passed into the northern Alps.

    Col de Brouis is part of our Montagnes à la Carte series, head over to bit.ly/3kBLn6Y and claim your badge if you rode this classic.

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    Col de Tende

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    Alpe d’Huez famously has 21 switchbacks, hairpins, or lacets - call them what you want. The Passo dello Stelvio has 48 on the classic eastern side but that’s in 16.5km and all on tarmac. The Col de Tende manages the same number in 7.4km. If you like getting off the beaten track, you will like the Col de Tende.

    Col de Tende is part of our Montagnes à la Carte series, head over to bit.ly/2VSZXwu and claim your badge if you rode this classic.

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