Road Cycling Highlight
The Col de Vars is a pass in the French Alps. The pass is located on the border between the Hautes-Alpes and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence departments in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. It connects the Ubaye valley with the Queyras valley and the city of Embrun via the Parpaillon mountain.
March 4, 2020
The Col de Vars is rather unrhythmic from the north side, the slope uneven. In the first part you have beautiful views of the valley of the Durance valley with the fortress Mont Dauphin and the Ecrins massif. The village Vars is a typical French ski resort with many hotels, but at least you can fill the water bottles here. In the last part, it goes through a beautiful high valley to the pass.
August 20, 2018
climbed this coming from Jausiers in full touring setup and this was unexpectedly tough, as it's a pretty steep climb. however it's not long and with plenty of signs of the passage of the tour de france, the mistique of this col will win over the fatigue. there is a refuge at the top where you can replenish with hot coffee and a break before starting the fun descent.
January 20, 2020
Departure Guillestre: Col with a percentage of 9% on average for the first 6 kilometers to Vars, then the slope weakened with two small descents to regain strength.
At the winter resort of Vars the percentage becomes high again with peaks of 11%.
Finally at the end of the station the slope becomes gentler again with 4 to 6%.
August 13, 2021
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