Cent cols in the Pays d’Azur

Rédigé par Enrico ALBERINI

Introduction

A 1,391 km circuit with 107 colswith a total climb of at least 25,000 m.
This Randonnée was traced by Gérard BIRELLI of the Club des Cent Cols.

Route

Profile

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Theme

The Club des Cent Cols, founded in 1972 and affiliated to the French French Federation of Cyclotouring, has prepared this “Randonnée Permanente” based on a simple theme: “One Hundred Cols”. The completion of these one hundred cols will allow you either to join the Club, or to progress with your list in the Club’s “Tableau d’Honneur”.

The Maritime Alps offer a diversity of landscapes and a collection of cols linked to a geological history rich in events. The randonnée gives the Centcolistes the opportunity to explore this setting of the Alpine arc, within the limits of the old TerresNeuves de Provence, from the beaches of Nikaia, along the famous Promenade des Anglais to the ‘highest road of Europe’, leading to the Bonette, the Col de Restefond.

The route follows the heights of the Nice country via the Corniches which allow you to admire the jagged Côte d’Azur, then from St Agnés, the highest coastal village in Europe, to join the roads of Turini… Note also that you can admire the magnificent gorges of Cians and Daluis. The passage from one valley to the other is made by cols that have nothing to envy the giants of the Alps …

A rich and varied vegetation, the mild climate, so many assets that should encourage you to try this great adventure! …

Controls

Nine checks are compulsory; they will be made at route points chosen by the randonneur himself, a check being made in each section (the section numbers are to be found on the route map).

  1. Nice – Sospel
  2. Sospel – Lantosque
  3. Lantosque – Isola
  4. Isola – Isola
  5. Isola – Guillaumes
  6. Guillaumes – Guillaumes
  7. Guillaumes – Gilette
  8. Gilette – Vence
  9. Vence – Nice

Principal cols

  • Col d’Eze
  • Col de Braus
  • Col de Brouis
  • Col de Turini
  • Col de la Lombarde
  • Col de la Bonette
  • Col de Restefond
  • Col de la Moutière
  • Col de la Cayolle
  • Col des Champs
  • Col de Vence

BCN and BPF sites on the route

  • Peira Cava
  • Saint Etienne de Tinée
  • La Turbie
  • Saint Martin de Vésubie
  • Col d’Allos
  • Col de la Cayolle

Rules of the randonnées permanentes

Any participant in this 100 Col Route agrees to respect the rules governing it.

More information

CONTACT:
Jean-Marc CLEMENT
10 rue de Normandie
31120 Portet sur Garonne
FRANCE
Tél : +33 (0)5 61 76 30 12
E-mail : randos@centcols.org

Please note : Depending on the age, and the version of your route card, the name and address of your officer may be out of date. Please send your route cards for certification, as well as your postcards and the stories of your rides, only to Jean-Marc Clément at the above address (do not write to Roger Colombo, Bernard Pommel, Jean-Marc Lefèvre or Roland Grimaud †)