27 miles
Distance
5,418 ft
Climb
-8,255 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point

This is the first part of the Alpes Provence Great Crossing for mtb, created with the help of the french cycling federation.

The Grande Traversée VTT "L'Alpes-Provence" starts at the Franco-Italian border, at the Larche pass (called Colle della Maddalena in Italy) located at 1991 m. This first section, very wild through the adrets, is mostly at over 2000 m altitude. It will be the occasion to discover magnificent panoramas on the valley, the mountain pastures, some of the military works of this border zone and, if you have the eye, marmots, vultures, chamois and other animals of the alpine fauna.

The village of Meyronnes marks the passage from Adret to Ubac, pastures to forests, in this valley marked by the many forts of the Maginot line. The first climb, in the undergrowth, remains rolling thanks to the forest tracks that go up to the fort of Roche La Croix. During the descent you will discover the impressive fortification of Tournoux before joining the village of Condamine-Châtelard. The second ascent, starting on the trail, is a little more sporty. The descent takes place on a small road before following a pleasant trail in the woods to Jausiers.

Located at the bottom of the valley, this stretch connects by small roads different hamlets of the valley of the Ubaye and joins Barcelonnette. Before leaving Jausiers, possibility to go to the country house to taste some gastronomic products made in the valley!

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La Grande Traversée VTT « L’Alpes-Provence » débute à la frontière franco-italienne, au col de Larche (appelé Colle della Maddalena en italie) situé à 1991 m. Ce premier tronçon, très sauvage à travers les adrets, se fait majoritairement à plus de 2000 m d’altitude. Il sera l’occasion de découvrir de magnifiques panoramas sur la vallée, les alpages, quelques-uns des ouvrages militaires de cette zone frontalière et, si vous avez l’œil, marmottes, vautours, chamois et autres animaux de la faune alpine.

Le village de Meyronnes marque le passage de l’adret à l’ubac, des alpages aux forêts, dans cette vallée marquée par les nombreux forts de la ligne Maginot. La première montée, en sous-bois, reste roulante grâce aux pistes forestières qui montent jusqu’au fort de Roche La Croix. Lors de la descente vous découvrirez l’impressionnante fortification de Tournoux avant de rejoindre le village de la Condamine-Châtelard. La seconde ascension, débutant sur sentier, est un peu plus sportive. La descente s’effectue sur une petite route avant de suivre un agréable sentier en sous-bois jusqu’à Jausiers.

Situé en fond de vallée, ce tronçon relie par des petites routes différents hameaux de la vallée de l’Ubaye et rejoint Barcelonnette. Avant de quitter Jausiers, possibilité de passer à la maison de Pays pour déguster quelques produits gastronomiques fabriqués dans la vallée !

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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for GT Alpes Provence Etape/Stage 1 Larche - Barcelonnette mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -2,837 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,728 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,564 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,728 ft
  • Grade
    -1.954%
  • Grade max
    -59.938%
  • Grade min
    59.353%
  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    16 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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