30 miles
Distance
7,730 ft
Climb
-7,107 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point

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

From Barcelonnette, there are two different parts by their style. The first, to the Thuiles, takes place on the right bank, mainly in the undergrowth, on a fun path. The second Meolans rally through a forest track hilly left bank and offers the passage of beautiful views of the Ubaye Valley, one of the last wild rivers without dam.

This last section along the Ubaye, is not negligible because unlike the previous two, it is not easy. If the route is mostly on the right of way of the unfinished project of the railway that was to connect Chorges to Barcelonnette, twice the route follows a forest path, more technical and physical.

This is the big piece of the Grande Traversée L'Alpes-Provence. The section begins very low in the valley of Ubaye, by a long rise on road and forest track then a final little rolling up to the lakes of altitude and Col Bas located at 2113 m. After the effort, the comfort, with the extraordinary landscapes of this site and the long descent on Montclar by one of the permanent tracks of descent of the station. Place to the sensations!

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Au départ de Barcelonnette, on distingue deux parties différentes par leur style. La première, jusqu’aux Thuiles, se déroule en rive droite, essentiellement en sous-bois, sur un sentier ludique. La seconde rallie Méolans par une piste forestière vallonnée rive gauche et offre au passage de belles vues sur la vallée de l’Ubaye, une des dernières rivières sauvages sans barrage.

Ce dernier tronçon le long de l’Ubaye, n’est pas à négliger car contrairement aux deux précédents, il n’est pas de tout repos. Si le tracé est majoritairement sur l’emprise du projet, inachevé, de voie de chemin de fer qui devait relier Chorges à Barcelonnette, par deux fois l’itinéraire emprunte un sentier en forêt, plus technique et physique.

Voilà le gros morceau de la Grande Traversée L’Alpes-Provence. Le tronçon débute très bas dans la vallée de l’Ubaye, par une longue ascension sur route et piste forestière puis un final peu roulant remontant jusqu’aux lacs d’altitude et au Col Bas situé à 2113 m. Après l’effort, le réconfort, avec les paysages extraordinaires de ce site et la longue descente sur Montclar par une des pistes permanentes de descente de la station. Place aux sensations !

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  • Riding area
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  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
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More Stats for GT Alpes Provence Etape/Stage 2 Barcelonnette - Montclar mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    623 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,941 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,728 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,351 ft
  • Grade
    0.39%
  • Grade max
    -61.65%
  • Grade min
    46.649%
  • Distance climb
    14 miles
  • Distance down
    14 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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