|Col de la Couillole|
|Height||Climbing height - length|
|1678m||236m - 7.2 km (Beuil); 1098m - 20.9 km (Sinne turn-off); 1340m - 29km (Le Pont du Cians)
1174m - 15.8 km (St. Sauveur-s-Tinée);1202m - 20.6 km (Col St-Martin road)
1254m - 22.1 km (Illonse road); 1383m - 30.5 km (Pont de Clans)
1451m - 35.6 km (Pont de la Lune); 1497m - 40.4 km (Tinée valley)
|1-3 (5) West; 3-4 (5) East||3 (5)|
|How to get there||The hard climb is up the east side from St. Sauveur-sur-Tinée (504m) on a twisty road that climbs 1174m in less than 16 km. I have only descended this road, which is hilarious, but wold have found it much more fun to climb this side. You start here if coming from Col de la Lombarde/Colle della Lombarda (2350m) or Col de la Bonette (Cime de la Bonette) (2715m (2802m)).
Otherwise you would start the climb lower down: If you come via Col St-Martin (1503m), you start at the height of 482m down the Tinée valley. If you happen to come over the road from Col de la Sinne (1438m) to the Tinée valley, you start at 430m. You could start at Pont de Clans (301m) and you could have visited Col d’Andrion (1681m) or travelled over the road passing by the Madone d’Utelle. In the later case you would have travelled via La Tour and started the climb at Pont de la Lune (233m). You could also start at the start of the Tinée valley (187m).
If coming from Col de Valberg (1673m), the climb from Beuil (1442m) is not much of a climb. However, if you start from Le Pont du Cians (338m) you will have a nice and long climb through the Gorges du Cians. You could conceivable start the climb just before the nice section up the Cians road (580m) if you come over the Col de la Sinne (1438m) from the Tinée valley (which should be a nice road too).
|Other comments||See also: Col de l’Espaul (1748m) and Collet du Guérin (1638m). It can be difficult to find accomodation in the Tinée valley.