|Col de la Lombarde/Colle della Lombarda|
|Height||Climbing height - length|
||1474m - 21.2 km (Vinadio)
1489m - 20.4 km (Isola)
1846m - 34.4 km (St. Sauveur-s-Tinée)
1868m - 38.6 km (Col St-Martin road)
1920m - 40 km (Ilonse road)
2049m - 48.4 km (Pont de Clans)
2117m - 53.5 km (Pont de la Lune)
2163m - 58 km (Tinée valley)
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|How to get there||
A tightly hairpinned road starts in the woods near the village of Vinadio (876m) in Italy on the north side. This road is often steep, but never above ca. 13%. On the south side the climb starts in Isola (861m) if coming down from the Col de la Bonette (Cime de la Bonette) (2715m) or Col de la Moutière (2444m) or in St. Sauveur-s-Tinée (504m), if you come via Col de la Couillole/Col de Cogliola (1678m). There are some steep sections on this side too, but it seems like the easier side.
If you come via Col St-Martin (1503m), you start at the height of 482m down the Tinée valley. If you happen to come down the nice road over Col de la Sinne/Sine/Sinna (1438m), you start at 430m. You could start at Pont de Clans (301m) if coming into the valley via Tournefort. You could have visited Col d’Andrion (1685m) or travelled over the road passing by the famous Madone d’Utelle (dangerous road down to La Tour). If so, then you start at Pont de la Lune (233m). You could finally also have started at the start of the Tinée valley (187m).
|Other comments||The climb is very nice on the Italian side and also quite relentless. Vinadio is a nice little village where you could get something to drink and eat before starting the climb. There is not much water to be found along the road. The French side looks a bit like the northern Alps actually and even has a ski resort at Isola 2000, which is probably to thank for the exceptionally good road down to Isola village from there. It was raining heavily upon my visit in 2002 and it was windy and cold, but in 2010 I had much better weather and the road down from the pass to Isola 2000 seems to have been made wider. If coming from Vinadio you could also climb up to S. Anna di Vinadio (2066m) for a nice detour (2.8 km), but one cannot reach any of the passes above there on a road bike.
[FR-06-2350a, BIG 309]