Page Contributor(s): Ian Dennis, Occidental, CA, USA; Lisa Irizarry and Matt Jiang, NY, NY
Cycling Col de la Madone
Ride 14.4 kilometers gaining 898 meters at 6.2% average grade.
The Col de la Madone is a climb located in the Alpes-Maritimes region near Nice and Menton, France. It's a famous test climb in the cycling world, especially because many professional cyclists, including several Tour de France champions, have used it as a benchmark to test their form. It has been featured in the Tour de France 4 times between 1948 and 2023 as of 2023. It was also featured in the monument race Paris-Nice in 2019 and 2022.
As you ascend, you're rewarded with increasingly impressive views of the Mediterranean Sea and the city of Menton below. The climb is draped in typical Mediterranean vegetation and, in the higher parts, you'll encounter beautiful forests.
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