Tour du Farguet
ElevationAscent: 3,448' 1,051 m
Descent: -3,448' -1,051 m
High: 3,651' 1,113 m
Low: 1,142' 348 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 53% (28°)
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“Great climbing and greater descent with fantastic views of the Cote d'Azur.”— Lost Justpastnowhere
If you've got the legs left, it is worth continuing up to the Ourvage du Barbonnet atop Mont Barbonnet before taking the second singletrack segment of GR510: Col de Braus to Sospel. This adds approximately 100 m (300 ft) additional climbing. It's a cool old fortification, part of the Maginot line that was supposed to make the border impregnable in 1940. There Mont Barbonnet dominates the local landscape, so there is a commanding view.
You'll start out west for about 2 km (1.2 mi) along the provincial road D2566 towards Moulinet. At this point, turn left into a small agricultural community onto the Col de Braus climb. The buildings quickly give way to forest and relaxing but consistent 6% climb up to the Col de Braus pass (1002 m; 3287 ft). Once you enter the forest, it seems like you be 1000 miles from nowhere. There are about 20 switchbacks along the way to keep the grade manageable and then, just at the pass, it levels off for a bit.
The pass features the crumbling ruins of a former border post on the old Franco-Italian border. The "new" border dating from post World War II is about 8 km (5 mi) to the east.
At the pass, turn left onto the paved road for a and then just past ruins, right onto GR510: Col de Braus to Sospel. This starts as a very gentle climb and after about 1 km (0.6 mi), take the Tete de la Lavina Spur (forest road) out to a prominence where there is a great view down into Sospel along the la Bevera valley with the Alpes Maritimes in the background. Return to the GR510: Col de Braus to Sospel and continue to the next major intersection, la Bassie du Pape at the 17.2 km (10.7 mi) mark.
Here, take the Cime du Farguet loop. The Cime du Farguet loop wraps around the namesake Cime du Farguet (1187 m; 3894 ft). The forest breaks along places in the southern portion of the loop offering a spectacular view of the Cote d'Azur and Nice which is easily identifiable by its airport some 20 miles away.
The Cime du Farguet loop returns you to the la Basse du Pape intersection. This time, take the singletrack to the east, following GR510: Col de Braus to Sospel. The first singletrack segment is 2 km (1.2 mi) of a narrow, steep affair down to the D2204 provincial road through the forest and scrubby brush.
Then you follow paved roads for some time, gaining a little bit more altitude for the next descent. In the third hairpin turn along the road up to the Ourvage du Barbonnet fort, a second singletrack segment begins another narrow, steep descent most of the way back to Sospel. Just before you reach Sospel at the end of the second singletrack, you'll pass near another old fort, the Ourvage de Saint-Roch.
Then you weave your way through the old medieval center of Sospel, back to the start.
The cathedral in the central square of Sospel is impressive and worth a short visit and the bridge over the la Bevera river dates from the 13th Century.
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