I’ve just got back from another challenging motorbike trip up in the French Alps. These photos were taken at the top of Col de Bonnette, which is one of the most famous roads in the Alps due to the fact that it is the highest paved mountain pass in Europe. The actual pass originally finished at around 2700M but the French added just over 100 metres more to make it 2807M to retain the title.
Unlike last year the road is a dream to ride as it’s been re-surfaced and it’s the first year where there’s been no snow. As the beautiful sweeping roads get higher and the hairpins become tighter and more frequent, there is a fantastic contrast between the greenery at the base of the pass and the barren, almost volcanic atmosphere at the top. The final climb is a steep switchback of hairpins that are always a challenge to ride.