Col de Restefond – 2,680m

Route: D2205 & D64 St. Sauveur Sur Tinee to Jausiers (48 miles)

Coordinates: 44.336287,6.809566

Ridden: 2008 & 2013

The passage over Col de la Bonette is often mistaken for this col. It’s very easy to miss it because the actual pass is situated on a gravel track leading off the D64 close to its summit. There’s no signpost to mark the top although there are various ancient blockhouses, remnants of the Maginot Line’s Alpine extension, the Alpine Line, that litter the area. The Ouvrage Col de Restefond consisted of three infantry blocks, all facing Italy. From the Cime de la Bonette turn off at the top, down to the Jausiers junction at the bottom, it’s a glorious 14 miles down this pass. Not to be missed.