Ever wondered why the Col de Turini is one of the greatest roads in the world?

Rising 1,607 metres above the Mediterranean, the Col de Turini may not be the highest pass in the Alpes-Maritimes but at 24.3 kilometres in length, starting from Sospel, it’s a climb that definitely needs to be ridden with respect.

Gaining 1,268 metres in elevation is more than the mighty Galibier from Valloire, so having this in mind certainly helps to keep the legs in check and the pace under control as the road starts to rise.

Its sinuous switchbacks, made famous by the Monte Carlo Rally, are a true delight as you ascend, almost anonymously, through the Gorges du Piaon against a backdrop of craggy rock faces and waterfalls. Take your time the gradient is more forgiving over the first half of the climb so there’s absolutely no reason not to enjoy the wonders of nature.

If you need to recover and refill bottles then the village of Moulinet, coming at mid distance, is a good spot. From here on the road starts to feel even more remote and the gradient becomes more consistent, averaging a solid 7.6% for the final 5 kilometres. Hold your nerve, believe in yourself and the Turini will make you smile long after you reach the summit. What a legend!

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Mike Cotty has been bringing the mountains to life through his inspiring videos for over 5 years and TORQ have been fuelling him and the Col Collective for the entire journey. The Col Collective Cycling Tours have since sprung to life.

Why not join us for one of our cycling tours in the French Pyrénées, Dolomites and Italian Alps. For more details visit thecolcollective.com/cycling-tours

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Mike Cotty
The Col Collective

The Col Collective Tours are fully stocked with TORQ Performance products. And this season they will also be debuting our new TORQ SNAQ range. So if you fancy going out to Mike’s boutique-style guest house in France and spending some time riding the Cols, rest assured you’ll be TORQ Fuelled whilst you’re there too.