Col de Pacrace
Col de Pacrace is a shoulder point on one of the favorite
popular rides in this area: Col
De La Madone De Gorbio
. But even without climbing to
this higher point, and just crossing this pass, you traverse
one of the most unusual hilltown settings in this area: the
START-END SOUTH 1: Nice harbor
02.(327m,06.9km) Col de Quatre Chemins(shp)
03.(507m,11.4km) Col D'Eze(shp)
04.(557m,17.7km) Col de la Guerre(shp)
05.(670m,23.7km) TOP: Col de Pacrace
07.(122m,38.4km) profile turns left from D21 onto
D2204 towards Cantaron
08.(40m,46.7km) START-END SOUTH 2: Nice, near railway
FromSouth. The climbing is pretty much
over after reaching the highest point on the way to Col
d'Eze or the Haute Corniche. Turning inland the route leaves
behind most of the tourists and the incredible coastal views. It
barely reaches a crest at the turnoff to Col
De Madone. But on the other side of the pass, you can now
see the village of Pacrace, resembling something bees build out
of wax from this vantage point.
From North. (described downwards).
The road goes through a short tunnel, wich is nontheless
important enough that it sometimes manages to close the entire
approach on this side. As the road approaches Pacrace, it goes
through numerious short tunnels, separated by viewing perches on
the village across the chasm. The closer the road gets, the more
more precarious and interesting the building situation looks.
Directly across stands a town park up high on a rock, the way to
get up to it, a complete puzzle for now.
Descending a little further beyond Pacrace, a small turnoff
back into the mountains leads up the Chemin
Strateguiqe des Banquettes s(u). But this profile continues
downhill. Below the turnoff, the area slowly looks more
industrial, when the rock quarry below takes center stage.
A Dayride with this point as intermediate summit
is on page: Col de l'Orme s(u)