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Col Agnel or Colle dell'Agnello in Italian is an Alpine Pass that connects the Queyras Valley, France to Pontechianale, Italy. It's the third highest paved road in the Alps, after Stelvio and Col de l'Iseran. Despite being the highest inter-nation pass of the Alps,Col Agnel is less travelled then other alpine roads, making it a great motorcycle road. This route will take you on several roads through France and Italy including: D947, D5, D205 and SP251. The route is 37.4 km (23.2 mi) and should take an experienced rider under an hour to complete.
A popular starting place is Château Queyras or Fort Queyras, a fortress dating back to 1295 AD, located in the town of Château Ville-Vieille. For more information on the history of Château Queyras see: www.fortified- places.com/queyras. For more information on what to see, where to eat and sleep in the Chateau Ville- Vieille area see: www.chateauvillevieille.com
From Château Queyras to Col Agnel riders should head East on D947 for 2.5 km (1.6mi). At the first roundabout transfer onto D5 heading Southbound for 4.6 km (2.9 mi). Pass through the village of Molines en Queyras then head East on the D205 (also labelled D205T) for 15.1 km (9.4 mi). The roads to Col Agnel are full of twisty alpine pavement as-well as some hairpin turns. In the winter be aware that the D205 may be closed due to inclement weather.
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The ride up Col Agnel on the French side is relatively easy. At the border, look East, and you'll notice the Italian side is much more challenging or exciting, depending on the rider.
From the border stay Southbound to Pontechianale on Strada Provinciale 251 (SP251) for 14.2 km (8.8 mi). Now in Italy, you'll find zig-zaging alpine roads testing your skill as a rider.
Pontechianale is a small village of 200 people located on the artificial lake of Lago di Castello, just 70 km (43.5 mi) Southwest of Turin.For more information on what to see, where to eat and sleep in Pontechianale see: www.commune.pontechianale.cn.it
Col Agnel has two great sides to explore, a relatively easy uphill French side and the more difficult downhill Italian side. This great motorcycle road will wind you from a medieval castle in France, across the boarder through several mountain villages in Italy. It's one of the best and least travelled passes in the Alps making it a good old twisty motorcycle road from France to Italy. Along the way, you get great history and scenery to boot (pun intended). Enjoy the ride! Eat Sleep RIDE
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