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Climbs of the Pyrenees

Col de la Croix Blanche

I have been to Col de la Croix Blanche twice in the last week. The weather has been brilliant and at only 830m altitude at the summit, Croix Blanche is not too difficult. It is still a Pyreneen col and has the steep pitches expected in this part of the world. I went the easy way,…

Plateau de Beille

Plateau de Beille Plateau de Beille is a Cat HC climb to a ski station in Ariége. It is between the towns of Tarascon-sur-Ariége and Ax-les-Thermes, south of road N20. My advice is to not cycle on N20, very dangerous road. Plateau de Beille has been a stage finish 5 times in Le Tour de…

Col du Tourmalet

Col du Tourmalet Col du Tourmalet is a Cat HC climb in Hautes Pyrenees. The summit is 2115 metres altitude. The road D918 connects the Vallées des Gaves to the west with Vallée de Campan to the east. It is the most used climb in the Tour de France. 2018 will be the 86th time it…

Col du Tourmalet 3d

3d route video of the western side of Col du Tourmalet.

Superbagnères

Superbagnères Superbagnères is a Cat HC climb to a ski station in Haute Garonne. The summit is 1804 metres altitude. Cat HC from Bagnères-de-Luchon, the climb to the ski-station is 18.5 km @ 6.3%, with the summit being at 1800 m above sea-level. There are several short sections in excess of 10%.  Tour de france 1961 : Massignan 1962 : (clm/ITT)…

Col du Pourtalet

Col du Pourtalet Col du Pourtalet, El Portalet or Portalet d’Aneu is a Cat HC climb to the border between France and Spain in Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The summit is 1794 metres and links the Ossau (France) and Tena (Spain) valleys. The name is tautological as Pourtalet comes from the Gascon language and means the same as the French word…

Col des Ares

Col des Ares Col des Ares is a Cat 3 climb in Haute-Garonne, between Juzet-d’Izaut and Fronsac, some thirty kilometres north of Bagnères-de-Luchon, and south-west of Aspet. The summit is at 797m altitude. There is a cafe and small hotel at the summit. Climb Col des Aers As climbs in the Pyrenees go, this one…

La Pierre Saint Martin

Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin is a Cat HC climb in Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The col is on the border between France and Spain. It has appeared in one Tour de France in 2007, on a stage that finished at Col d’Aubisque. The 2015 Tour de France will have a stage finish…