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Climbs of the Pyrenees

Port de Pailhères

Port de Pailhères Port de Pailhères (or Col de Pailhères) ia a Cat HC climb in Ariége between Mijanès (south-east) and Ax-les-Thermes(west). The summit is 2001 metres altitude. It was first used in the 2003 Tour de France, since then it has become one of the most popular climbs with cyclotourists. Port de Pailhères has replaced Col de Puymorens…

Col de Val Louron-Azet

Col de Val Louron-Azet Col de Val Louron-Azet is a Cat 1 climb in Hautes pyrénées between Genos and Saint-Lary-Soulan. It is also known as Col d’Azet. The summit is 1580 metres altitude. It connects Saint-Lary-Soulan , in the valley of Aure , to Génos and Loudenvielle in the Louron valley by Road D225. Cat…

Col du Portillon

Col du Portillon Col du Portillon is in Haute Garonne on the border between France and Spain. The summit is 1293 metres altitude. Cat 2 from Bossòst in Spain, the climb is 8.6 km @ 6.8%, with 583 metres gain. The steepest section is at 8.2%, 3 km from the summit. Cat 1 from Bagnères-de-Luchon, the climb is 10.2 km @ 6.5%…

Col d’Aubisque

Col d’Aubisque The Col d’Aubisque (1,709 m) is in the department of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, in the Aquitaine region of France. It is approx. 50km south of the city of Pau. Col d’Aubisque photo Gallery. The col is on the northern slopes of the Pic de Ger (2,613m.) and connects the towns of Laruns, in the…

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,…

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…

Hourquette d’Ancizan

La Hourquette d’Ancizan La Hourquette d’Ancizan ia a Cat 1 climb in Hautes Pyrénées. The summit is at 1564 metres altitude. It is on road D113 connecting Campan in the west to Ancizan in the east. La Hourquette d’Ancizan runs parallel to Col d’Aspin. Hourquette is from the Gascon language. It means fork. It is a common place…

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…