Croix Blanche

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…

Col des Borderes

Col des Borderes

Col des Bordères Col des Borderes is a Cat 2 climb in Hautes Pyrénées. The summit is 1157 metres altitude. This is a very beautiful climb, I would say that as I live on it’s lower slopes in Saint-Savin. Bordéres comes from the Gascon language and means “Barns”. You can start from Argeles-Gazost or From Pierrefitte-Nestalas.…

Port de Lers

Port de Lers

Port de Lers Port de Lers (or Port de l’Hers or Port de Massat) is a Cat 1 climb in Ariège, between the communities of Aulus-les-Bains (west), Massat (north) and Vicdessos (east). The summit is 1516 metres altitude. Cat 1 from Vicdessos, the climb is 11.5 km @ 7%, gaining 807 metres. Road D18. Cat 1 from Massat, the…

Port de Pailhère

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…