Category: Cols

Col du Portet At 2215m altitude, this is the highest Tour de France finish in the French Pyrenees. The climb is a spectacular 16km @8.7%. The Col du Portet is located above the village of Saint-Lary Soulan in the Hautes-Pyrénées and during the winter it is at the heart of the resort’s ski area. With an

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 de Peyresourde Col de Peyresourde ia a Cat 1 climb on the borders of Hautes Pyrenees and Haute Garonne. The summit is 1569 metres altitude. It was included in the first mountain stage of Le Tour de France in 1910 and has appeared regularly since. In 2012 there was a stage finish at the

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

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 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 (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

Cauterets – Vallée de Saint-Savin-Cambasque Cauterets-Cambasque is a 15 km climb from Pierrefitte-Nestalas to 1330m altitude. The first 10km are easy enough but after the town of Cauterets it kicks-up very sharply for 3km before easing off for the last 2. Cambasque has been used as a stage finish by Tour de France and Vuelta

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

Portet-d’Aspet Col de Portet d’Aspet is is a Cat 2 climb in Haute-Garonne. The summit is 1069 metres altitude. It is situated on the D618 road between Aspet, Haute Garonne to the west and Saint-Girons, Ariége in the east. The climb is short but very steep on the western side. It was in the first mountain

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 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 de Puymorens Col de Puymorens is a Cat HC climb in Ariége. The summit is at 1915 metres altitude near the border of France, Spain and Andorra. It was first used in Le Tour de France in 1913 and last in 1993. The road to the col is very busy and it has very

Luz-Ardiden Luz Ardiden is a Cat HC climb to a ski station in Hautes Pyrenees. About 30km south of Lourdes in a valley known as Pays Toy (country of the small people). The climb starts in the spa town of Saint Sauveur at 710m altitude and climbs for 13.1km @ 8% to the summit at

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

Col de Couraduque Col de Couraduque is a cross-country ski station in Val d’Azun. It is a really great climb for cycling and has been used as a stage finish by Route du Sud in 2016. From Argeles-Gazost climb in the direction of Col du Soulor until the village of Aucun. In Aucun take the right

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 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