Col du Soulor

Col du Soulor
Col du Soulor

Mountains Cat-HCCol du Soulor

Col has been used by Tour de FranceCol du Soulor is a Cat HC climb near Argeles-Gazost in Hautes Pyrénées. The summit is 1474 metres altitude. A Tour de France classic it is one of the cols of “The Circle of Death” also one of the most beautiful roads in the world. Bucolic and rustic, it sometimes seems that you have traveled back in time several decades. There are 3 way to get to the col. From Argeles-Gazost to the south. From Ferrieres on the northern side. The easiest and most spectacular is from the Col d’Aubisque. All the roads are quiet as with much of the Pyrenees. The road between Soulor and Aubisque (Cirque du Litor) is among the most famous in cycling, the helicopter shots on TV leaving many viewers speechless with awe. This is a must do for any cyclist, a real Tour de France classic which has been crossed over 60 times since 1910. Usually it is part of the route which takes the riders to or from Col d’Aubisque and is not categorized in it’s own right. There are 2 cafes at the summit.

Col du Soulor
Col du Soulor
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Col du Soulor: 42.961448, -0.262299

Climb Col du Soulor

Cat HC from Argelès-Gazost (east), Col du Soulor is 19.5 km @ 5.2% gaining 1091 metres. It is a hard climb for the first 4km on a busy road to the village of Arras-en-Lavedan. There is a flattish section to Arrens, 7.5km from the summit. From here it gets tough with 7km @ 8.3% and a max of 18%. Road D918.

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Col du Soulor
Col du Soulor Profile
Total distance: 19213 m
Max elevation: 1462 m

Cat HC from the north, on road D126. Starting from Arthez-d’Asson, the ascent is 22 km @ 4.9% gaining 1074 metres. The real climbing, however, comes at Ferrières from where the last 12 km average 8%. This is the best way to climb the col. It is the road least used by Le Tour and is very quiet in the busiest part of summer. For a real hard ride depart from Argeles-Gazost up Col de Spandelles, descend to Ferriéres and climb Soulor this side. You will have 2000m of climbing in 36km. Bring lots of food, there is nothing on this route from when you leave Argeles until the summit of Soulor.

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Col du Soulor Profile
Col du Soulor Profile
Total distance: 11480 m
Max elevation: 1468 m

 Tour de France

The Col du Soulor was first used in the 1910 Tour de France. Usually the col is not categorized on it own but rather as part of the climb of Col d’Aubisque.

It has been categorized 20 times. If all the passages are counted it is the second most crossed col in Le Tour de France after Col du Tourmalet, but Col d’Aubisque is officially recognized as that.

1912 : Christophe
1934 : Vietto
1936 : S. Maes
1947 : Robic
1954 : Huot
1955 : Gaul
1956 : Bahamontes
1970 : Delisle
1973 : P. Torres
1974 : Oliva
1975 : Van Impe
1979 : Martinez
1982 : Chalmel
1985 : Roche/Pino
1995 : c.g.
1996 : Hervé
1997 : Brochard
1999 : Tonkov
2002 : L. Jalabert
2010 : Burghardt

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