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 name in the Pyrenees where it refers to mountain passes, by analogy with the fork shape. It is the equivalent of the French word Col.
Starting from Ancizan in the east, the climb is 10.3 km @ 7.8%. Over this distance, the climb is 805 m. After Ancizan, the road goes up sharply, with stretches of 15% in the first kilometre, but after the first 3 km , the climb becomes more moderate. Both assents by Le Tour de France have been from this side.
Starting from Campan, the climb is 22.6 km @ 4%. Over this distance, the climb is 904 m, with the steepest section being at 10.0%. It is the same as the climb to Col d’Aspin up the the ski station at Payolle. From there you take a right turn. 1km later the grade will kick up but it is never as steep as the eastern side. 4km from the summit there is a 1km downhill section before the final 3km. It is not a very difficult climb with only the last 8km offering any significant gradient and the scenery is very beautiful.
There are no facilities at the summit.
La Hourquette d’Ancizan has 2 appearances in Le Tour de France. Both time the col was climbed from the east.
2011 : L. Mangel
2013 : Daniel Martin