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Luz-Ardiden 500m from the finish

Mountains Cat-HCLuz-Ardiden

Col has been used by Tour de France

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 the ski station at 1720m. The max is 12%. It is a very well engineered road constructed in the 1970’s, with 25 hairpin bends and long straight sections in between. A beautiful ride up, the descend is the best there is anywhere. Period.


Luz-Ardiden, from the finish looking down on the switchbacks.

Luz-Ardiden Profile

Luz-Ardiden Profile

Climb Luz-Ardiden

Cat HC. 13.1 km @ 8%. Total climb is 982m. Road D12.

Luz-Ardiden Map

Luz-Ardiden is a very steady climb on a very good road. The gradient does not differ very much on the climb so it is easy to get and maintain a rhythm. The climb offers spectacular views of the grand peaks of Haute Pyrénées, it is mostly wooded until 4km to go where it opens up and you can see the ski station.

Remember to keep left at the junction 1.5km from the summit.

From the ski station you can look back down at the hairpins you have just climbed and wonder at you own awesomeness (that’s what I do anyway). You can also see Hautacam and Col du Tourmalet. In summer there is nothing open at the summit.
It can also be climbed from Gorge de luz via Viscos, this route is substantially harder to climb, being longer, steeper and with a poorer road surface. It is not recommended to descend this way.

Total distance: 13144 m
Max elevation: 1717 m

Luz-Ardiden 500m from the finish

Tour de France

Luz Ardiden has 8 stage finishes in Le Tour de France.

Year Stage Category Start of stage Distance (km) Stage winner Yellow jersey
2011 12 HC Cugnaux 211 Samuel Sánchez Thomas Voeckler
2003 15 HC Bagnères de Bigorre 159.5 NA NA
2001 14 HC Tarbes 144 Roberto Laiseka NA
1994 12 HC Lourdes 204.5 Richard Virenque Miguel Indurain
1990 16 HC Blagnac 215 Miguel Indurain Claudio Chiappucci
1988 15 HC Saint-Girons 187.5 Laudelino Cubino Gonzalez Pedro Delgado
1987 14 HC Pau 166 Dag Otto Lauritzen Charly Mottet
1985 17 HC Toulouse 209.5 Pedro Delgado Bernard Hinault

Vuelta a España

Year Stage Category Start of stage Distance (km) Stage winner GC leader
1995 17 HC Salardu 179 Laurent Jalabert Laurent Jalabert
1992 9 HC Vielha 144 Laudelino Cubino Jesus Montoya

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1 Comment

  1. VeroRabble says:

    Super ride, my favorite in the Pyrenees. So beautiful.

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