Le col du Tourmalet
It’s right here, at the Col du Tourmalet pass, that some of the most exciting pages in the Tour de France’s history have been written.
The giant of the Pyrenees, Le Tourmalet
No other mountain pass in the Pyrenees has been included so often in the Tour de France – which shares more than a century’s worth of thrills and feats with the Col du Tourmalet. As the centrepoint of the Grand Tourmalet-Barèges-la Mongie ski resort in wintertime, come summer, cyclists from all over the world once again descend upon this challenging key stage to compete.
Col du Tourmalet and the Tour de France go way back! Tourmalet is the world cycling capital – all of the Tour de France greats have pedalled through here! The very best climbers have led the way on this stage, Fausto Coppi, Fédérico Bahamontès, Eddy Merckx and Lucien Van Impe among them…
Le col du Tourmalet, the Holy Grail for cyclists – accessible to everyone
Tourmalet literally means “a trick” (as in, play a trick on someone) … but you’ll be glad you fell for it when you get to the top!
Take height … and savor the moment at the Tourmalet
Here we are ! What a sense of achievement if you’ve just cycled all the way up the pass! And what a wonderful feeling if you came up by motorbike, car or campervan!
A view of 2 valleys
From this midway point between Haut Adour on one side and Barèges valley on the other, what a stunning view unfolds before your very eyes!
This scenery has been shaped by centuries of mountain farming
This scenery has been shaped by centuries of mountain farming, and you’ll be able to see sheep and cows grazing freely still today… Don’t be surprised if you make some unexpected encounters over by La Mongie: with flocks of llamas, who also thrive in these high mountain pastures !
Whether by normal or electric-assist bike, with friends or as a family, are you ready to take up the challenge and outdo yourself on the col-ossus of Tourmalet? Bikers and campervan tourists – brace yourselves for a breathtaking ride! Become a great at your own level…
Did you know ?
- Located at an altitude of 2115 m, the Col du Tourmalet is the highest mountain road pass in the French Pyrenees.
- The Chairlift of Tournaboup is open all summer (for pedestrians and mountain bikes)
- Closed pass in general from November 1st to May 31st (depending on weather conditions)
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