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The temple of cycling
The Tourmalet Pic du Midi destination has no shortage of routes to delight all cyclists: from the countryside to discover the local heritage, to the more arduous hillsides via small, calm, picturesque roads which lead to the Aspin and Tourmalet passes and all the legends of the Tour de France. You can discover the region at your own pace. These mountain passes offer a superb panorama which fully rewards all the effort required to get up there!
The Col du Tourmalet
At 2115 m, it’s one of the highest road passes in the Pyrenees, where the legend of Tour de France cycling is written almost every summer, in the shadow of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre. Between Barèges and Campan, its bare slopes welcome lots of visitors and cyclists in summer, following in the wheel tracks of those who climb the Grande Boucle.
Col du Tourmalet cycle info:
Uncategorised pass – Ascent of the Col du Tourmalet by the eastern slope, from Campan, a very long climb.
Leight gain: 1268m (departure altitude: 660m – arrival altitude: 2115m)
average %: 6%
maximum %: 9%
Ascent of the Col du Tourmalet by the western slope, from Luz-Saint-Sauveur, a panoramic landscape on the Pays Toy.
- Length : 19 km
Height difference: 1404 m (departure altitude: 711m – arrival altitude: 2115m)
- % average : 7.4%
- % maximum : 10.2%
Please note: in winter, the two slopes of the Col du Tourmalet make up the “Grand Tourmalet Barèges La Mongie”, the largest ski area in the French Pyrenees.
Col d’Aspin (1489 metres)
The smallest among the grander Aubisque and Tourmalet, Aspin offers gentler profiles on its sides and at its summit. From Barèges or Bagnères-de-Bigorre, this classic route which skims over the western slope of Sainte-Marie-de-Campan then the Payolle resort and lake invariably leads on the opposite slope to Arreau, gateway to the Valleys of Aure and Louron.
Col d’Aspin cycle info:
1st category pass – Ascent of the Col d’Aspin on the eastern side, from Arreau. It’s on this slope that the ascent is shortest and most arduous.
- Length : 12.5km
Height gain: 790m (departure altitude: 705m – arrival altitude: 1489m)
- % average : 6.5%
- % maximum : 9.5%
Ascent of the Col d’Aspin on the western side from Bagnères de Bigorre, this ascent, undoubtedly the easiest of the main stage of the Pau-Luchon pass road, is a classic.
- Length : 25km
- Height gain : 934m (departure altitude : 555m – arrival altitude : 1489m)
- % average : 3.8%
- % maximum : 7.5%
La Hourquette d’Ancizan (1560 metres)
Passage open like a small “hourque” (fork) between the Payolle and Aure valleys. The scenery at the top is superb. Located at the foot of the Arbizon overlooking the summer grazing and pastures of 4 Véziaux.
Ascent of the Hourquette d’Ancizan via the Ancizan / Guchen slope
- Total ascent : 9,6 km.
- Average slope : 7,7 %.
Ascent of the Hourquette d’Ancizan via the Campan side
- Total ascent : 8,6 km.
- Average slope : 4,8 %
“Motivating” signage: The Hautes-Pyrénées installed, back in the 1990s (which was an exclusive), signage only intended for cyclists. These panels are located along the climbs of the department’s 18 passes. They show the distance remaining to the summit, the average slope percentage and the altitude. This information is designed to help cyclists manage their effort and adjust their gears.
The other passes in the department:
The Hautes Pyrénées are fortunate to have many legendary Tour de France passes separated by just a few dozen kilometres.
- The col du Peyresourde : 1569 m
- The col du Soulor : 1474 m
- The col d’Aubisque : 1 709
- The col de Couraduque : 1367 m
- The col du Portet : 2215 m
Cycling passport : This is a booklet you can get stamped at tourist offices which lists all your mountain pass ascents. Once you’ve done all the passes, you can send your booklet to the departmental council, which sends you back, a short time later, your Bronze, Silver or Gold Haut-Pyrenean Cycling Certificate.
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