CyclingUP in the French Pyrenees







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In terms of the area they occupy, the Pyrenees are France's second chain of high mountains. Nevertheless, the Tour visits the Pyrenees each year. This site's collection of cols is restricted to a relatively small part on the French side. However, it includes some of the most famous Tour de France climbs, namely the Col du Tourmalet (both sides), the Col d'Aspin (western side), and the ascents to the ski resorts of Hautacam and Luz-Ardiden. A comparison with the Alps shows that climbing cols in the Pyrenees is more or less as hard as climbings their counterparts in the Alps. My top-5 passes of the Pyrenees are all harder than the number 7 of the French Alps of this website.

RANKING of the climbs

       




Click on symbols for details of each climb



Rank Name of climb Difficulty
(cep)
Height
(m)
foot-top
(m)
Steepest
km (%)
Mean slope
(%)
Length
(km)
1 Col du Tourmalet-west 1347 1404 711-2115 10.1 7.4 18.9
2 Col du Tourmalet-east 1297 1271 847-2115 10.0 7.5 16.9
3 Col de Tentes 1248 1524 684-2208 9.6 5.2 29.3
4 Cirque de Troumouse 1239 1421 685-2090 10.8 5.3 26.9
5 Hautacam 1202 1191 430-1615 11.3 7.5 16.0
6 Luz-Ardiden 1014 1030 685-1715 10.3 7.6 13.5
7 Col d'Aspin-west 506 649 847-1489 8.3 5.1 12.8


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