French Pyrenees

CyclingUp: 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.
         


Rank Name of climb Diffi-
culty
(cep)
Height
(m)
foot-top
(m)
Steepest
km (%)
Mean
slope (%)
Length
(km)
1 Col du Tourmalet-west 1096 1404 711-2115 10.1 7.4 18.9
2 Col du Tourmalet-east 1055 1271 847-2115 10.0 7.5 16.9
3 Col de Tentes 1015 1524 684-2208 9.6 5.2 29.3
4 Cirque de Troumouse 1008 1421 685-2090 10.8 5.2 26.9
5 Hautacam 978 1191 430-1615 11.3 7.4 16.0
6 Luz-Ardiden 825 1030 685-1715 10.3 7.6 13.5
7 Col d'Aspin-west 412 649 847-1489 8.3 5.0 12.8


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Rank Name of climb Diffi-
culty
(cep)
Height
(m)
foot-top
(m)
Steepest
km (%)
Mean
slope (%)
Length
(km)
1 Col du Tourmalet-west 1096 1404 711-2115 10.1 7.4 18.9
2 Col du Tourmalet-east 1055 1271 847-2115 10.0 7.5 16.9
3 Col de Tentes 1015 1524 684-2208 9.6 5.2 29.3
4 Cirque de Troumouse 1008 1421 685-2090 10.8 5.2 26.9
5 Hautacam 978 1191 430-1615 11.3 7.4 16.0
6 Luz-Ardiden 825 1030 685-1715 10.3 7.6 13.5
7 Col d'Aspin-west 412 649 847-1489 8.3 5.0 12.8

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.