French Pyrenees Climbs

Climb Town Altitude (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Col d'Aubisque Argeles Gazost 1709 30.1 4.1 589 *****
Hautacam Argeles Gazost 1653 16.3 7.5 1090 *****
Cirque de Gavarnie Luz Saint Sauveur 2270 30.9 5.1 894 ****
Luz Ardiden Luz Saint Sauveur 1715 13.9 7.4 848 *****
Col du Tourmalet Luz Saint Sauveur 2115 18.8 7.5 1205 *****
Col d'Aspin Campan 1489 18.5 4.3 583 ****
Hourquette d'Ancizan Payolle 1564 10.1 4.7 290 *****
Col de Peyresourde Avajan 1569 10 6.6 523 ****
Superbagneres Luchon 1800 17.4 6.7 890 *****
Port de Bales Luchon 1755 19.7 5.7 820 ******
Col de Mente St Beat 1349 9.3 9.1 930 ****
Plateau de Beille Les Cabannes 1790 15.8 8.0 1220 ****
Ahuski Alcay 1080 13.9 6 794 ****
Ahuski Bastida 1080 10.4 7.7 1007 ****
Ax-3 Domaines Ax-les-Thermes 1350 8.1 8.6 724 ***
Cirque de Troumouse Luz-Saint-Sauveur 2092 27.2 5.2 1170 *****
Col d'Agnes Aulus-les-Bains 1570 10.2 8.1 978 ****
Col d'Agnes Massat 1570 17 5.3 624 ****
Col d'Aspin Arreau 1489 12.1 6.4 610 ****
Col d'Aubisque Ferrieres 1709 21.9 5.3 787 *****
Col d'Aubisque Laruns 1709 17.3 6.9 945 *****
Col d'Azet Bourisp 1580 10.7 7.3 827 *****
Col d'Azet Genos 1580 7.5 8.3 855 ****
Col de Bagargi Basaburua 1327 17.4 5.8 1141 ****
Col de Bagargi Larrau River 1327 14.5 6.5 1279 ****
Col de la Core Audressein 1395 17.5 5.1 548 ***
Col de la Core Seix 1395 13.8 6.4 657 ***
Col de Marie Blanque Bielle 1035 11.4 5.1 381 ****
Col de Marie Blanque Escot 1035 10 7.2 764 ***
Col de Marmare Luzenac 1361 16.7 4.5 421 ***
Col de Menté Pont de l'Oule 1349 10.9 6.6 751 *****
Col de Port Massat 1250 12.8 4.7 325 ***
Col de Port Tarascon-sur-Ariège 1250 17 4.6 475 ***
Col de Puymorens Ax-les-Thermes 1920 27.2 4.4 674 *
Col de Puymorens Latour-de-Carol 1920 18.8 3.4 297 *
Col des Ares Fronsac 797 8.4 4 225 ***
Col des Ares Le Job River 797 6.7 4.6 194 ***
Col du Chioula Ax-les-Thermes 1431 9.7 7.3 687 ***
Col du Chioula Prades 1431 6.3 3.7 105 ****
Col du Pourtalet Laruns 1794 28.7 4.5 571 ****
Col du Tourmalet Campan 2115 23 6.3 1424 *****
Hourquette d'Ancizan Ancizan 1564 10.3 7.8 824 ****
Col de Peyresourde Bagnères de Luchon 1569 15.3 6.1 664 ****
Col de la Pierre St Martin Arette 1760 25.9 6.1 1210 ****
Pla d'Adet Vignec 1680 10.7 8.1 1240 ****
Port de Bales Mauléon-Barousse 1755 19.5 6 1119 ****
Port de Lers Massat 1570 16.6 5.2 620 ****
Port de Lers Vicdessos 1570 11.5 7 815 ***
Port de Pailhères Ax-les-Thermes 2001 19 6.7 1272 ****
Port de Pailhères Usson-les-Bains 2001 14.9 8.1 1255 ****
Col de Portet d'Aspet Aspet 1069 14.3 4.2 645 ***
Col de Portet d'Aspet Audressein 1069 18.1 3.1 297 ***
Col du Portillon Bagneres de Luchon 1293 10.1 6.6 721 ***
Port de Larrau Larrau 1585 14.8 8.1 1342 ****
Route des Lacs Saint Lary Soulan 2196 24.4 5.6 1320 *****
Somport Bedous 1640 24.5 4.8 428 **


Mountains

The French Pyrenees are home to some of the most famous cycling climbs in the world. Hosting three or four stages of the Tour de France each year, these slopes have hosted battles between the greatest riders to have ever turned a pedal.

The mountains here are spectacular, challenging and steeped in history, making them a pleasure to ride for all cyclists - while sometimes causing pain in equal measure!

Scenery

The Pyrenees is a spectacular mountain range. Most of the high climbs are in the Central Pyrenees, an area which boasts numerous peaks over 3,000m. The scenery is more green and rugged than the Alps (and in our opinion more spectacular).

Roads

The road surfaces are of a consistently high quality in The Pyrenees and are a pleasure to ride on a road bike.

In peak season (august) there can be some traffic in the valleys, but most of the climbs are very quiet. The busier climbs are ones that are still active passes (e.g. Tourmalet / Peyresourde), but even here the traffic is not at all bothersome for cyclists.

Getting There

It can be quite tricky to get into the heart of the Pyrenees. Lourdes is the closes town with an airport and major train station, and is within cycling distance of several well known climbs.

Toulouse is the closest large airport to the Central Pyrenees, while Girona and Barcelona provide options if you are prepared to transfer further.

Weather

These are high mountains and the weather is predictably unpredictable! Summers are usually hot with a chance of thunderstorms in the late afternoon. Many of the climbs are open and cleared throughout the year, but most of the higher and more famous ones are closes from around late October to the end of May.

Tours

We run a self guided and a guidedcycling holiday to the region. Both tours climb many of the most challenging and best known climbs in The Pyrenees.