Superbagnères (Pyrenees)

Start Town Altitude (m) Elevation Gain (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Bagnères de Luchon 1800 1163 17.4 6.7 1140 *****

Superbagneres Cycling Profile
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Superbagnères is a tricky climb which gets tougher the further you ascend. The final 10km average nearly 8% and require a decent level of fitness to conquer.


Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in very good condition throughout.

There is little traffic on the climb.


Climb Description

Superbagnères Cycling

Superbagnères is a tough cycling climb to a ski resort in the French Pyrenees. It backs on to some of the most impressive mountains in the range, including Aneto - the highest peak in the entire Pyrenees chain. It also has a rich Tour de France pedigree, having hosted six stage finishes between 1961 and 1989. Winners include Federico Bahamontes, Bernard Hinault, Greg Lemond and Robert Millar - suggesting that Superbagnères is very much a test for genuine climbers and general classification contenders.

It is a beautiful climb to ride on a bike. The road is quiet and the gradients are testing but never get too steep. The lanscape is stunning, particularly once you pass the turn to Hospice de France half way up the climb. The upper slopes offer unique views of the high mountains along the France-Spain border, and even the rather ugly Grand Hotel and ski resort at the top of the climb detracts little from the surrounding scenery.

Superbagneres is kept open throughout much of the winter to enable access to the ski resort, but it can get very cold. We recommend cycling here from June to October.


Other sides

This is the only way to climb to Superbagnères.


Nearby Climbs

Col de Peyresourde
Port de Bales
Col du Portillon




Tours

Superbagnères can be climbed as a route extension on our Pyrenees Coast to Coast and Pyrenees: Classic Cols cycling holidays.