Col d'Agnes (Pyrenees)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Massat 1,570m 921m 17.5 km 5.3% 624 ****

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Climb Description

Col d'Agnes is a great climb which has been criminally underused by the Tour de France. It has appeared just a handful of times in the race, with the side from Massat the more commonly used of the two.

The climb from Massat is the easier side, with the first 5km little more than a false flat. The gradient does then kick up, but rarely exceeds 8%. The scenery is nice on the lower part of the climb, running alongside the River Arac; however, it becomes much more spectacular as the hairpin bends start towards the top and the high mountain peaks become visible. The Agnes is a great climb to include in a longer route, combining it with, for example, Col de Latrappe, Col de Port or Col de la Core. The first 14km of the Col d'Agnes from Massat is the same climb as Port de Lers.

Col d'Agnes is open throughout the year, subject to weather, but be aware that short term closures are common in winter.

Col d'Agnes

The top of the climb

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in good condition.

There is little traffic on the climb.

Col d'Agnes

Beautiful open scenery in the last couple of kilometres

Alternative Routes

Col d'Agnes can also be climbed starting from Aulus-les-Bains. This is the shorter but more challenging side..

Nearby Climbs

Port de Lers

Col de Port

Col de la Core

Col de Menté

Col de Portet d'Aspet

Guzet Neige

Cycling Holidays

Col d'Agnes can be climbed as a route extension option on our Pyrenees Coast to Coast cycling holiday.

Check out the information below for details of this and some of the other tours that we run in high mountains.

Port de Pailheres Cycling
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 9 Days
Level: Difficulty Hard
Price: €1,980 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: €1,630 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Picos de Europa National Park
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,490 EUR