Col d'Aspin - Campan (Pyrenees)
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The Col d'Aspin from Campan is quite an easy climb. The first part is very gentle and, although the gradient does kick up in the final 6km, it is still not especially steep.
Roads & TrafficThe road surface is in very good condition throughout.
The climb is not especially busy, but expect to be passed by a car every few minutes.
Col d'Aspin is one of the most famous climbs in the Tour de France having been used for the 71st time in the 2015 edition of the race. It has never hosted a stage finish, but has regularly been used to join climbs such as the Col du Tourmalet and the Col de Peyresourde.
Much of the climb from this side is in forest, which makes the views pleasant rather than spectacular; although it does open up at the summit from where you can see the high peaks which form the border between France and Spain. The Col d'Aspin is a legendary climb and really enjoyable to ride; however, if you only have the chance to do one ride in this area, we would recommend the Hourquette d'Ancizan instead - which runs more or less parallel to the Aspin and has more impressive scenery.
Col d'Aspin is usually open throughout the year; although short term closures are possibly in winter if there is heavy snowfall.
Other sidesCol d'Aspin can also be climbed from the east, beginning in Arreau.
Nearby ClimbsCol du Tourmalet
Col de Peyresourde