Col de la Core (Audressein)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Audressein 1,395m 892m 17.5 km 5.1% 548 ***

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Climb Description

Col de la Core is something of the ugly duckling amongst the great cycling climbs in the Pyrenees. It is quite easy, fairly unspectacular and in a slightly out of the way location. Indeed, the Tour de France has tackled the climb on fewer than ten occasions - a pitiful amount compared with some of the neighbouring ascents.

There is not really much to say about the Col de la Core. It is pleasant enough and in most other locations in Europe it would be regarded as a marquee climb. However, in the Pyrenees it is overshadowed by more challenging, more illustrious and more scenic climbs nearby. By all means include it as part of a longer route, but we would not recommend spending a day to specifically do this climb.

Col de la Core is open throughout the year, subject to weather. Closures due to snow are common in the winter.

Col de la Core (Audressein)

The scenery opens up a bit at the very top of the climb

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is generally in good condition. It is not the smoothest that you will find, but there are no significant holes and no loose gravel. It is absolutely no problem to climb on a road bike, but is a bit bumpy.

There is little traffic on the climb.

Alternative Routes

Col de la Core can also be climbed starting from Seix.

Nearby Climbs

Col de Portet d'Aspet

Col de Menté

Col des Ares

Col d'Agnes

Col de Port

Guzet Neige

Port de Lers

Cycling Holidays

Col de la Core can be climbed as an extension option on our Pyrenees Coast to Coast cycling holiday. Although, it is a bit out of the way, so only advisable for very strong riders!

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