Col de Portet (Pyrenees)
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Roads & TrafficThe road surface is in very good condition (although occasionally cracked in places) for the first 8.5km.
There was some speculation as to whether or not the upper part will be fully paved in time for the Col de Portet's debut in the 2018 edition of the Tour de France, or whether the organisers will leave it as a 'French Finestre'.
There is little traffic on the climb.
Climb DescriptionCol de Portet is one of the toughest climbs in the Pyrenees. It shares the first half of its slopes with the challenging Pla d'Adet, but where Pla d'Adet starts to ease off in terms of gradients, the road splits and the
In addition to the gradients which (excluding the easy first kilometre) average well over 8% for the best part of 17km,
The Col de Portet made its Tour de France debut in 2018, during the shortest stage of the race (just 65km). It instantly became a hit, with Nairo Quintana winning on the day, and with the steep slopes and delightful hairpin bends proving very popular with fans. Col de Portet shares a mountain with Col du Tourmalet and, with time, it may even rival its famous sibling's title as the hardest and best climb in the Pyrenees.
The scenery is beautiful throughout the climb, particularly on the upper slopes when you get above the trees and are afforded wonderful views of the high mountains in all directions.
Col de Portet is open as far as the Pla d'Adet turn off throughout the year. The final 9km are usually open from June to October.
Other sidesThis is the only way to climb to Col de Portet (at least on a road bike!)
Nearby ClimbsPla d'Adet
Route des Lacs
Col de Peyresourde
Col du Tourmalet