Col de Peyresourde - Luchon (Pyrenees)
|Start Town||Altitude (m)||Elevation Gain (m)||Length (km)||Gradient (%)||Difficulty||Rating|
|Bagnères de Luchon||1569||939||15.3||6.1||664||****|
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Roads & TrafficThe road surface is in very good condition throughout.
The first part of the climb between Luchon and Garin carries some traffic, although not enough to be a nuissance. After Garin it is quiet with cars generally only passing once every few minutes.
Col de Peyresourde is one of the legendary climbs of the Tour de France, with the race having tackled the climb over fifty times since its first appearance in 1910. Leaders over the summit have included the likes of Fausto Coppi, Federico Bahamontes, Bernard Hinault and Alejandro Valverde. Stages regularly uses both sides of the climb and have once finished at the ski station of Peyragudes, which is just 2km from the top of the Peyresourde. Most commonly, however, the climb is used in combination with other great ascents, such as the Col d'Aspin, Col du Tourmalet and Pla d'Adet.
The climb from Luchon is the more scenic side. It begins on a fairly steep road passing through small villages, before the scenery really opens up. The last 6km are beautifully picturesque, with the rolling green countryside forming a nice barrier between the highest peaks of the Pyrenees which lie on either side of the valley. The switchbacks at the top of the climb are wonderfully wide and gentle - making them enjoyable for both ascending and descending.
At the top of the climb you can turn left to continue to Peyragudes. This is a short and gentle extension which takes you around 60m higher and offers some nice views down towards the lake at Loudervielle.
The Peyresourde is usually kept open throughout the year as it is a relatively important pass in the region. Short term closures are possible in winter though.
Other sidesCol de Peyresourde can also be climbed from the west, starting in Avajan.
Nearby ClimbsRoute des Lacs
Port de Bales
Col du Portillon
Col du Tourmalet