Pla d'Adet (Pyrenees)
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Pla d'Adet is a very tough climb, with the first 7km averaginng just under 10% gradient. It is almost unrelenting here and there is very little shade throughout the steepest part of the climb.
Roads & TrafficThe road surface is in good condition throughout.
There is little traffic on the climb.
Pla d'Adet is the kind of climb that comes to mind when you think of the Pyrenees. It is relatively short, steep and often very hot. It has been used numerous times in the Tour de France, with breakaway riders often taking the stage win rather than true general classification contenders. The climb is characterized by relentlessly steep gradients for the majority of its 10km, before easing off slightly as you get nearer the summer.
At the top of the climb is quite a large and unsightly ski resort; but there are also some fantastic views looking down towards Saint-Lary-Soulan and across to the Col d'Azet. There are nice views throughout the climb as well, with the steepest part of the ascent basically forming one giant switchback.
Pla d'Adet is a great climb for riders who enjoy a tough challenge and want to try something new in the Pyrenees, but if you are short of time, we believe that there are better and more enjoyable climbs in the area, such as Route des Lacs and Col d'Azet.
Pla d'Adet is open throughout the year. In winter, any snow is cleared to enable access to the ski resort.
Other sidesThis is the only way to climb Pla d'Adet.
Nearby ClimbsCol de Portet
Route des Lacs
Col de Peyresourde
Col du Tourmalet