Port de Lers (Vicdessos)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Vicdessos 1,570m 807m 11.5 km 7.0% 815 ***

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Climb Description

Port de Lers is a nice climb in the Ariège region of the Pyrenees. It has been used five times in the Tour de France, most recently in 2015 when reigning World Champion Michal Kwiatkowski was first over the summit, before getting caught on the final climb to Plateau de Beille.

The climb from Videssos is the more challenging of the two sides, with irregular gradients making it difficult to settle into a comfortable rhythm. Much of the climb is in forest, with the scenery really opening up in the final 2-3km. Nevertheless. Port de Lers is a pleasant climb and certainly a good option to include as part of a longer route.

Port de Lers is open throughout the year, subject to weather, but be aware that short term closures are common in winter.

Port de Lers (Vicdessos) Cycling Climb

The last few kilometres are the most scenic

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in good condition and there is little traffic on the climb.

Alternative Routes

Port de Lers can also be climbed from the north, starting in Massat.

Nearby Climbs

Col d'Agnes

Col de Port

Guzet Neige

Col de la Core

Col de Menté

Col de Portet d'Aspet

Plateau de Beille

Cycling Holidays

Port de Lers can be climbed as an optional route extension on our Pyrenees Coast to Coast cycling holiday.

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

French FlagFrance

Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: €1,630 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,490 EUR