Ardiden Velos Bike Rentals, Luz St. Sauveur, France - Tel +(33) 609 553102 -

Col de la Croix Blanche

Difficulty - Red or Blue
Distance - 52 or 38km
Elevation Gain - 795 or 285m

This is a lovely ride around the Argeles Valley that includes a decent climb to the Col de Croix Blanche, then a cross country route back to Argeles via Lourdes. The elevation gain is not too bad for beginners and as the top of the col is only at 820m this is a ride that can be done early or late season if there's snow on the higher cols.

The Blue Route No. 17 is an easier route that misses out on the Col de Croix Blanche and just continues on back to Lourdes after the Col de Lingous.


Col de la Croix Blanche


You can buy the official Topoguide "Velo de route" Map book here from Ardiden Velos or from the Office d'Tourisme in Luz St. Sauveur. It has separate cards for 20 of the best road bike routes in and around Luz St. Sauveur that you can take with you on your ride. It's in french and the photos are a bit old fashioned, but the maps are easy to follow and the routes are still as awesome as ever!