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Col des Tentes and Cirque de Troumouse

The Col des Tentes is  close to the French / Spanish border and at 2208m is actually higher than the Col du Tourmalet. The 19km ride from Luz-Saint-Sauveur to Gavarnie is quite gentle but the last 9 or 10 kms after Gavarnie are steep, an average of 7.8% with sections at 9%. If you're not in the mood for the steep bits, just stop stop at Gavarnie for a coffee and if you have the time try to see the Cirque de Gavarnie, a UNESCO World heritage site. As it's so popular, the road to Gavarnie can get very busy during the summer months. It's best to go early morning or late afternoon to avoid the traffic.

 

If you still have the energy after the Col des Tentes, on your way back down turn right just before Gedre and follow the signs for the Cirque de Troumouse. It is almost as high as the Col des Tentes and the last section is really narrow and steep. There's not normally so much traffic as you find going to Gavarnie, but careful on the way back down as there are some bumpy sections.

 

Total distance 93 km and 2447m of climbing. Shorter route, Col des Tentes only, 62 km and 1492m climbing.

Col des Tentes and Cirque de Troumouse

 

Col des Tentes and Cirque de Troumouse