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Col du Soulor via Col de Spandelles

LE COL DE SOULOR via LES  SPANDELLES
Difficulty - Black
Distance - 59km
Elevation Gain - 1850m

This has to one of my favorite road bike routes. It's not so far, only 59km from Argeles Gazost, but that includes 1850m of climbing and incorporates two major cols. It's all climbing or descending, very little on the flat .....

The Col de Spandelles is a little used Category 1 climb that winds it's way up through the trees out of Argeles Gazost. The descent is more open and steep with a lot of hairpin bends. At the bottom of the descent it's straight back into climbing mode again. From Ferrieres, the Col de Soulor is only abot 8 km, but at an average gradient of 8%, with quite a few 9% sections. After 1850m of climbing, the decent back to Argeles Gazost is very welcome. If you're starting at Luz St. Sauveur, it adds about another 38km to the ride.

 

Col du Soulour via Col des Spandelles

 

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!