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Col du Tourmalet and Col d'Aspin

This 100km route climbs the Col du Tourmalet from both directions ... The start of the west ascent of the Tourmalet is at Luz St. Sauveur, which is where you will find Ardiden Velos and from there it's 19km at an average gradient of 7.5% with a maximum of about 10%. Watch out just before and after Bareges, it gets kind of steep! Also the last 500m before the summit is over 10% and that's after 19km of climbing!

 

After a 17km descent down the east side of the Tourmalet you get to Sainte-Marie de Campan, which is where Eugene Christophe stopped to mend his broken forks in the 2013 Tour de France. From there it's about 13km to the Col d'Aspin with an average gradient of just over 5%.

 

On the way back, it's 17km climb from Sainte-Marie de Campan to the Col du Tourmalet with an average gradient of just under 7.5%. That is a couple of km less than the western side, but it's a relentless HC climb. There is a cafe at the top and then it's all down hill back to Luz-Saint-Sauveur.

 

Total distance 100 km and 3317m of climbing. Shorter route to Sainte-Marie de Campan only, 72 km and 1407m climbing.

Col du Tourmalet and Col d'Aspin

 

Col du Tourmalet and Col d'Aspin