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Col du Tourmalet via Bareges

LE COL DU TOURMALET via Bareges
Difficulty - Black
Distance - 64km
Elevation Gain - 1655m

This is a one way climb from the Argeles Valley, 1655m to the Col du Tourmalet. The "official" start 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 32km of climbing!

Good news is there's a cafe at the top .... Don't forget to get a photo of yourself next to the statue of Octave Lapize, the winner of the 1910 Tour de France. He is probably more famous for shouting, (or wheezing), "You are assasins. Yes assasins," at Tour de France officials at the top of the Col du Tourmalet
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Col de Tourmalet via Bareges

 

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!