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Le Col de Couraduque

Difficulty - Red
Distance - 71km
Elevation Gain - 1330m

If you're riding at the beginning or the end of the season, or if it's just too cold and miserable to ride the high cols, (it happens sometimes), this is a very good alternative route with lots of climbing, but at lower elevations .... The Col des Borderes is a little known Col linking Estaing with Arrens Marsous. The Col de Couraduque is a short, sharp 2nd Category climb up to a winter cross country ski station. 

Apart from just the climbs, the whole route is very scenic and is a good introduction for beginners who would like to conquer a few smaller cols before attempting the Tourmalet or Aubisque


Col de Couraduque


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!