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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


Col de Tourmalet via Bareges