Col de la Pierre Saint Martin (North)

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This route rides like that song that is mellow, rhythmic, enthralling…. and somewhat dark and deep.

We like this route for three reasons: 1) the challenge of a climb that is long, sustained, and consistent in grade, 2) the lack of traffic and cyclists, and 3) the absolute green and lushness of the forest and high valleys. 

The first half of the route is in the forest and provides “peek-a-boo” views of the surrounding hills and mountains. As you get higher in elevation, the views open up and the landscape becomes more rugged and barren and the views become big and expansive. 

This is a route to do on a sunny day, avoid it if it is cloudy, foggy or wet.

**Road Ride
Inverted lollipop:  35 miles /  5800 ft gain
– Location: Lées
– Date Posted: July 2017

– Terrain: A long, sustained Pyrenees climb, with a short respite from mile 7 to 10.
– Pavement: Mostly back country roads, near the summit the roads are wider with a bit more traffic. The tarmac is in good condition, light chip seal to smooth tarmac.
– Traffic: Very little to little.

**The Start
As you enter Lées from the south on D231, there is a small picnic area/parking on the left.

**Food / Water
Just before the summit at the ski resort.

**More Info
For General information on riding the Pyrenees, see our blog post.

**GPX Track File
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