You do this ride for the up, not the down. Big views! Switchbacks! Steep grades!
Experience a part of the Pyrenees that the Tour de France cannot! (Logistically and legally, due to the national park status, the Tour cannot go here.) This is a 5-star ride and is one of the best climbs in Europe for natural beauty.
From the start to mile 9, the traffic is moderate. Thus, we have mapped a route that is a bit more circuitous (and fun) and puts you on less busy roads. On the way back in, the route keeps you on the main road, but with the downhill you will be traveling nearly the speed of traffic.
Do this ride on a day with mostly clear skies and moderate temps. The last 4 miles are very exposed to natural elements.
– Out & Back: 36 miles / 5600 ft gain
– Location: Luz Saint-Sauveur
– Date Posted: ~July 2017
– Terrain: A long sustained climb, but the real climbing begins at mile 14. Grades up to 14%.
– Pavement: Local transit road –> backcountry road. A mix of smooth tarmac and light chip seal. The last 4 miles has some rougher sections.
– Traffic: Moderate to little
There are several public parking lots near the center of town.
**Food / Water
Mile 9 at Gédre and a small cafe at mile 16.5.
For general information on riding in the Pyrenees, see our blog post.
**GPX Track File
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