A beautiful, introductory ride to the Pyrenees that is not too demanding and simply a lot of fun.
This is an out and back ride that summits the Col du Somport from the French side and then the Spanish side. It is highly recommended that you start the ride from the French side, ride up and over the col (traversing through Candachú on a cool descent) and then descend into Canfranc Estacón (a pleasant tourist town surrounded by granite cliffs). Get a bite to eat and repeat the climb, but from the Spanish side.
Note, the route described here is different than many of those described on the Internet. It only includes the road that bypasses the Somport Tunnel. Thus, the climb is much shorter than that starting in Jaca, Spain or Borce, France and the traffic is much, much less and the riding is much, much more fun!
– Out & Back: 19 miles / 3200 ft gain
– Location: ~ 30 Km north of Jaca, Spain
– Date Posted / Updated: ~ July 2017
– Terrain: Mostly 6 to 8 % grade from the north and south sides.
– Pavement: A local transit road with good tarmac on the Spain side.
– Traffic: Little to some, best to avoid the weekends.
Les Forges d’Abel. This is not really much of a town. Park along side the road.
**Food / Water
Near the summit in the town of Candanchú and at the turn around point, Canfranc Estación.
For general information on riding in the Pyrenees, see our blog post.
**GPX Track File
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