On the road of the Tour de France
At 2,215 meters above sea level, it now surpasses the Col du Tourmalet and thus becomes the highest pass in the French Pyrenees crossed by the Tour de France in 2018 and a brand new challenge for cyclists, amateur or professional.
Tadej Pogacar won the July 14, 2021 stage as for the 2021 Tour de France, Saint-Lary saw Nairo Quintana’s victory in the 17th stage.
- Starting altitude: 822 m
- End altitude: 2,219 m
- Cumulative positive elevation gain: 1,675 m
- Distance:16 km
- Average slope:8.7%
- Level: difficult
This is a fairly consistent pass in difficulty without any extreme passages. But beware of the average gradient close to 9% along the 16km ascent.
A 34×32 gear is ideal, or even a 36×34 for the less trained. Don’t go too hard. Ride smoothly and regularly.
Think about bringing water and enough to hydrate regularly. Remember to fill up your water bottle at the village of Soulan: it is the last water point until the Col.
You will be able to enjoy an exceptional view from the 10ᵉ kilometer mark. You are in the middle of the mountains and luckily you will encounter few cars. You drive between meadows and pastures in the middle of herds of sheep and cows.