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Col de l'Aspin - Arreau

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Average grade: 6.5 %

Length: 12 km

Altitude start: 710 m

Altitude top: 1489 m

Ascent: 779 m

Maximum: 10 %

Col de l'Aspin rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 2602 (all)
Ranking France: 592 (all)
Ranking Pyrenees: 185(all)
Difficulty score: 80.46 what?

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The Col de l'Aspin connects the valley of the Neste d'Aure with those of the Adour. This way you will reach the Route des Cols and Bagneres-de-Bigorre. It is also the most appropriate route from the east to reach the foot of the Tourmalet in Sainte-Marie-de-Campan For this reason, the Col de l'Aspin's often done in the Tour de Fance.

The Col de 'Aspin is actually a "runner" and a lot easier than his reputation may predict. From Arreau take the D918 after about 200 meters. After two easy kilometers, the climb gets a little harder, but this is only temporary, because until Aspin-Aure gradients remain very human.
Note that five major switchbacks make that wind conditions during the col can change constantly.

After the wide bend near Aspin-Aure, where, if you ride with slower companions you get a good overview of the situation behind you, the climb becomes steeper. You keep on climbing however with a view of the beautiful surroundings and that's what makes the Aspin so attractive.

Faster than expected you reach the top of the col where you have to watch out for accrued cows and other animals. Nice, fairly easy climb and therefore a must for everyone.

The Col de l'Aspin is situated in Midi-Pyrenees. This climb belongs to the Pyrenees. Starting from Arreau, the Col de l'Aspin ascent is 12 km long. Over this distance, you climb 779 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 6.5 %. The maximum slope is 10 %.

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Since 2005, the Col de l'Aspin will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2016 :  L'Isle-Jourdain - Lac de Payolle on 08/07/2016
Tour de France 2015 :  Pau - Cauterets on 15/07/2015
Tour de France 2010 :  Bagnères-de-Luchon > Pau on 20/07/2010
Tour de France 2009 :  Saint-Gaudens > Tarbes on 12/07/2009
Tour de France 2008 :  Toulouse > Bagnères-de-Bigorre on 13/07/2008

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Story by Shaw Fox from Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom, submitted on 19/10/2009
I ride this climb a couple of times a year and nearly always ride part of the way up with a rider from another country, because the place is such a magnet for riders from around the world. It gives a mixture of conditions, from wide open bends and exposed fields with spectacular views to peaceful shaded woodland. The col is always busy with friendly tourists happy to take your photo by the sign and the descent over towards the Tourmalet is stunning mature evergreen woodland. Not too long but with some steepish bits and a nice easy start. The roads are narrow, so it feels like the historic climb it is.
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Story by Richard DeBehnke from Austin, United States, submitted on 21/07/2009
Did this climb the day the 2009 Tour de France went over prior to the Tourmalet climb and descent into Tarbes. Beautiful day and really good vibe from the fans gathering along the road. The climb is steady and offers great views as you go up. Not easy but one where you can challenge yourself by how fast you climb. Seracollin is a nice town to leave from to get there. Seeing the Tour there was fantastic and added a great deal to the experience except descending was limited to riding the brakes the whole way down. Seeing yourself later on TV as the leaders went by, priceless.
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Story by Jasper from Venlo, The Netherlands, submitted on 13/07/2009
Ive done the Aspin in 2003. Great mountain. It starts easy-going and its ideal to train your climb experience. Not too hard, not too easy.
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