The hardest part of this climb is to find the start of it when you come from Tarascon. You should head to the west over the river and the railway station on the N20, a big road.
Follow left to the big roundabout and cross it. This is where the climb gradually starts.
The road remains pretty big at the beginning and the climb never gets hard. At the contrary, there are some flat and even a descending part near Bédeilhac before you reach Saurat. You climbed 200 meters over 7 km.
Time to start real climbing as you are about to hit the steepest parts of the Portillon. And also, the most interesting part, although the forest does not give you a lot of views until the last kilometers before the top. Once you have finished the steepest kilometer at about 10%, the Col de Port again offers some friendly percentages and you can enjoy the last part of the climb. The open top very much resembles the top of the more famous Col d''Aspin, much further west.
The Col de Port is situated in Midi-Pyrenees. This climb belongs to the Pyrenees.
Starting from D 8 - D 618,
the Col de Port ascent is 17 km long. Over this distance, you climb 777 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 4.6 %.
Look for other sides to climb the Col de Port.
Since 2005, the Col de Port will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2009 : Andorre-la-Vieille > Saint-Girons on 11/07/2009
Tour de France 2007 : Foix > Loudenvielle - Le Louron on 23/07/2007
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