Cycling Col de l'Aubisque Via Col de Soulor

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Col de l'Aubisque - Via Col de Soulor

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Average grade: 4.1 %

Length: 30.1 km

Altitude start: 463 m

Altitude top: 1710 m

Ascent: 1247 m

Maximum: 9 %

Col de l'Aubisque rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 1725 (all)
Ranking France: 364 (all)
Ranking Pyrenees: 110(all)
Difficulty score: 97.06 what?

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Together with the Tourmalet and the Galibier, the Aubisque is one of the great legendary climbs of the Tour de France. Yet, the climb is easier than e.g. the Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin. On the west-side, the Aubisque starts in Laruns. The first kilometers, till spa resort Eaux-bonnes, are fairly easy. It is only when you reach the Cascade de Valentin that things get really hard with a piece of 13%. From there till the top, it's 8 km at 8% average.

The Col de l'Aubisque is situated in Midi-Pyrenees. This climb belongs to the Pyrenees. Starting from Via Col de Soulor, the Col de l'Aubisque ascent is 30.1 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1247 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 4.1 %. The maximum slope is 9 %.

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Since 2005, the Col de l'Aubisque will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2010 :  Bagnères-de-Luchon > Pau on 20/07/2010

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Story by neil millen from Devon, United Kingdom, submitted on 06/10/2014
Started out from Louvie-Juzon and did a circular ride to Argeles-Gazost then up the Soulor then the Col D''Aubisque back down to Gourette and Laruns then home. The legs were gently stretched on the ride to Argeles and the valley views were beautiful with the mountains looming high to our sides. Out of Argeles it got serious for a short while and then eased off - a false sense of security because beyond Arrens it gets steep and rarely relents. It was 27 degrees C and it was hurting! It gets even steeper for the last kilometere to the Col Du Soulor but you are rewarded with a fantastic view and in my case a well deserved lunch! The ride up to The Aubisque is pretty easy after Soulor with only sheep and an over friendly sheep dog to trouble us. The views again are fantastic and after the photo opportunity we flew down to Gourette at some exhillarating speeds in excess of 80km. The weather broke and it rained heavily as we left Laruns - got back to Louvie Juzon soaked and really satisfied with the ride and achievement. Thanks to Nick and Mireille at Green Bike Pyrenees for their hospitality and advice.
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Story by bary dahlberg from Truckee, United States, submitted on 30/10/2012
Col de l''Abisque is a MUST DO for any cyclist who is in the region! You can see it in most Tour de France races, but the tv can never show the beauty of the countryside or the majesty of the mountains. From Argeles-Gazot and back is not severe and you can cheat by driving out of the village and starting half way. If you are hard you can do the Solour, then Abisque, then drop down, do Col de Marie Blance, then loop around and reclimb Solour from the north, THEN drop back to town. (leave early for this one!)It is best if you have some time and walk around town or do the flat ride down the river if the weather is qestionable. It''s not a fun place to be in any kind of weather even with all the clothes in your pack!
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Story by Ondrej from Bratislava, Slovakia, submitted on 26/07/2010
A really beautiful climb. Starting from Argeles-Gazost, it starts with a pretty steep climb, but after a few km its a beautiful road with mild up and down hills and through some picturesque french villages. From Arrens its a tasty Pyreneean climb again for 8km to the Col du Soulor. From there the road goes down and the views are stunning. The climb to the Aubisque is only 300m with beautiful views of surrounding peaks and valleys. Id rate it 4 stars for difficulty and 5 stars for countryside, views and overall enjoyment.
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Story by Andrew McGuigan from Stirling, United Kingdom, submitted on 29/07/2009
The road climbs steeply out of the pretty village of Argeles Gazost for 5KMs and then 9kms of relatively easy riding. The wind mild dry and pleasant. Leaving Arrens-Marsous the climb starts properly and in places is steeper than the Tourmalet. Soon engulfed with low lying cloud, head down and just grind away, 5mins/Km. With a poor road surface, now raining, attention to detail was vital. A herd of wild horses on the road what a surprise. The hill was eerie, silent, cold, wet but literally euphoric. Dangerous at 2000m on a narrow road without road barriers with a vertical drop off. Cyclists and campervans began to appear out of the cloud coming down from the Col and travelling fast on greasy wet roads with a lot of road debris. A fantastic tunnel in the rock appears, completely dark inside. Out of the tunnel, I had to weave through a herd cows with massive horns and no comprehension of drive on the right. My euphoria still at 90% I topped the Col! Back to our accommodation in Bonnefont, dip in the pool, a refreshment. Our proprietors Rob a cyclist himself and well versed on the local Cols Liz is a Nigella Lawson with attitude, totally understands how to feed cyclists. w ww.lajoiedevivre
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