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. The east side is climbed after the Col de Soulor.
But we're talking about the west side here, which starts from Laruns, just like the Col de Portalet. Instead of following the D934 towards Spain however, we take the D918 to the left just outside Laruns, crossing the bridge. While taking a couple of wide hairpins, we can see Laruns slowly disappear in our back. After 4 easy kilometers, we reach Eaux-Bonnes.
Just after Eaux-Bonnes, the real work starts, with even a 13% piece while riding towards the Cascade de Valentin, on the left side of the V-valley. Until you reach the Ski-station of Gourette, the climb never really gives you time to breath, with percentages in the neighbourhood of 10%. In Gourette, the road finally decides to go to the direction of the col to your left. Those last 5 kilometers are difficult but do-able. Once on the top, you can enjoy the new sight and review what you just conquered.
The Col de l'Aubisque is situated in Midi-Pyrenees
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Starting from Laruns,
the Col de l'Aubisque ascent is 16.6 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1190 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 7.2 %.
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Since 2005, the Col de l'Aubisque will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2012 : Pau > Bagnères de Luchon on 18/07/2012
Tour de France 2011 : Pau > Lourdes on 15/07/2011
Tour de France 2007 : Orthez > Gourette - Col d'Aubisque on 25/07/2007
Col de l'Aubisque from Laruns in 3D, on Googleearth!
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