Beautiful climb both from Bagneres-de-Luchon and from Mauléon Barousse though the views and scenery from Bagneres-de-Luchon are more attractive.
The climb starts on the north side of Bagneres-de-Luchon at the big roundabout (rather oval) at the point where the D618 and the D125 come together.
Follow the signpost for the Col de Peyresourde, for indeed, this is also the start of this somewhat more famous climb. You'll also follow the first 4 kilometers over the same route. Soon it goes up to 8%, and some sections reach percentages in the double digits.
After 4 km you leave the D618 and the Peyresourde, and drive right onto the D51 towards Port de Bales. Immediately, you get the hardest part of the climb with two kilometers of more than 10% on average with pieces up till 14%.
Once survived this, you will really enjoy the climb. The ascent meanders through sleeping villages at very bicycle-friendly gradients amidst beautiful surroundings. When you turn right onto the D51D in Bourg d'oeil, it gets more seriously again. The averages go back to 8% with some sections above 10%. The col however never gets real tough. Once reached the top, you get a wonderful view of the other, more difficult side of the Port de Bales. Supercol!
The Port de Bales is situated in Midi-Pyrenees. This climb belongs to the Pyrenees.
Starting from Bagnères de Luchon,
the Port de Bales ascent is 19.66 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1125 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 5.7 %.
Look for other sides to climb the Port de Bales.
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