Are you on holiday near Prades? Be sure not only to climb the Col de Jau, but drive a dozen kilometers further on the busy N116 to Villefranche-de-Conflent, where the road (D6) to the Col de Mantet actually starts. You are in the Catalan Pyrenees where the first peaks of the eastern Pyrenees lie. First you pass by Fuilla (note that there are three Fuilla’s on your way, lower, middle and upper) and Sahorre through a lovely valley. On your left you will see the giant Canigou (El Canigó - 2784.66 meters).
After about 8 kilometers, in Sahorre, the climb indicated on the climbbybike profile begins. The road runs alongside the river La Rotja and trees and rocks offer some protection against the sun. It still goes up steadily but never more than 7%. After the road crosses the Rotja you reach Py, the highest village on this side of the Col, which is named after the village of Mantet on the other side.
Here, at 1,000 meters altitude, the real climbing starts. Just after leaving Py, your Garmin already shows more than 10% over several hundred meters. In about nine kilometers to the top you have to overcome another 750 altitude meters, i.e. 8.33% on average. That is similar to many major Tourcols! The Col de Mantet was never climbed in the Tour however. At the top there is nothing and just across lies only Mantet, a small village where the summit is named. Behind that only peaks that form the border with Spain.
But before we can see those, we yet have some serious climbing to do, including a portion of 14 to 15%. The Col de Mantet is indeed a typical Pyrenean col. The road surface is not great but not too bad either, but the grade changes constantly. So, hard to find a good rhythm and heavier than a steadily rising col. After a tough kilometers of 10% on average, the climb fortunately “flattens” somewhat in the final kilometers. The view of the area also makes up for it. The Col de Mantet is for the most part after Py an open climb overlooking the surroundings and Canigou. Which you can also admire from the summit at 1761 meters where, in summer, you will find quite often hikers who come enjoy the peace and nature. If you feel like, you can still descend to Mantet, about 2.7 kilometers further at 8% on average
The Col de Mantet is situated in Midi-Pyrenees. This climb belongs to the Pyrenees.
Starting from Sahorre,
the Col de Mantet ascent is 14.8 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1086 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 7.3 %.
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