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Col de Pailhères - Usson Les Bains

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Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 8.1 %

Length: 14.9 km

Height start: 794 m

Height top: 2001 m

Elevation gain: 1207 m

Maximum: %

Col de Pailhères rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 445 (all)
Ranking France: 65 (all)
Difficulty score: 138.88 what?

Col de Pailhères ratings

(4.9) Overall

(4) Road

(5) Traffic

(1.5) Amenities

(5) Surroundings

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Description

The Col de Pailhères is situated in Languedoc-Roussillon . Starting from Usson Les Bains, the Col de Pailhères ascent is 14.9 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1207 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 8.1 %.

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Since 2005, the Col de Pailhères will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2007 :  Mazamet > Plateau-de-Beille on 22/07/2007

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Stories, information and comments from Col de Pailhères climbers
Story by Patrick Cusack from London, United Kingdom, submitted on 03/09/2014
I rode to this from Pamiers trying to emulate my tdf heroes!! I passed over a Cat 2 Col after the Garmin sent me the wrong way and added 20k''s! I was due to finish on Ax-3-Domaines. It was a real murky August day, only adding to the aura.

In a thick mist I rolled into Usson, making the derelict baths even more eerie, and the road more foreboding. As I departed the gradient increased and doesn''t relent until just before Mijanes. (Mind the loose chipping here). It drops for about 1k, then BOOM! 8,9,10,8.....it''s unrelenting! Then another brief respite, before it saps every last idea of aspiration from your legs. No visible summit to inspire your bravery, just the thinning air to further immerse you into your own mortality!



I bonked big time! I was gutted, but in reflection to have climbed this Queen of Cols, I feel pretty proud. Needless to say I''ve left 3-Domaines for another year.



After climbing this I can see why the pro''s dope!



No cafe, till the descent into Ax - cash only. Careful going down, there''s lots fallen debris from above.
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Story by Graham from Isle of Man, United Kingdom, submitted on 22/06/2014
Cracking ride. In 2013 tour it surprised some. It''s not easy! Loads of switchbacks and some steep sections. Don''t ask when will the summit come. It never comes. It just keeps going and going. We passed masses of snow in mid June. Don''t go too hard as the last couple of k''s are the toughest. It is very very cold at the summit. The descent is awesome and beautiful. Pair it with col de choiula just outside ax les thermes on a loop from usson les bains. Stunning
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Story by CGM from , France, submitted on 27/04/2012
This is one of my local rides and I do it 3 or 4 times a year. I will of course have a local bias, but I think this is one of the most under-rated climbs in the Pyrenees, if not all of France. It is tough - consistently and unrelentingly steep. It is quiet, apart maybe from tourist traffic in the middle of summer, but then you get a lot of applause from said tourists at the top. It is ruggedly attractive terrain, with different moods and aspects, especially if you start back in Axat (12 km before Usson-les-Bains). The start is sudden, steep and quite brutal – it is over 9% for almost 2 km before the respite of a km or so going through Rouse. The gradient steadily steepens again to Mijanes after which the gradient virtually never drops below 8%. The section before the Mijanes ski-station feels interminable and can be very hot as there is no tree cover here. There is one last "easy" section (only 7%) for half a klik before you hit the hairpins. Although from here on up it is consistently 8-9% (more in places), climbing through all the hairpins is quite exhilarating and so this part never feels as bad. In my opinion, this climb, although not quite as long as Mont Ventoux, the Galibier or the Tourmalet, is a tougher proposition.
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Story by Jonathan Shannon from New York, United States, submitted on 08/03/2010
It is a very difficult climb, especislly when you factor in the hi winds, poor road conditions, and cold weather, even in August. A real leg breaker, especislly if one arrives having done other nesrby cols. Wow!!!
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