The Peyresourde is one of the big Pyrenean col of the Tour. This is mainly due to its location near Bagnères-de-Luchon, often start or finish place in the Tour.
From there, the Col de Peyresourde will take you the quickest way west towards Col de l'Aspin and Tourmalet. From the north of Bagnères-de-Luchon take the D618 towards Loudenvielle. The Col starts here immediately and you'll feel that quickly.
Almost immediately you get 8%, something you don't immediately notice because of the big road you're on. The busy road remains quite steep up to Cazeaux-de-Laboust. There follows a flat section to catch your breath before starting the second, more interesting part of the climb. After Cazeaux-de-Laboust you can take a detour along Cathervielle and Portet de Luchon as shown on the attached profile, but the official route follows the D618.
After a few kilometers you will see on the right the characteristic "Z" against the mountainside to the top of the Peyresourde. It seems steeper than it is, about 8% on average. At the top you can go to the café for drinks and pancakes. If you like you can drive a little further on the right to the Peyragudes.
The Col de Peyresourde is situated in Midi-Pyrenees.
This climb belongs to the Pyrenees.
The Col de Peyresourde via Bagnères-de-Luchon is ranked number 135 of the Pyrenees.
This Col de Peyresourde approach starts in Bagnères-de-Luchon.
The Col de Peyresourde climb is 15.27 km long. You gain 939 heightmeters, so the average gradient is 6.1 %.
The climb is ranked 2093 in the world.
The maximum slope is 9%.
Since 2005, the Col de Peyresourde will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2020 : Cazères-sur-Garonne - Loudenvielle on 05/09/2020
Tour de France 2019 : Toulouse - Bagnères-de-Bigorre on 18/07/2019
Tour de France 2014 : Saint-Gaudens - Pla d'Adet on 23/07/2014
Tour de France 2013 : Saint-Girons - Bagnères-de-Bigorre on 07/07/2013
Tour de France 2010 : Bagnères-de-Luchon > Pau on 20/07/2010
Col de Peyresourde via Bagnères-de-Luchon popularity rank : 43
The Col de Peyresourde has been climbed by 41 climbbybikers. It is ranked No. 43 as the most climbed climb in the world.
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Col de Peyresourde via Bagnères-de-Luchon: 8 reviews
Ive climbed the Peyresourde both sides and ive found more difficult the way from Luchon than coming from Arreau.The starting just after Luchon is the hardest and when you reach the intersection to the Peyragudes no problem till the end.Just to ad that there is an alternative on this side by the ancient road by ""Portet de Luchon""
I climbed Peyresourde on both sides , but to my opinion the Luchon side is more interesting. The climbing is very nice with no very hard percentage, its regular. Very nice outlooks over the mountain around. It is possible to go back to Luchon by the road on the left when you go downhill that drives you in the villages
Loved it! Being a heavier rider (180 lbs - although in shape) it was not punishing like Tourmoulet. I enjoyed the views. Stunning. This climb was awesome. The one of the best of my 10 or so Cols on my trip. I enjoyed sprinting to the ""finish"" line left by the TdF riders a few weeks earlier.
The Peyresourde from Bagneres dLuchon is a cracker, steady rather than a brute. However it is deceptively long so take it easy at the bottom. Try the alternative descent down the rougher narrower road....a good test of your descending skills 17/5/08