In principle, the Col de Menté can be started at several places. From Aspet it would be a very long col with more than 20 km and almost 1000 altimeters. From Sengouagnet the col is more than 16 kilometers long.
This part has the Col de Menté in common with the Col de Portet d'Aspet. It is also the easiest part of both cols. Between Portet and Henné Morte and Pont de l'Oule it never gets really steep and you only cross 200 altimeters. Good for an average of 2%! After that, it becomes a tough climb for both the Portet d'Aspet and the Col de Menté. In the case of the Col de Menté, it takes another three kilometers, until you turn on the D44 before the real climbing starts.
But the last 7 kilometers are quite steep. No less than 16 hairpin bends give you an overview of what's happening behind and in front of you. They make the climb quite fun even if it's an enclosed col where mountainsides and trees obstruct views. On top of the col there is also a nice café-restaurant with good food and pancakes as a reward!
The Col de Menté is situated in Midi-Pyrenees.
This climb belongs to the Pyrenees.
The Col de Menté via Pont de l'Oule is ranked number 219 of the Pyrenees.
This Col de Menté approach starts in Pont de l'Oule.
The Col de Menté climb is 10.9 km long. You gain 716 heightmeters, so the average gradient is 6.6 %.
The climb is ranked 3080 in the world.
The maximum slope is 9%.
Since 2005, the Col de Menté 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 2018 : Carcassonne - Bagnères-de-Luchon on 22/07/2018
Col de Menté via Pont de l'Oule popularity rank : 108
The Col de Menté has been climbed by 18 climbbybikers. It is ranked No. 108 as the most climbed climb in the world.
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Col de Menté via Pont de l'Oule: 5 reviews
Thought I would give this climb the honour of being my first major col. The gentle rolling road from Aspet loosened my legs up a bit then apart from a short steep section near the start the climb was pretty steady. Having said that the hairpins did seem to go on and on. It has certainly given me the taste for more.
I pulled this climb out of the hat this morning, it was overcast and I wasnt dressed for a soppy cool descent from 1300 metres but on reaching St Beat there it was. It was a lovely climb, not easy but once my knees found their sweet spot I was happy. Was sucked into the clouds about 1000 metres and couldnt see much after that; continuing up to the ski station was simply gratuitous fun. Will be back to do it on a clear day or at least with a weatherproof.
Not the biggest; not the most famous; but a bit of a gem, all the same. Treat yourself to some refreshment in the nearby town of Aspet (or at the summit cafe atop the Col de Portet dAspet) then grit your teeth and get going. Just rode it today in 30+ degree heat and it seemed tougher than when I last rode it a couple of years back. The first 4-5km are deceptive, because theres some downhill mixed in with stretches at 13%. Plenty of shade, but its just lulling you into a false sense of security. From Couledoux, things get a bit more serious and the stack of 10 hairpin bends foretells of some hard work ahead. Once youre past halfway, the views back down the stack and to the distant peaks are pretty special. Eventually, at about 1km to go, the road straightens again and the gradient eases off a little to 6%-ish. Cafe at the top (in season), but the best reason to climb the Mente from this side is to get the descent on the other side. Another stack of fantastic, swooping hairpins, followed by a long straight/gently bending drop into St Beat. A great way to spend an hour and a half!