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Port de Bales - Mauléon Barousse     open your myclimbbybike to add this climb

18.87 km  1755 m  (1185 m)  6.3 %


The Port de Bales is situated in Midi-Pyrenees. This climb belongs to the Pyrenees. The Port de Bales via Mauléon Barousse is ranked number 72 of the Pyrenees. Starting from Mauléon Barousse, the Port de Bales ascent is 18.87 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1185 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 6.3 %. If you want to climb the Port de Bales, you can find more information on how to train to climb the Port de Bales here.

Since 2005, the Port de Bales 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 2017 :  Pau - Peyragudes on 13/07/2017
Tour de France 2014 :  Carcassonne -Bagnères-de-Luchon on 22/07/2014
Vuelta España 2013 :  Andorra > Peyragudes on 08/09/2013
Tour de France 2012 :  Bagnères de Luchon > Peyragudes on 19/07/2012

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Port de Bales via Mauléon Barousse popularity rank : 71

The Port de Bales has been climbed by 24 climbbybikers. It is ranked No. 71 as the most climbed climb in the world.
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Port de Bales via Mauléon Barousse: 8 reviews


A nice ride along the river for the first few km, then across the bridge with about 12 km to go and the fun starts. The last 10 km average over 8.5% by the profile, but the gradient really varies. Nice views at the top if you do the climb on a clear day. Take everything you need with you, as there are no facilities. There is water available from a fountain near the intersection just before the climb starts in Mauleon Barousse.


Have climbed P d B twice, each time from Mauleon Barousse. Seems simple enough, at least til you get to the bridge over the river, then it starts to get steep. Probably the biggest challenge is finding your pace on this climb with such variations in the grade - 7% - 9% 6% - 10% etc. As of 2013 the road surface is not bad at all, however there needs to be ongoing work to keep the road in place against it crumbling away into the valley below. Above the treeline you can sense the top is near, giving something to think about other than the pain in your legs :)


Ive climbed it just before the TdF peloton. The camping cars on the sides of the road added a lot to the great atmosphere. The climb itself starts as if if nothing was going on. When it finally starts to rise, its pretty steep. The average 6.3% doesnt describe this climb very good. The very steep parts with more than 10% are interleaved with almost flat parts. Most of this climb is in the forrest, so you get views of the beautiful mountains only in the last 4-5 km. I would rate it 5 for difficulty but only 3 for the views and enjoyment.

Paul Jones

A great climb and one you feel a great sense of achivement for making. Its very easy to go to hard to early as every rider who passed me during the early Kms found out. The road is a little crap in places even though its been re-surfaced. I rode up the morning before the tour went over and Im not so sure that the riders will suffer to much to be honest. I did theclimb, then rode down 2kms to find my freind and then rode back up on the 50 ring just for fun. go ride it, youll love it

Sam Yarwood

Climbed the Port de Bales, from the Mauleon Barrousse side last autumn, just after theyd put the new road down on the other side. Its a beautiful, picturesque climb, with a fairly easy bottom section (be warned - its easy to get the pace too high here and then be cooked when you get to the steeper middle sections. The descent is FAST, especially the bottom section as you approach the bottom of the Col de Peyresourde. If you are going up the Peyresourde on the same ride, be warned- there is NO valley section at all before the climb starts again. The Bales descent finishes and the Peyresourde starts immediately. With the Col de Port, Col de Portet dAspet and the Col de Mente already in their legs the 2007 TdF riders (stage 15) and the 2007 Etape du Tour riders for that matter are really going to be blown to pieces!

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