September in the Alps can be beautiful ….. and much quieter now that the tourist season is over.
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An eerie fog and many cows accompanied me on this “new” Tour de France climb.
I figured I had time to sneak up Col de Portillon and the Spanish border before the long drive home.
At a minimum Le Pla d’Adet is fun to say.
If you do one climb in the French Pyrenées, make it Lac de Cap de Long.
Here is an alternate, quieter route to Col d’Aubisque from Argelès-Gazost.
Deep in the French Pyrenées, the little ski station of Piau Engaly has hosted just one Tour de France stage.
Hautacam is a ski station above Argelès-Gazost in the Pyrenées. It has appeared 4 times as a mountain top finish in the Tour de France (’94, ’96′, ’00, ’08) – see small photo below for the stage winners.
Luz Ardiden is a small ski station in the Pyrenées that has hosted eight Tour de France finishes since 1985.
I’ve dreamed of doing this forever. Climb Col du Tourmalet, the most famous pass in the Pyrenées and then go much higher on an unpaved path to the towering Pic du Midi de Bigorre.