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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.
I absolutely loved this climb.
I had previously thought that Col du Tourmalet (2115 metres) was the highest paved mountain pass in the French Pyrenées, but in fact it is Port de Boucharo (2270 metres).
Les Arcs is one of our favourite French high Alps ski stations. The high point is Aguille Rouge at over 3200 metres. I am terrified the few times I have skied down …. but always thought it might be a great cycling goal.