Col de PortillonBy Will • Sep 18th, 2012 • Category: Climbs, Cycling, pyrénées
For an overview map and details on every route I have cycled in the Pyrenées see here.
After a week of good weather, on the last day of my Pyrenées trip (last thursday), it was raining and cold.
But I figured I could still sneak up Col de Portillon before the long drive home.
Starting in Bagnères de Luchon, it’s just a 10 kilometre climb to the Col perched on the French / Spain border.
It was far quieter than I expected – being a road linking two countries. Occasionally very steep, it was scenic enough and I am glad I braved the elements to have a quick look.
I was itching to do the other side for my first ever climb in Spain, but it was very cold and wet and I was nervous it mght get even worse. Oh well, next time. I have included the Spanish elevation profile just for info.
Below, A Spanish Col sign !