Let me go out on a limb and say this is my absolute favourite climb.
Cyclo-tourists coming to the Alps understandably flock to the Route des Grandes Alpes to do the famous Tour de France climbs.
But there are countless lessor known climbs that are as beautiful, much quieter, and often very challenging.
Two cows and the actual Croix de Fer (Iron cross) over our shoulder.
A truly perfect day cycling.
A fun day watching the Dauphiné Libéré near the top of Mont ventoux.
The west side was still closed to cars but I had spoken to a couple of cyclists yesterday and knew that I should be able to get to the top.
Col du Tourmalet is one of the most famous climbs in cycling and the highest cycling Col in the Pyrénées. Today was just a dream day on the bike.
Col d’Aubisque was part of the famous 1910 stage where Octav Lapize called the race organizers “assassins.”
Broadly speaking, the famous climbs of the Pyrénées can be split into two categories:
Old mountains routes & Purpose built roads up to newish ski stations.
Today’s ride was one of each type.
Col de Portet d’Aspet is the descent where Fabio Casartelli tragically crashed and died during the 1995 Tour de France. This is the monument to his memory.