Col de Portillon


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.

Col de Portillon

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 !

Col de Portillon
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Unfortunately the rain prevented me from visiting the Spanish side. A nice enough Col useful for linking Spain and France,

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  1. I did the Portillon on a cold wet tour day having done the Peyresourd in the morning. I thought it was a great old world climb. I also thought it was one of the hardest on my Pyrenees traverse.

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