Cycling Routes in the Pyrenees:- 38 rides to explore across 5 regions

This page lists a range of cycling routes in the Pyrenees for you to explore. Each route page includes all the information you need to plan your ride including the ability to download a GPX file to your device for navigation. These routes cover the length of the Pyrenees and include most of the iconic climbs from the Tour de France such as Col du Peyresourde, Col d’Aspin and Col du Tourmalet. We have also included some climbs you may have never heard of as well as some gentler routes for the days you need a bit of a break from the higher mountain passes.

Our cycling routes in the Pyrenees have been grouped into 5 different regions based around the best towns and villages for you to stay in. Each of the routes typically starts from a town or village that we recommend as a place to stay but can easily be modified to suit your requirements. The cycling routes also give you a guide as to where the big climbs are in relation to everything. You can also view all our cycling routes in the Pyrenees in a map format.

Clouds in the valley on the way to the top of Col du Tourmalet

Cycling routes in the Lourdes region

The area around Lourdes in the Pyrenees is a great place to base yourself to ride several Tour de France climbs. From this area you have access to no less than 10 famous mountain passes, and several other hidden gems. The Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aubisque, Luz Ardiden and Hautacam are all easily accessible. The majority of the routes mapped out below all start and finish from the village of Argeles Gazost, but could as easily be started from any one of the villages along the valley. Click on each individual ride below to explore the route in more detail.

Female cyclist summiting the Col du Tourmalet
Col du Tourmalet

Definitely one of the iconic climbs from the Tour de France where it has been used 87 times since 1910. A must do for any trip to the Pyrenees mountains and a Tour de France legend.

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cycling tour group at summit of Col d'Aubisque in the French Pyrenees
Col d’Aubisque

This route includes climbs of the Col des Borderes and Col du Soulor before reaching Col d’Aubisque. Enjoy the spectacular scenery all around you.

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Luz Ardiden cycling view of the switchbacks in the French Pyrenees
Luz Ardiden

One of those climbs where you look back down on the road weaving its way back and forth across the mountain side.

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Two riders Cycling to Cauterets in the French Pyrenees
Cauterets

From the ski resort of Cauterets there are two climbs to tackle, Pont d’Espagne and Cambasque. Cauterets is a beautiful location for a cafe stop on the way back.

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Col de Tentes cycling climb road
Col de Tentes

One of the lessor known climbs in the Pyrenees but definitely worth riding. The road here tops out at 2,208m (7,244ft) which is higher than Col du Tourmalet.

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hairpin road cycling on he Cirque de Troumous climb in the Pyrenees
Cirque de Troumouse

Another hidden gem in the Pyrenees this climb takes you deep into the mountains. There are two separate sections of switchbacks to navigate as you climb higher and higher.

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Pyrenees cows grazing by the mountain
Hautacam

A sharp test for the climbing legs with undulating gradients the whole way up.

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The road of the Col du Soulor, snaking around the edge of the Pyrenees mountains
Col du Soulor via Col des Spandelles

A short ride with two cols and plenty of climbing, all on quiet roads.

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cyclist standing at the summit of col du couraduque. Large Pyrenees mountains in the background
Col de Couraduque via Col des Borderes

Two lesser known climbs make for a great day riding in the mountains.

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Col de la Croix Blanche monument in the French Pyrenees
Col de la Croix Blanche

A gentle riding loop for an easier day on the bike.

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Lourdes, France
Around Lourdes

Explore the area around Lourdes and take in the history and sites of he surrounding villages.

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Landscape on Col d'Aubisque
Col de Marie Blanc

If you are up for a long day in the saddle then this ride route may be right up your alley.

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A road bike on the cycling bridge across the Gave de Pau on the cycling greenway near Lourdes
Voie Verte des Gaves

The rail trail provides a flat riding option – great for rest day rides or family friendly riding.

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Cycling routes in the Saint Lary Soulon region

The routes in these rides all start and finish from the village of Saint Lary Soulan. This area of the Pyrenees includes some of the iconic climbs of the Tour de France such as the Col de Peyresourde and Col d’Aspin. The highest paved mountain pass of the Col de Portet will pose a great challenge and the scenery on the Route des Lacs will take your breathe away.

col d'Aspin summit view. Cow eating grass in the field with Pyrenees mountains in the background
Col d’Aspin & Hourquette d’Ancizan

These two climbs are some of the best in the Pyrenees. Famous from the Tour de France and with the lower level in altitude one which is accessible almost year round.

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Bianchi Bike resting at Lac de Cap de Long. A lesser known climb of the French Pyrenees
Route des Lacs

A stunning ride which takes in no less than four lakes and well over the height of the Tourmalet. This is a true hidden gem and one of our personal favourites

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Bianchi bike at the Col d'Azet summit view to Peyresourde in the French Pyrenees
Col de Peyresourde & Col d’Azet

This route will see you tackles 3 climbs – the Col d’Azet and both sides of the infamous Peyresourde. A big day out on the bike but well worth it.

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Views of Pla d'adet a famous cycling climb of the French Pyrenees
Col de Portet & Pla d’Adet

A relative newcomer to the Tour de France this Col has all the ingredients to becoming one of the greats.

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Cycling routes in the Luchon region

The routes in these rides all start and finish from the village of Bagnères de Luchon. Whether it is the Col de Peyresourde or the challenging climbs of the Col de Mente and Col de Portet d’Aspet, there is plenty of variety for you to choose from.

Views of Pla d'adet a famous cycling climb of the French Pyrenees

Stage 17 – 2018 Tour de France

Stage 17 of the 2018 Pyrenees was a short but sharp epic with so many vertical metres of elevation in a short distance.

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Bianchi bike at the Col d'Azet summit view to Peyresourde in the French Pyrenees

Col de Peyresourde

One of the infamous climbs of the Pyrenees and a Tour de France great this climb has featured in the race over 65 times.

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Superbagnères- Ultimes km

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Superbagnéres

A feature in the Tour de France 6 times, this Hors Categorie climb to the top of the Superbagnéres ski resort will be a real leg tester

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Port de Balès

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Port de Balés

A relative newcomer to the Tour de France, the climb to the summit of Port de Balés has been a regular since its first introduction in 2007.

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Col de menté départ saint-beat

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Col de Menté & Col de Portet d’Aspet

This route tackles the Col de Menté as well as both sides of the Col de Portet d’Aspet.

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Cycling routes in the Bearn Pyrenees region

All the rides listed below all start and finish from the town of Laruns. Infamous climbs such as the Col d’Aubisque need no introduction, but make sure to take the time to discover some other hidden gems in this region such as the Col du Portalet and the Col de la Pierre St Martin which sees you ride all the way to the Spanish border.

Bike in front of the big bike monuments at the Col d'Aubisque

Col d’Aubisque

This route includes climbs of the Col des Borderes and Col du Soulor before reaching Col d’Aubisque. Enjoy the spectacular scenery all around

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Au pied du col de Marie-Blanque, vue sur Bilhères - panoramio

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Col de Marie Blanque (via Escot)

This approach of the Col de Marie Blanque is relentlessly steep. Make sure to pack your climbing legs for this ride!

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Col du Portalet


Departing from Laruns this cycle route takes you up the valley to the spanish border. A very scenic ride along the valley road with the river alongside you.

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Au col de Marie-Blanque, vue ouest. - panoramio

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Col de Marie Blanque (via Bielle)

This approach of the Marie Blanque whilst longer in length is much nicer in terms of gradient.

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Le pic du midi d'OSSAU et le lac de BIOUS-ARTIGUE - panoramio

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Lac de Bious Artiques

A ride which follows two rivers, this riding route to Lac de Bious Artiques has some absolutely spectacular scenery for you to admire – including the lofty peak of the Pic du Midi d’Ossau.

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Col de la Pierre Saint Martin France

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Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin

A climb which takes you past the ski resort of Pierre Saint-Martin and to the Spanish border.

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Port de Castet

The climb of the Port de Castet may not be long but what it lacks in length it makes up with in terms of steep gradients.

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Vallée de l'Ichère, en amont de Lourdios-Ichère - panoramio

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Col de Soudet

Be ready to tackle some very steep inclines which lead to the summit of the Col de Soudet.

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The road of the Col du Soulor, snaking around the edge of the Pyrenees mountains

Col du Soulor & Col d’Aubisque (via Ferrières)


Enjoy a ride which takes in two infamous cols of the Tour de France – the Col du Soulor and the Col d’Aubisque.

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Cycling routes in the Ariège region

The charm of cycling in the Ariège region of the Pyrenees will see you riding on very quiet roads free of traffic. The routes below are mapped out from either Ax Les Thermes, Foix or Terascon-sur-Ariege. Here you can discover some Tour de France greats such as Plateau de Béille and the Col de Pailhéres. For a real challenge take on the steep gradients of the Col de Peguere!

Bonascre en été

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Ax 3 Domaines

Short but steep – the climb to Ax 3 Domaines has gradients well above 10%

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Port de Pailhères- lacets serrés Est

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Col de Pailhéres

With a summit just over 2000m/6561 ft the climb to the top of Col de Pailhéres is a giant of the Pyrenees. Whilst not as famous as the Tourmalet this climb is simply stunning.

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Plateau de Béille

With a reputation for predicting the eventual winner of the Tour de France, the climb to Plateau de Béille is also often compared to the infamous Alpe d’Huez.

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Col de la Crouzette

Whilst only short, what this climb lacks in length it makes up with in steep gradients.

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Col d’Agnes & Col des Port

A challenging circuitfrom Terascon-sur-Ariege taking in two climbs.

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Port de Lers

Be on the lookout for Paragliders soaring above, as you tackle the climb of the Port de Lers.

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Col de Portel & Col de Peguere

This cycling route from Foix first tackle the long climb of the Col de Portel before testing your legs on the steep Mur de Pegure

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