Cycling the Ax 3 Domaines climb
If you plan to be cycling to the summit of Ax 3 Domaines then be ready for some nasty gradients which seem to go on forever. This is a short but steep climb to ride whilst based in the Ariège region of the Pyrenees. The climb to the top of the ski resort was first used as a summit finish in the Tour de France in 2001 and has been used several times by the race since. Chris Froome took a notable victory on this climb in the 2013 edition of the race. Reflected in the average gradient of over 8% this relatively short route climb certainly packs a lot of punch. The route mapped out below begins and ends in Ax Les Thermes.
Suggested cycling route
Distance: 8.5km / 5.3mi
Start elevation: 725m / 2,378ft
Max elevation: 1,380m / 4,528ft
Metres climbed: 681m / 2,234ft
Metres descended: 681m / 2,234ft
Categorised climbs: 1
Climb statistics and gradient profile
Ax 3 Domaines
Length: 7.8km / 4.85mi
Average gradient: 8.2%
Start point: Ax les Thermes
Elevation at top: 1,380m / 4,528ft
Food and water
Fuel up at your start point of Ax Les Thermes for this short route.
Discover our comprehensive guide to Cycling in the Pyrenees
The climb of Ax 3 Domaines is just one of many great cycling routes in the Ariège which you can enjoy. This area of the Pyrenees is very popular with cyclists who are keen to ride some of the famous climbs of the Tour de France for themselves.
If you are not familiar with this region then, our comprehensive guide will help you plan everything you need for your cycling holiday. The guide includes information such as:
- a map of the French Pyrenees with climbs and towns marked
- where to base yourself whist on your cycling holiday
- cycling hotels and lodges
- bike hire outlets
- getting to and from the Pyrenees
- non-cycling attractions and activities in the region
Click here to see a list of cycling routes available in the Pyrenees. We have mapped out 38 rides across five regions within the Pyrenees mountain range for you to explore.