Col de Marie Blanque

Au pied du col de Marie-Blanque - panoramio (1)

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The Col de Marie-Blanque has featured in the Tour de France 14 times, most recently in the 2010 Tour which had a summit finish on the Tourmalet. Whilst it is a fair distance from Argeles Gazost it is a climb well worth making a trip out to do – either driving part of the way by car, or for the more adventurous planning a much more challenging and longer riding loop. The route mapped out on this page encompasses the latter option with just under 147kms (91mi) and 3900m (12,802ft) of climbing. It makes for a hard day on the bike taking in no less than 4 summits. Completing this route will no doubt leave you feeling like a champion.

Col de Marie-Blanque

From the starting point at Bielle cycling the Col de Marie Blanque from this approach provides for a longer ascent but with much kinder average gradients. That said, you will encounter the steepest gradients of 8% early on within the first few kilometres of the climb . After the first 3 kilometres though the worst is behind you and the climb continues gently to the summit. As the road winds in and out of the trees you will start to see the big surrounding mountains come into view. The Plateau de Bénou just a few kilometres shy of the summit itself is a magnificent sight to behold and from here you know the top is not too far away.

Quick Stats

Distance: 147km / 91.5mi

Start elevation: 470m / 1,541ft

Max elevation: 1,709m / 5,607ft

Metres climbed: 3,902m / 12,802ft

Metres descended: 3,902m / 12,802ft

Categorised climbs: 4

col d'Aubisque Tour de France

This route takes you back over the Col d’Aubisque and those famous Tour de France big bikes!

Food and water

Food and water is available in numerous villages along this route as well as at the top of the Col du Soulor and the Col d’Aubisque. Given the length of this ride we recommend you always make sure you have plenty of water and food on board.

Highlights

* A big day out on the bike with no less than 4 big cols to climb. You will feel like a Tour de France legend.

cyclists riding the Col d'Aubisque TDF climb

You will have no shortage of climbing or descending on magic mountain roads on this route.

Col du Soulor

Length: 7.5km / 4.66mi

Average gradient: 7.95%

Start point: Arrens Marsous

Elevation at top: 1,474m / 4,836ft

Col d’Aubisque

Length: 10.6km / 6.59mi

Average gradient: 4.6%

Start point: Col du Soulor

Elevation at top: 1,709m / 5,607ft

Col de Marie Blanque

Length: 11.2km / 6.96mi

Average gradient: 5.2%

Start point: Bielle

Elevation at top: 1,035m / 3,396

Col du Soulor

Length: 12.1km / 7.52mi

Average gradient: 7.56%

Start point: Ferrières

Elevation at top: 1,474m / 4,836ft

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

The final climb on this route is the Col du Soulor – one of the most magnificent roads in the Pyrenees.

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Looking down a layer of cloud in the valley from the summit of Col du Tourmalet

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