Col de Peyresourde

The Col de Peyresourde is one of the true greats of the Pyrenees being used in the Tour de France since 1910.

Col de Peyresourde, Loudervielle, Frankreich - panoramio - Fuchs Robert (1)

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For this route you will climb both approaches. Each side of the Peyresourde climb has a relatively mild gradient of 6% with some steeper pinches thrown in for good measure. If you are riding this in Summer be on guard as the roadside temperatures can be quite fierce – especially in the exposed sections.

Of course what goes up of course must come down and so by climbing the Peyresourde twice, you will also have two descents to enjoy. The Peyresourde descent was of course made famous by no other than Chris Froome as he attacked on the descent before winning the stage at the finish in Bagnéres de Luchon.

Quick Stats

Distance: 50km / 31mi

Start elevation: 633m / 2,076ft

Max elevation: 1,569m / 5,148ft

Climbing: 1,777m / 5,831ft

Descending: 1,777m / 5,831ft

Categorised climbs: 2

Food and water

Various refuel points are available on this ride for both food and water. This includes a creperie at the top of the summit!

Col de Peyresourde

Length: 13.8km / 8.6mi

Average gradient: 6.9%

Start point: Bagnéres du Luchon

Elevation at top: 1,569m / 5,148ft

Col de Peyresourde

Length: 9.7km / 6mi

Average gradient: 6.8%

Start point: Avajan

Elevation at top: 1,569m / 5,148ft

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