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This ride sets off from Laruns leading you right up to Lac de Bious Artiques. The lake is framed by the Pic du Midi d’Ossau and is simply stunning. The climbing begins relatively quickly as you leave Laruns and work your way up the valley. As you work your way up the valley you will trace the Gave d’Ossea river all the way to the small commune of Gabas. Here the river joins up with the Gave de Bious and the gradients begin to rise. Enoy the spectacular scenery all around as you are well and truly in the heart of the mountains.
Distance: 37.9km / 23.6mi
Start elevation: 526m / 1,727ft
Max elevation: 1,428m / 4,683t
Metres climbed: 1,148m / 3.767ft
Metres descended: 1,148m / 3,767ft
The view looking towards the Pic du Midi d’Ossau with the village of Gabas in the foreground. The climb towards the lake continues on up the valley.
Stock up with food and water prior to setting off from Laruns as there are no resupply points on this route. Whilst there is a restaurant in Gabas it is not often open outside of the winter ski season.
Image courtesy of Jean Michel Etchecolonea / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)
After reaching the village of Gabas, you will encounter some steeper gradients. Let hte magic views take your mind of it!
Length: 17.2km / 10.7mi
Average gradient: 5.6%
Start point: Laruns
Elevation at top: 1,428m / 4,683ft
Image courtesy of: Jaufrai / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)
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