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Col d'Aspin - Best Cycling Routes of the Pyrenees

East Ascent


 Riding Time*:  1h12'
 Distance:  12.6 km | 7.8 mi  Grade %:  1-10 %
 Elevation Gain:  870 m | 2,854 ft  Starting Elevation:  710 m | 2,330 ft
 Starting Location:  Arreau  Final Elevation:  1489 m | 4,885 ft
 Period of the Year:  April to November
 Routes:  Route 12; Route 15

Route: Arreau (705m) > Col d'Aspin (1489m)

Col d'Aspin, rising next to its neighbor Tourmalet, is a shorter and easier climb that is often featured in the Tour. Along with its bigger brother, it is a classic of enduring fame. Cycling Col d'Aspin is possible from very early until late in the year because it is lower in elevation than most other climbs in the Hautes-Pyrénées. Gradual and without any long sections over 9%, Aspin is a good climb for moderately fit cyclists or to ride in combination with other climbs (view my various routes). I particularly recommend it in May, when it offers splendid vistas on all the surrounding snow-capped mountains before the road to Tourmalet even opens.

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