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Col d'Aubisque - Best Cycling Routes of the Pyrenees

East Ascent via Col du Soulor

 Difficulty:

 Riding Time*:  2h20'
 Distance:  29.1 km | 18.1 mi  Grade %:  0-9 %
 Elevation Gain:  1400 m | 4,593 ft  Starting Elevation:  465 m | 1,526 ft
 Starting Location:  Argelès-Gazost  Final Elevation:  1709 m | 5,607 ft
 Period of the Year:  June to October
 Routes:  Route 7; Route 7a; Route 7b

Route: Argelès (465m) > Arrens-Marsous (870m) > Col du Soulor (1474m) > Col d'Aubisque (1709m)

DESCRIPTION
Aubisque isn't just a legend of the Tour de France, it's a climb every cyclist should do at least once in a lifetime—preferably on a sunny day. Surrounded by verdant valleys and crowned with views of the entire Pyrénées with Pic de Ger and the Grand Gabizos in the foreground, it is breathtakingly lovely. The eastern approach from Argelès is steep until you reach pristine Val d'Azun, where it moderates briefly, allowing you to enjoy the views of the majestic mountains that loom ahead. The road steepens back to around 8% for the last kilometers to the top of Col du Soulor then continues, aerial and narrow, down a brief descent followed by a gentle climb that leads you to the top of Aubisque. The western climb from Larruns, featured in my Routes 7, 7a and 7b is even more scenic.

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