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CYCLING - MOUNTAIN CLIMBS: LUZ-ARDIDEN

LUZ-ARDIDEN

LUZ-ARDIDEN PROFILE

LUZ-ARDIDEN: TECHNICAL INFO

Difficulty: 5

Distance: 15.3 km | 9.5 mi

Elevation Gain: 1050 m | 3,445 ft

Starting Location: Luz-Saint-Sauveur

Period of the Year: May to November

Riding Time: 1h32'

Grade %: 7.7 %

Starting Elevation: 710m | 2,330 ft

Final Elevation: 1720m | 5,643 ft

Coordinates: 42°53'05.8"N / 0°03'44.9"W

  degrees: 42.884944 / -0.062482

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LUZ-ARDIDEN DESCRIPTION

Luz-Ardiden is well-known for hosting several mountain stage finishes of the Tour de France. The climb begins in the town of Luz-St-Sauveur and is fairly constant 7.2% through its entire length. Not overwhelmingly challenging by itself, it's a fun climb with numerous switchbacks all the way up to the ski area, which offers soaring eagle's-eye views of the town and valley of Luz-St-Sauveur. If you make the climb, you'll be rewarded with a swooping descent on smooth pavement with well-banked curves. Although this climb is too short to fill up a day of cycling on its own, I love it—and its descent—so much that I regularly include it in several of my routes.

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