A battle ground for the Tour de France and a climb so pretty it hurts. Luz Ardiden is a must-do climb in the French Pyrenees.
Classified as Hors Category (without category), this climb starts from Luz-Saint-Sauveur. To reach the summit, it's 1005 vertical metres in 13 kilometres with an average of 7% gradient.
From the start, the views are glorious.
The climb as a whole feels manageable and only at times does it go over 10%.
The final switchback – is like reaching for the skies.
A noteworthy mention about this climb is that it is quiet. No cars!
The road only leads to ski-lifts. And with that said, the only disappointment in the finish is that it lacks a coffee shop. No freshly extracted espresso shots here!
A cycling journey like no other. This doesn't technically fit with the definition of "col" (mountain pass) but it does with the word "EPIC".
Pic du Midi
(Col du Tourmalet)
You've scaled the mighty Col du Tourmalet, and rightly you should be proud. But beyond this iconic climb lies Pic du Midi. A gravel climb that will take your breath away.