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The Pyrenees

The French have the advantage of being able to choose between two major mountain regions to go cycling in without leaving the country. (Maybe that's why they also deserve more than twice as much vacation compared to us). The mountain region, that is usually put in second place is of course "The Pyrenees". They are further south, and with that they tend to be greener and more pastoral. They are also a more linear range, rather than the complex maze that makes up the alps. Many of the roads and villages are more islolated than further north, and the climbs are shorter but on the French side, often infamously steep. The Spanish side often is more remote, gentler and more heavily forested than the French side.

The list of summits below, are the ones I have been able to try. The "more" tabs on the map contain many, many more. The pictures are a mixture of what I took myself and others that I found on the web and recognized where they were taken (all are accompanied by copyright credits).



Alphabetic Table


  France
A
Aspin (Col d') -1489m: popular Tour de France Pass with a perfect view on the Pic du Midi de Bigorre

Aubisque (Col d') -1709m: one of the most popular and scenic Pyrenees rides, because of a traverse along the face of a cliff
B
Bagargui (Col de) -1327m: climbs from dense rain forest to a small ski area - very popular with racers, and short very steep parts

Beyrede (Col de) -1430m: a small rough road pass, wich is a alternate to nearby busy passes made famous through the Tour de France.
L
Lancon (Col de) -1120m: an often overlooked narrow road in a maze of famous passes

Hourquette d'Anzican s(u) -1564m: a popular ride through a series of high grazing meadows with sweeping views
P
Peyresroude (Col de) -1569m: a Tour de France favorite, because it just happens to be between Col du Tourmalet and eastern Pyrennes.

Portillon (Col du) -1320m: low border pass between France and Spain. The main ridge of the Pyrenees is located on the Spanish side here.
S
Spandelles (Col de) -1378m: extremely narrow road climb with heavy bicycle traffic near Col de Soulor
T
Tourmalet (Col de) -2015m: no other pass is more strongly associated with the Tour de France - the first pass above 2000m in the race
  Spain
A
Aisa (Alto de) s(u) -1227m: an isolated road between two removed medieval villages
B
Bonaiqua (Port de) -2072m: the pass crosses the main ridge of the Pyrenees, which is located completely in Spain here.

Buerba s(u) -1175m: 36km of so much scenery, that I spent more time taking pictures than cycling
C
Canto (Port de) -1725m: within 300 meters of the magic 2000 meter mark. But this pass goes over a large, gentle green foothill ridge.

Cotefablo (Pto de) -1423m: fairly busy pass on the Spanish Transpyrenean Axis route

Creu de Perves s(u) -1334m: a fairly long. rolling plateau above tree line over several named divides and two hilltowns along the way.
E
Estany de Montcortes s(u) -1070m: a small summit with a fascinating hilltown.
F
Fadas (Coll de) -1470m: also goes over shoulder point Collado de Espina; a busy rugged limestone canyon on the west side.

Fanlo (Alto de)  s(u) -1399m: The hilltown Fanlo watches from high above over the entrance to Parque Nacional Odesa y Monte Perdido

Foradada (Coll de) -1020m: the closest thing to a highway pass I have cycled sofar in Spain
H
Hecho (Alto de) -1100m: link in a foothill traverse along the Pyrenees
L
Larrau (Puerto de) -1573m: an infamously steep climb on the French side leads to a sweeping tundra traverse along the Spanish border.

Los Molinos s(u) -940m: a small sideroad summit in Paruqe Nacional Odesa y Monte Perdido area, with a sidetrip to a very "out of the way" Hermitage church.
P
Pierre St-Martin (Col de la) -1802m: high karst topography with glaciated horn in the distance and megalythic ski area along the French Spanish border

Pic de l'Orri s(u) -2439m: a high ski mountain with a far panoramic view of the Pyrenean main ridge. With a mountain bike you can ride a loop over the peak

Portillon (Col du) -1320m: border between Spanish and French Pyrenees; but it never reaches treeline, and weather it crosses the main ridge of the Pyrenees is arguable.
S
Santa Barbara (Puerto de) -875m: gentle foothills pass, that gives a panoramic view of the Pyreneen main ridge; with a limestone canyon along the southern approach.
Z
Zuriza (Alto de) -1290: idyllic summit pastures give way to an isolated road through a narrow limestone canyon

Elevation Table

Name
elevation (m) surface
country-region nearby towns
  2000-2249      
Pic de l'Orri s(u)
2439m
unpaved
Spain
Sort
Bonaiqua (Port de)
2072m
paved
Spain
Vielha
Tourmalet (Col du)
2015m
paved
France
Bagneres de Bigorre, Argeles-Gazost
  1750-1999      
Col de la Pierre St-Martin 1802m
paved
Spain/France
Isaba, Tardets-Sorhous
  1500-1749m      
Canto (Port de)
1725m
paved
Spain
Sort
Aubisque (Col d')
1709m
paved
France
Argeles-Gazost
Puerto de Larrau 1573m
paved
France/Spain
Larrau, Isaba
Peyresroude (Col de)
1569m
paved
France
Bagneres de Luchon
Hourquette d'Anzican s(u) 1564m
paved
France
Arrea, Bagneres de Bigorre
  1250-1499m      
Aspin (Col d')
1489m
paved
France
Arreau
Fadas (Coll. de)
1470m
paved
Spain
Castejon de Sos
Beyrede (Col de)
1430m
paved
France
Beyrede
Cotefablo (Pto de)
1423m
paved
Spain
Broto
Spandelles (Col de)
1378m
paved
France
Argelles-Gazost, Asson
Fanlo (Alto de) s(u)
1399m
paved
Spain
Fanlo
Creu de Perves s(u)
1334m
paved
Spain
el Pont de Suert
Bagargui (Col de)
1327m
paved
France
Larrau
Portillon (Col du)
1320m
paved
France/Spain
Vielha
Zuriza (Alto de)
1290m
paved
Spain
Isaba
  1000-1249m      
Aisa (Alto de) s(u)
1227m
paved
Spain
Aisa
Buerba s(u)
1175m
paved
Spain
Escalona
Lancon (Col de)
1120m
paved
France
Arreau, Anzicocan
Hecho (Alto de)
1100m
paved
Spain
Hecho
Estany de Montcortes s(u)
1070m
paved
Spain
Bresca
Foradada (Coll. de)
1020m
paved
Spain
Ainsa, Campo
  500-999m      
Los Molinos s(u)
940m
paved
Spain
Ainsa
Santa Barbara (Pto de)
875m
paved
Spain
Salinas de Jaca
  110-499m