Tourmalet from Argelès-Gazost   
Distance:53,7 km
Elevation gain:1.764m
Elevation loss:1.356m
Maximum altitude:2.108 m
Minimum altitude:432m
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kmPoint of interest
0.4Argelès-Gazost. The departure is close to Casino Park, an extremely flowery park where you can find many entertainment activities, for example a weekly second-hand market.
5.9Pierrefitte-Nestalas. If you could turn right now you would climb to Cauterets. It's a beautiful tourist village where you can begin interesting ascents: Pont d'Espagne, La Fruitière (2,5km - 11%), Cambasque… And in terms of tourist value, Cauterets, La Raillère and Pont d'espagne deserve at leas one day.
7.0Turning to the left at the next roundabout, and before the beggining of Hautacam ascent, you can take a narrow road on your right to see a wonderful falconry spectacle called Donjon des Aigles. I could attend to it some years ago and my children -one and five years old then- loved it.
14.1Less than 5km to arrive the beginning of Tourmalet.
16.7The campings on your left are perfect to spend some days with or without children. There is a short walk to Luz centre.
17.9Luz-Saint-Sauveur. Every enthusiastic cyclist must go to the Pyrenees at least once a life. Choose a good base village is essential for this mountainous terrain. Luz, Saint-Lary, Laruns… are good candidates, but if I had to choose only one, it would be clearly Luz: at the base of Tourmalet and Luz Ardiden, near Troumouse, Gavarnie, Hautacam, Soulor, Cauterets... and with enough entertainment for children.
19.0A couple of cyclists just in front of you.
21.4Tourmalet is always full of cyclists.
23.0Now the third hairpin turn of six you'll find wowards Barèges.
24.1Have you already seen the roadmap? On it there is a video with 2010 Tour ascent. Impressive the Saxo Bank work just at this segment.
24.7Working for Andy Schleck before his attacks against Alberto Contador.
25.2Barèges.
27.0In 2010 at this straight road Andy had already attacked making Contador suffering.
27.9If you turn right you will ride over the traditional ascent to Tourmalet. It's called Via Fignon in honour of this great French cyclist.
28.8The road surface is really much better than it seems here.
29.1The hairpin turns allows you to enjoy with the majesty of Tourmalet. If you can please look right.
29.1You'll see Via Fignon.
30.8With this gradient the kilometres never finish. Come on!
32.2Recover energies with this 6% segment before a really hard 10% section.
32.7Just at this point Via Fignon and the main road join again.
34.4A short rest before reaching the hardest slopes of the ascent. Let's go!
35.0Experienced cyclists already know what they're going to find after the following hairpin turn.
36.0At 11% you need to suffer beyond words.
36.4The last horseshoe curve is terrible. STAND UP AND DANCE OVER THE PEDALS! The Giant of Tourmalet is only 400m far.
36.8Tourmalet. 2115m 19km 1405m+ 7,5%
37.2If you're OK change bike for boots and venture by tha path towards Pic du Midi. A hundred percent recommendable, even with children.
37.7From La Mongie it's possible to get in a funicular up to the Pic Du Midi de Bigorre Observatory. Anyway, it's also possible to hike from the summit of Tourmalet following a wide easy unpaved track. Only the last metres to the observatory must be walked with caution.
40.3You won't probably believe it, but you may see a llama in the surrounding area.
40.9La Mongie. When cyclists climb Tourmalet from Sainte-Marie de Campan and not from Luz, the arrival to Mongie is a relief for all of them. They know the summit in only 4km far from the ski station.
53.7Congratulations! Saint Marie de Campan, the village where Eugène Christophe fixed his bike during 1913 Tour de France.
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