Our Pyrenées Menu

by Chikashi

Here are the 18+1 lumps that we’ll be climbing over the 720 km route. Not all of them have a particularly high elevation, but when mixed in amongst the bigger ones, they can hurt a lot more than the numbers suggest.

Col Saint Ignace, elevation 169 m

Col Pinodeita, elevation 176 m

Col d’Osquich, elevation 500 m

Col de Marie-Blanque, elevation 1035 m

Col d’Aubisque, elevation 1709 m

Col du Soulor, elevation 1474 m

Col du Tourmalet, elevation 2115 m

Col d’Aspin, elevation 1489 m

Col de Peyresourde, elevation 1569 m

Col des Ares, elevation 797 m

Col de Portet d’Aspet, elevation 1069 m

Col de Caougnous, elevation 947 m

Col de Port, elevation 1249 m

Col de Puymorens, elevation 1920 m

Coll de Llus, elevation 1345 m

Coll Rigat, elevation 1488 m

Col de la Perche, elevation 1570 m

Col Saint Pierre, elevation 185 m

Col de Ternére, elevation 200 m

The route profile looks like this, except we plan to climb the ‘optional’ Col de Marie-Blanque, between Col d’Osquich and Col d’Aubisque, just to… not sure why:

Peyresourde, Aspin, Tourmalet, Soulor and Aubisque are collectively known by the infamous moniker ‘Circle of Death’ after Octave Lapize famously yelled at the race organisers waiting at Aubisque’s summit, ‘Vous êtes des assassins! Oui, des assassins!’ (‘You are murderers! Yes, murderers!’) during the 1910 edition of the Tour de France. For more about this fascinating piece of cycling history, Vélo Peloton Pyrenées has a good piece here with many photos from the 1910 Tour.

I’ll be using an old Lapize’s namesake toe strap to carry a spare tyre under my saddle, in the hopes of having him along in spirit.

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