|Port de Pailheres, such a climb!|
Numbers do not lie, this is a very tough climb. 1200 mts elevation for 15,4 km, that gives an average 7,3% gradient. Tough, very tough, including passages at 10%, 11%, 12%...
Port de Pailheres has been included in Tour de France route 5 times so far, in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2013. In all these years, Port de Pailheres was the last but one climb in the stage, and was always climbed by the eastern side starying at Usson les Bain. Its privileged location, arriving to Ax les Thermes, permits a final climb to Plateau de Bonascre (Ax 3 Domains) or Plateau de Beille.
|The views from the top are spectacular!|
Loop about 85 km long is really nice, but watch out, almost 2500 mts elevation!
|Mandatory picture at the summit!|