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By bike!

The mountain passes of the Tour de France

Borne col de Peyresourde The main cols close to the Louron valley are:

Col de Peyresourde (1st category)
The summit of the pass at 1,569 m overlooks two different pictures: to the west, all the summits of Haute Vallé d’Aure (high valley of Aure) up to Néouville and, to the east, Vallée du Larboust (it couldn’t be more bucolic), flanked by the high summits of Luchonnais.

Col de Val Louron-Azet (1st category)
Its highest peak is at 1,580 m. Crossing this pass, you go from Vallée d’Aure (Saint Lary) to Vallée du Louron (Génos). There is a 7 % average gradient.


Port de Balès (unclassified)

Crossing the 1,755-m-high pass, it is possible to go from Vallée de la brousse (Mauléon Barousse) to Vallée d’Oueil (Bagnères de Luchon). There is a 6 % average gradient.

Col d’Aspin (1st category)

Fir trees forests of Payolle to the northeast, Pic du Midi to the northwest (recognizable by its aerial), the lonely Arbizon to the west, the valley of Nestes stretching out before you to the east and Vallée du Louron to the south stretching to the high summits of Luchonnais.


The valley and Tour de France

1991: decisive stage finish Jaca-Val Louron. Miguel Indurain won the yellow maillot which he would keep until Paris. Indurain would win the following 5 Tours of France.

1997: stage finish Pau-Loudenvielle. Victory of Laurent Brochard. In the very same year he became the world champion in San Sebastián.
2003: stage Saint Girons-Loudenvielle celebrating the 100 anniversary of the Tour.

16 July 2007: stage finish of Mondovelo, Foix-Loudenvielle.

23 July 2007: stage finish Foix-Loudenvielle. Victory of Kim Kirchen after the disqualification of Alexandre Vinokourov.

19 july 2012: stage finsih Bagnères de Luchon-Peyragudes


110-km signposted ATB trails plough through the valley.

ATB club Luchon-Louron Cyclisme provides you with a “Topoguide®” guide for free for beginners to explore the mountains.

25 signposted trails for you to have fun. From beginners’ level to harder ones: forest roads, narrow mountain paths, precipitous tracks, wide roads…

The routes have been selected with the purpose of pleasing bikers from all levels of expertise.