The Route du Col du Portet (from Espiaube to the summit) is closed to motorized land vehicle until the 15th of July.
The Col du Portet is a mountain pass located above the village of Saint-Lary Soulan in the Hautes-Pyrénées and during the winter it is at the heart of the resort's ski area.
With an altitude of 2215m above sea level, it is higher than the Tourmalet pass and therefore the highest pass in the French Pyrenees during the Tour de France, it is thus a brand new challenge for cyclists, amateur or pro.
The climb starts at 810 m altitude at the exit of the village Saint-Lary Soulan in Vignec and finishes at the top of the pass after tackling a section of switchbacks as well as passing through a short tunnel at 2215m. Making this a longer, steeper and higher climb than the Alpe d'Huez ascent!
You will climb this pass for 16 km at an average gradient of 8.7% with some parts reaching up to 11%! "The Portet is a giant, a tourmalet and then some", enthused the director of the Tour when he was presenting the stage. A real challenge for any cyclist!
A road bike is needed for this ascent which entails a challenging ascent to 1500 m above sea level. During the climb, you can enjoy the view of Saint-Lary village below.
Arriving at the top of the pass, the end of the road, you can relax, take a deep breath and admire the landscape, an exceptional panorama of the Pyrenees National Park.