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LA BOUCLE DU TOURMALET PAR LA MONGIE

LOURDES
Information:
65100 LOURDES
Tel: 05 62 42 77 40 05 62 92 30 30 05 62 92 16 00 05 62 97 00 25
A dream, a myth, a feat... this is what ascending the Tourmalet truly is. Some stages of the Tour de France have been the backdrop to various drama, including some major ones. One of the most famous of these occured on the slopes of Tourmalet in 1913 during the Luchon-Bayonne stage. Who doesn't know of Eugène Christophe's misadvanture when he lost first place to the Belgian Philipe Thys being hit by one the Tour's cars ? By choosing this route, you enter into the legend of Eugène Christophe and the blacksmith in Saint-Marie de Campan ! This remains a route which only the toughest among us can use to discover Lourdes, the Haut Adour and the Vallées des Gaves.
Type of itinerary: Cyclotouriste
Duration: 6h00
Distance: 100 km
Level: Très difficile
Departure: LOURDES
Arrival: LOURDES
Minimum altitude: 387 m.
Maximum altitude: 2115 m.
Markers: Jalonnement kilométrique sur les deux versants du col.
Recommendations: Recommended season : from june to october (due to snowfall)
Signposted : from Sainte-Marie de Campan et Luz to the Top
Required gear ratios : 39x25 to 34x25