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Col d'Azet Loop

tripyreneesby tripyreneesSep 15th 2009
Col d'Azet Loop
Yet another new route added to our portfolio. This is a climb I have been looking forward to for a long time now. Not sure why, maybe just because it was there and unknown. The ride starts up the valley to Luchon, a gentle slope climbing 200 m over the 30 km to the base of the Col de Peyresoude. The Peyresourde is a category 1 climb and at 15 km long is no easy feat in itself. But enjoyable and I felt quite strong riding it. It was quite cold at the top, with temperatures plummeting over the past few days - it meant I had to wear arm warmers and my jacket to descend. The turn off to Loudenvielle comes up quickly and is on the descent from the Peyresourde so very easy to miss. It is then a little naviagation to get to the village of Genos which is the start of the Col d'Azet. Now the books said that it started with a small section of 10% and then flattened. It was 8 km long and I would say the first 6 km are at an average 10% then it flattens to 8%. A very tough little climb but the views are fantastic and the top is very rustic, setttled in the middle of the ski stations scattered around. The view of the Pla d'Adet was also very tempting but maybe for another ride.
The descent was good, a bit tight in places through the villages but we were soon at the ski town of St Lary and then headed down to Arreau at a very good click. A quick cup of tea at Areau before the cross country rolling ride home. A good 124 km with two pretty tough Cat 1 climbs.
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