One of the lesser known Cols of the central Pyrénées (to visitors, anyway) but very popular with locals, cyclists and walkers. After climbing up the wooded valley road you climb to higher open mountain roads, often narrow and with the slippery evidence of passing animals, however it is quite possible to do the entire route without passing another vehicle.
The villages on the south side are pretty and the route spits you out - or begins - on the road up to the Peyresourde from Luchon.
Equally good in either direction.
Riding from Mont de Marsan to the base of the Pyrenees with a constant view of the mountains. Nice corners and scenery.
Direction les gorges de l'Aveyron dans le Tarn
Toulouse tuchan route cathare
was very good,there is two passes on the way. tunnel 3000mtrs long but toll free
tour de la montagne noir
Real fun road to ride, some spectacular scenery but a fair bit of forest cover in places. The video is the first part traveling west to east. I have video of the rest of it but it's too shaky for my liking. Well worth planning into your trip.
Un régal de routes de montagne.
Un régal de routes de montagne.
Beaux paysages, bon virage... Une route pleine d'histoires
This route takes you right up throught the pyrenees. Just remember to keep your eyes on the road! The scenery is amazing.
Easiest way from Toulouse to the Pyrenees.
Leave behind the A61 at Carbonne, and it becomes immediately hilly, with great mountains views on the back. The down the hill, for 30 km of forrest and fields turns. Enjoy!!
A superb race track of a road, just keeps going all the way to (or from) the visitor centre under the Millau Bridge across to Albi. Easy to get carried away, speeds can get very silly because its such a fast open road. Change to the D992 for the Millau bridge visitor centre near the Millau end.
The route starts on the D117 about a quarter of a mile past the roundabout with the D118 you will find the turn to the left next to a nice small restaurant. Follow the D107 along the side of a river (excellent for pic nics) through a variety of small pretty villages to Espezel. here you join the D613 for ax les thermes after Espezel the road opens up in a large valley and you head uphill to the col de Chioula (1431m) where there is a restaurant and a large pic nic site as well as great views over the top of the Pyrenees. You can then descend into ax where there is a good bar and restaurant behind the car park and underneath the Casino
Only a short bit of road but so good we had to turn round and do it again, and again. After 3 runs over it we decided things were getting silly and wed better quit while we were all (13 bikes) still in one piece. A great little bit of twisty tarmac, only a couple of straights, the rest just corner after corner. Fantastic.
A road to ride before you die!
It goes no where - just up the mountain and stops!
However, it is one of the most exciting rides I have ever made - I touched my boots twice on a 1200GS, the second time I knew it was coming and lifted it - but it touched anyway.
Incredibly fast, incredibly twisty - there is some tourist traffic but even in mod august it was light enough to get round. The mountain was above the snow line but warm - the google map does not look right - just take the 923 from Gavarnie and ride till it stops.
I cant believe that this road is not on already - maybe it is under another guise.
Its where I take customers who want a little help with riding seriously twisty mountain roads before they set off.
I have only seen one group of foreign riders on it (GB) so maybe it is a secret - well worth riding.
Great road with marvelous scenery especially at the way from Laruns up to Col Du Purtalet where the France / Spain borders are. The Spain side has lot of great open corners for fast riding.
Can't say anything about this famous road. The fog didn't let us enjoy either the road or the view :( Just adding some foggy photosâ€¦
Nice road with a great view of Pyrenees mountains. Nice corners and great road surface. Unfortunately with some traffic...
From Beaumont de Lomagne take the road to Lavit de Lomagne (D3) A nice twisty road with a good surface, then follow the A62 signs to Mansonville. At Mansonville turn left towards St. Clar (D88). This road is just as much fun but the road surface is bumpy! At Gramont turn right and follow the signs to St. Clar.
At the junction the the D40 turn left and still follow St. Clar. At the entrance to St. Clar turn left on the D7 towards Turnecoupe. Just before you go up the hill to Tournecoupe, turn right to onto the D40 to Mauvezin. At the junction with the D654 turn left to Mauvezin
Not a race track but a good ride out all the same
Places to visit:
Beaumont with its nice town square and Cafes.
Lachapelle, a quiet little village.
Gramont with its auberge and honey museum
St. Clar, a sleepy town with a super cake shop!
Mauvezin time for a beer in the shade of the hall.
If you're in the area, give this a go.
Quiet rural twisties, narrow and a bit bumpy in places, well suited to a big trailie.
The A75 is (if there is such a thing), a motorcyclists motorway. Corner after corner of high speed open dual carriageway on very good quality motorway style surface. This section also offers easy access to the Gorges du Tarn and Viaduc du Garabit. The marked end point for this route is just before the peage section, but if you continue after that, it takes you over the spectacular and massive new Viaduc du Millau. Ridden at Dusk on a Saturday in June was excellent, no traffic to speak of
A good route over the Pyranees, leave Pamplona, then use the N135 toward the hills. The road has a few places where it is easy to get lost, keep using the signs to France. The route goes through quite an easy pass, but the road is interesting and fairly quiet, even in summer, although there are a few of the obligatory mad cyclists. There are a few shops selling food, but these open infrequently, there are no petrol stations! Join the D933 toward St Jean Pied de Port, you seem to be quite suddenly in town. Stop at one of the cafes, no greasy meals, but very good coffee.
Assuming you are coming from France - you will probably com via D117/N20. When you hit Hospitalet-Pres-L'Andorre you will turn onto the N22. Somewhere about here look to take a break and do what ever you do to prepare. This is a seriously twisty road - and a fairly fast one - most of the hairpins you can safely take between 60 and 80 KPH but there a quite a few tighter slower ones - the good news is you will evenly wear every surface of your tires - the bad news is some of the corners merit 'back brake dragging' and that's going upwards! Low season (the Pics are from April 19th 2007) the roads are clear of tourists - so we only had about 5KM when people got in the way. The rest of it is indescribably brilliant! We did our base (Montrejeau) to Andorra and back in a day - 480 KM 8-9 hours ride time - every KM briliant! took the Fazer but the MT03 or the ER6 would be better. The route (all here) is D618/N117 and this final bit N22, CG2 CG3) if you're down here - treat yourself! Don't forget to look at the Pics!