Cycling Cirque de Troumouse
Ride 26.8 kilometers gaining 1,454 meters at 5.2% average grade.
The Troumouse climb is in the Pyrenees mountain range of southwest Europe and forms the natural border between France and Spain. Along with the French Alps, the Pyrenees are annually host to the mountain stages of the Tour de France.
Climb summary by PJAMM dear friend and ambassador Erwan Treguiar of Brittany, France.
Cirque de Troumouse is a very scenic bike climb located in the climbing area of Argeles Gazost - Luz Saint Sauveur in the western French Pyrenees south of Lourdes. There have been no tour finishes (the climb ends at a parking lot and trailhead for the Cirque de Troumouse trail). The Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne or HPR (trail across the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean) crosses at the finish of this bike climb.
Turn onto Barrage et Lac des Gloriettes at kilometer 17.2.
Chapelle de Heas and Auberge de La Munia at kilometer 19.2.
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Auberge du Maillet at kilometer 23.8.
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As with its neighbor, Col de Tentes, this route is through sheep country, but . . .
. . . sheep don’t own the place . . .
Nine hairpins for 1.4 kilometers at 9% beginning two kilometers from the top.
View back down the mountain near the top.
Finish just below Cirque de Troumouse.
Pont Napoléon Saut à l'élastique
One of the greatest bridges we have encountered while documenting bike climbs throughout the world . . .
The Napoleon Bridge crosses the river Gavarnie.
If you ride from Argeles Gazost (as we did) or Luz Saint Sauveur, you will ride past this epic bridge.
From Luz Saint Sauveur, we follow the gorge and River Gavarnie for 10 kilometers, then split from it in Gèdre. Thereafter we cross streams Heas, Aguila, and Maillet on our way to the top.
Three other exceptional bicycle climbs that begin near that start in Luz Saint Sauveur are:
Col du Tourmalet.
Col de Tentes.