Col d'Azet (St. Lary-Soulon) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

6.7 mi
2,381 ft
6.8 %


Page Contributor(s): Carl Hansen, Guernsey, UK


Both sides of this col are a good challenge. On a clear day, there are lovely views of many surrounding climbs from the top of the col. The west side from St Lary Soulon meanders through some small villages on the way to the top. The Tour de France typically climbs the east (Genos) side of the col before going on to a stage finish in the area (such as Pla d’adet or Col de Portet). The Genos side is more difficult with many switchbacks.
If you are based in St Lary Soulon for a few days, there are many good climbs to attempt in the area. You can choose whether you want great scenery, a tough challenge, climbs steeped in Tour de France history, or a combination of these.

This climb will be in Stage 17 of this year's 2022 Tour de France

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Roadway: The roadway is in good shape on both sides of the col. The west side (from St Lary Soulon) has some narrower portions through the villages.

Traffic: There is little traffic on either side of the col.

Parking: You can park in Genos or St Lary Soulon.

Summer in the Pyrenees is normally warm and sunny, even at higher elevations. However, there are some periods of low clouds that can make the climbs quite damp. Bring warm clothes just in case. There are bike shops in St Lary Soulon.
Before heading out on any cycling adventure check out our Things to Bring on a Cycling Trip and use our interactive check list to ensure you don't forget anything.
There are places to stay in St Lary Soulon and some of the other villages in the area. St Lary Soulon also has restaurants and shops for food.  



Difficulty: Challenging



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Jun 20, 2021
difficulty: Challenging
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 3
Jun 20, 2021
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 3
One of the many challenging climbs out of St.-Lary-Soulon. The climb meanders through several small villages and farm areas. The views get better the higher you climb. From the col, you can see Pla d'Adet and the Col du Portet one direction and the Col de Peyresourde and Peyragudes in the other.

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Cycling Col de Val Louron-Azet - panoramic view looking down hillside, one-lane country road, bright white clouds

Cycling Col de Val Louron-Azet

Ride 10.7 kilometers gaining 724 meters at 6.8% average grade.

photo collage - view looking down the one-lane country road, bike parked against road sign, large white heart painted in road, view looking down on village surrounded by Pyrenees mountains

This is a scenic ride in the Pyrenees to a col that has been featured in 10 Tour de France stages, most recently back-to-back in 2021 and 2022. In 2018 and 2021, Col d’Azet was the lead in to the stage finish at Col de Portet, which is the second hardest bike climb in France. Cols Portet and Azet have start points in Saint Lary Soulan.

one-lane mountain roadway, foggy day, bright green grass on either side of roadway 

photo collage shows red tractor tending grassy field, one-lane country roadway, sharp mountains, Pyrenees

photo collage shows views above the clouds, road signs for Col de Val Louron

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