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From a cycling perspective, Piau-Engaly’s claim to fame is that it hosted the finish of stage 15 of the 1999 Tour de France. The climb from Saint-Lary-Soulon was rated category 1 that day. When the Tour de France is not visiting, the ski station at the top does not have much activity outside of the ski season. This is a good challenge that can be tackled with some of the more famous climbs as part of an extended stay in the area. The Route des Lacs (especially Lac de Cap-de-Long) from Saint-Lary-Soulon is a real hidden gem of the Pyrenees.
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Roadway: The roadway is in good shape as the ski station at the top gets year round traffic.
Traffic: There is almost no traffic in the non-ski season once you turn off from the main road that continues on to a tunnel to Spain as the D173.
Parking: You can park in Saint-Lary-Soulon or at the top of the climb.
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 full services and bike shops in Saint-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 plenty of places to stay in Saint-Lary-Soulon. The town also has a number of restaurants and shops for food.
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Jun 20, 2021
One of the lesser known climbs in the St-Lary-Soulon area, it hosted a Tour de France stage finish in 1999. Much of te climb is along the main road with much traffic. Once you turn off the main road, there is almost no traffic and the difficulty increases. Take everything with you - the ski station is basically boarded up in the summer.