Cycling Col de Spandelles
View back down the ravine that we climb up from Ferrieres.
Ride 10.3 kilometers gaining 820 meters at 8.3% average grade.
Climb begins in the very small town (pop. 84) of Ferrieres north of Col du Solour and west of Argeles Gazost.
I do not recall how we had the good fortune of discovering Col de Spandelles when we visited the Pyrenees (Argeles Gazost/Luz Saint Sauveur) in 2013 but I feel quite lucky that we did stumble across it. The climb begins in the small and charming town of Fererriers and climbs a single lane rough road through lush surroundings an open col 10 kilometers up. The climb is steep throughout (averaging just over 8%) with 500 meters at 10.3% and a full kilometer at 9.2%.
Col de Spandelles is a little known route that is in close proximity to the much more popular and well known (if not famous) climbs of Col du Soulor and Col d’Aubisque. A nice and short loop from Argeles Gazost includes Col du Soulor and Col de Spandelles at 585 kilometers with 1,976 meters of climbing (PJAMM’s Col du Soulor + Col de Spandelles Loop Page).
Perhaps we will never experience the privacy we have climbing Spandelles in 2013 and again in 2018 - the Tour de France features the col from Fererriers on Stage 18 in the middle of Col d’Aubisque and the mountaintop finish at Hautacam.