Col du Soulor - Arrens Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

5.2
FIETS
4.7 mi
DISTANCE
1,942 ft
GAINED
7.9 %
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From 1973 Col du Soulor has been featured 12 times (the highest concerntration was 6 times between 1973-1985.

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For those looking to stay in the area we would recommend the Pyrenees Cycling Lodge. Located in the beautiful medieval village of Saint Savin and hosted by Mark & Niamh, the Lodge is run by cyclists for cyclists. It is a great location for any cycling adventure in the Pyrenees with several renowned climbs within 100km of the property and 6 Tour de France climbs within 15km. Visit their website or contact them directly at pyreneescyclinglodge@gmail.com .

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Difficulty: Challenging
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Dec 6, 2021
difficulty: Challenging
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 4
Dec 6, 2021
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 4
This climb can be done by itself for a good shorter challenge. However, it is much better as part of a longer ride from Argeles Gazost to the top of the Soulor or continuing on the Aubisque.
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Bike climb of Col du Soulor from Arrens - Col sign

Col du Soulor is located in the northwestern Pyrenees mountain range.  The Col is accessed from the north via the small village of Ferrières on D126, and from the south via Arrens on the busier and wider D918.  The col can also be accessed from Eaux-Bonnes to the west via Col d’Aubisque.

TOUR DE FRANCE HISTORY

Col du Soulor was first featured in the 1912 Tour de France and has been included many times since then.  The race organizers truly were “assassins” -- as Octavio Lapize uttered on Tourmalet in 1910. TdF’s 1912 Stage 10, Luchon to Bayonne, was just plane gruesome -- 326 km with five cols: Peyresourde, Aspin, Tourmalet, Soulor and Aubisque.   Torturous and unbelievable -- truly!

Climb Col du Soulor from Arrens by bike - sign leaving Arrens

Col du Soulor first appeared in the TdF on Stage 10 1912

Photo - hyperleap.com - 1912 Tour de France.

Soulor has not been considered a category climb when it is part of the approach to Col d’Aubisque.  During the post-WWII Tour de France (1947) Soulor has been featured 12 times between 1973 and 2010 and will return in Stage 14 July 20, 2019.  Other than receiving the prominent HC rank in 1982, it has most often been ranked a Cat 1, but for Cat 2 in 2000.  

Col du Soulor -- TdF made it famous and the Vuelta visited in 2016.  

Climb Col du Soulor from Arrens by bike - sign leaving Arrens

7.5 km at 7.9%.

Climb Col du Soulor from Arrens by bike - sign leaving Arrens

KM markers along the route.

Climbing Col du Soulor from Arrens by bike,  roadway and Tour de France sign.

This climb has seen plenty of TdF action.

Bicycle ride up Col du Soulor from Arrens - road sign for Col du Soulor and Col d'Aubisque.

Continue on to Col d’Aubisque -- it’ll be epic -- guaranteed!

Bicycling Col du Soulor from Arrens - col sign at the top with cyclists riding by

There are two restaurants at the top.

Cycling Col du Soulor from Arrens - PJAMM John Johnson with bike at col sign

Steepest kilometer begins at km 6.3 (9%)

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