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Posted 10 July 2012 - 02:14 PM

Col d'Aspin (1489m) is in the department of Hautes-Pyrénées. It connects Sainte-Marie-de-Campan to the west, in the upper Adour valley, with Arreau to the east, on the River Neste.

From Sainte-Marie-de-Campan (west), the climb is 12.8 km at 5% and the altitude gain is 642m. This is the easy side, only the last 5 kilometres are difficult. The first seven kilometres of the climb have little difficulty, there is one kilometre @ 6% starting at 8 km from the summit. But after passing the ski station at Payolle (1100m) it kicks up dramatically with one kilometre averaging 10%. From there to the summit is much more difficult with a winding ascent in a coniferous forest and an average of 7.5% for the remainder of the climb. The final kilometre is 6.5%.

From Arreau (east), the climb is much more difficult. Col d'Aspin is 12 km long @ 6.5%. The first 2 kilometres are rather rolling, 4% and 3% respectively. The slope becomes more serious with one kilometre @ 8% after the junction with the small road on the left, leading to Aspin-Aure . This side of the Col d'Aspin is characterised by the winding road and a mixture of hardwood forests and pastoral meadows. Five kilometres from the summit begins a steep kilometre @ 9.5%. The final kilometres have an average of 8% and a few portions aof straight road.
The climb is 12 km at 6.5% and the altitude gains 779m.

From either side it is not a particularly hard climb, it has gained legendary status due to it's frequent use in Le Tour de France. 2012 was the 71st passage since 1910. Compared to some of it's neighbours it is rather unmemorable. However, the saving grace of the climb is the spectacular scenery, it truly is beautiful with views of Col du Tourmalet to the west and Col de Peyresourde and Col de Val Louran Azet to the east. Along with Peyresourde, Tourmalet, Soulor and Aubisque, it forms "The circle of Death".

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September 2012 looking East to Arreau.

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July 2012, from the summit looking west to Col du Tourmalet and Pic du Midi.

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 10:08 PM


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Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:40 AM

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Charles Cruchon crossing the summit, 1910 Tour de France.



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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:17 PM

Year Stage Category Start Finish Leader at the summit
2012 16 1 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon  Thomas Voeckler (FRA)
2010 16 1 Bagnères-de-Luchon Pau  Anthony Charteau (FRA)
2009 9 1 Saint-Gaudens Tarbes  Franco Pellizotti (ITA)
2008 9 1 Toulouse Bagnères-de-Bigorre  Riccardo Riccò (ITA)
2006 11 1 Tarbes Val d'Aran-Pla-de-Beret  Fabian Wegmann (DEU)
2004 12 1 Castelsarrasin La Mongie  Michael Rasmussen (DEN)
2003 15 1 Bagnères-de-Bigorre Luz-Ardiden  Sylvain Chavanel (FRA)
2001 14 1 Tarbes Luz-Ardiden  Bobby Julich (USA)
1999 16 1 Lannemezan Pau  Mariano Piccoli (ITA)
1998 10 1 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon  Rodolfo Massi (ITA)
1997 9 2 Pau Loudenvielle  Pascal Hervé (FRA)
1995 15 1 Saint-Girons Cauterets–Crêtes du Lys  Richard Virenque (FRA)
1994 12 1 Lourdes Luz-Ardiden  Richard Virenque (FRA)
1991 13 2 Jaca Val-Louron  Claudio Chiappucci (ITA)
1990 16 1 Blagnac Luz-Ardiden  Claudio Chiappucci (ITA)
1989 10 2 Cauterets Superbagnères  Robert Millar (GBR)
1988 15 1 Saint-Girons Luz-Ardiden  Samuel Cabrera (COL)
1986 13 1 Pau Superbagnères  Dominique Arnaud (FRA)
1985 17 2 Toulouse Luz-Ardiden  José Del Ramo (ESP)
1983 10 1 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon  Patrocinio Jiminez (COL)
1982 13 1 Pau Saint-Lary-Soulan–Pla d'Adet  Michel Laurent (FRA)
1980 13 1 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon  Raymond Martin (FRA)
1979 3 1 Bagnères-de-Luchon Pau  René Bittinger (FRA)
1978 11 2 Pau Saint-Lary-Soulan–Pla d'Adet  Michel Laurent (FRA)
1977 2 2 Auch Pau  Luis Balague (ESP)
1976 15 2 Saint-Lary-Soulan Pau  Gerben Karstens (NED)
1975 11 2 Pau Saint-Lary-Soulan–Pla d'Adet  Lucien Van Impe (BEL)
1974 17 2 Saint-Lary-Soulan La Mongie  Jean-Pierre Danguillaume (FRA)
1973 14 2 Bagnères-de-Luchon Pau  José-Manuel Fuente (ESP)
1972 8 2 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon Roger Swerts (BEL)
1971 16A 2 Bagnères-de-Luchon Gourette–les-Eaux-Bonnes Lucien Van Impe (BEL)
1970 18 1 Saint-Gaudens La Mongie Primo Mori (ITA)
1969 17 2 La Mongie Mourenx Joaquim Galera (ESP)
1964 16 2 Bagnères-de-Luchon Pau Julio Jiménez (ESP)
1963 11 2 Bagnères-de-Bigorre Bagnères-de-Luchon Guy Ignolin (FRA)
1963 12 3 Pau Saint-Gaudens Federico Bahamontes (ESP)
1961 17 2 Bagnères-de-Luchon Pau Marcel Queheille (FRA)
1960 11 2 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon Kurt Gimmi (SUI)
1959 11 2 Bagnères-de-Bigorre Saint-Gaudens Jean Dotto (FRA)
1958 14 2 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon Federico Bahamontes (ESP)
1956 12 2 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon Nino Defilippis (ITA)
1955 17 2 Toulouse Saint-Gaudens Charly Gaul (LUX)
1954 12 2 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon Louison Bobet (FRA)
1953 11 2 Cauterets Bagnères-de-Luchon Jean Robic (FRA)
1952 17 2 Toulouse Bagnères-de-Bigorre Raphaël Geminiani (FRA)
1951 14 2 Tarbes Bagnères-de-Luchon Fausto Coppi (ITA)
1950 11 2 Pau Saint-Gaudens Kléber Piot (FRA)
1949 11 2 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon Apo Lazarides (FRA)
1948 8 2 Lourdes Toulouse Jean Robic (FRA)
1947 15 1 Bagnères-de-Luchon Pau Jean Robic (FRA)
1939         Edward Vissers
1938         Gino Bartali
1937         Julián Berrendero
1936         Yvan Marie
1935         Félicien Vervaecke
1934         Antonin Magne
1933         Vicente Trueba
1927         Nicolas Frantz
1926         Lucien Buysse
1925         Omer Huyse
1924         Ottavio Bottechia
1923         Robert Jacquinot
1922         Jean Alavoine
1921         Hector Heusghem
1920         Firmin Lambot
1919         Honoré Barthélémy
1914         Firmin Lambot
1913         Philippe Thys
1912         Louis Mottiat
1911          Paul Duboc
1910     Luchon Bayonne Octave Lapize


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Posted 11 March 2013 - 01:16 AM

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Col d'Aspin, looking east into vallée d'Aure, on 10th March 2013.

 

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The view to the west, Vallée de Campan, Col du Tourmalet and Pic du Midi.http://www.velopelot...l-du-tourmalet/



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Posted 20 November 2013 - 09:48 AM

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Vintage cars, September 2013.

 

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