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#1 Velo Peloton

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:19 PM

Luz Ardiden is a ski station in Hautes Pyrenees. About 30km south of Lourdes in a valley known as Pays Toy (country of the small people). The climb starts in the spa town of Saint Sauveur at 710m altitude and climbs for 13.4km to the summit at the ski station at 1720m. The average is 7.6% and the max is 12%. It is a very well engineered road constructed in the 1970's, with 25 hairpin bends and long straight sections in between. A beautiful ride up, the descend is the best there is anywhere. Period.

The climb offers spectacular views of the grand peaks of Haute Pyrénées, it is mostly wooded until 4km to go where it opens up and you can see the ski station. Remember to keep left at the junction 1.5km from the summit. From the ski station you can look back down at the hairpins you have just climbed and wonder at you own awesomeness (that's what I do anyway). You can also see Hautacam and Col du Tourmalet.

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It can also be climbed from Gorge de luz via Viscos, this route is substantially harder to climb, being longer, steeper and with a poorer road surface. It is not recommended to descend this way.

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View from the ski station car-park in March 2012.

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Spring 2012, 8km up the climb. The town down in the valley is Luz-Saint Sauveur.

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Luz Ardiden in summer 2011.



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Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:39 PM

Tour de France on Luz Ardiden
Photo gallery of Tour de France 2011 on Luz Ardiden.

 

Year Stage Category Start of stage Distance (km) Stage winner Yellow jersey
2011 12 HC Cugnaux 211 Samuel Sánchez Thomas Voeckler
2003 15 HC Bagnères de Bigorre 159.5 Lance Armstrong Lance Armstrong
2001 14 HC Tarbes 144 Roberto Laiseka Lance Armstrong
1994 12 HC Lourdes 204.5 Richard Virenque Miguel Indurain
1990 16 HC Blagnac 215 Miguel Indurain Claudio Chiappucci
1988 15 HC Saint-Girons 187.5 Laudelino Cubino Gonzalez Pedro Delgado
1987 14 HC Pau 166 Dag Otto Lauritzen Charly Mottet
1985 17 HC Toulouse 209.5 Pedro Delgado Bernard Hinault

 



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Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:01 PM


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Posted 05 May 2012 - 12:24 AM

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 12:39 AM

Tour de France, Luz Ardiden, 14 July 2011.

 

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:30 AM

I rode up Luz Ardiden on 19th February 2013.

 

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 10:16 PM

October 20th. http://www.strava.co...vities/90203742

 

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500m from the summit.

 

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From the ski station.

 

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Dirt road above the ski station.

 

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View down on the ski station.

 

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 02:33 PM

A few photos from 2011 Tour de France on Luz Ardiden.

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Sylvain Chavanel

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José Iván Gutiérrez Palacios

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Eustaltel Euskadi. The mountains won't be the same without them.