Col d’Aubisque is located in the Pyrenees and epitomises the area perfectly. One of the easier, tough rides, Col d’Aubisque twists and turns through greenery that demonstrates the area’s incredible scenery.
When to ride the Col d’Aubisque
Like with many rides in the Pyrenees, the best time to ride is during the traditional summer months of June to late September. As with many rides and climbs in the Pyrenees, during peak times such as July, the climb can be quite busy – so early June or late September is an ideal time to go if you want a quieter ride.
Riding the Col d’Aubisque
Col d’Aubisque is a key part of the traditional Pyrenees climbs that have featured regularly across various Tour De France routes since its inception in 1903. Col d’Aubisque is one of the most beautiful climbs in the region, but also one of the most challenging for riders. Arguably the greatest descent is from Argeles Gazost and although traffic can be busy within the first few kilometres, this soon calms down.
A particular highlight during the climb is the Cirque de Litor, a stunning horseshoe bend that loops around the side of the mountain. As you approach the final ascent to the top of Col d’Aubisque, some of the most stunning views available on any climb or ride in Europe are available to you and are well worth taking in at the top, or as you ascend or descend.