Data of various rides from Saint Savin:
All these rides were recorded with a Garmin cycle computer and can be ridden from La Lanterne Rouge Pyrénées Cycling Lodge.
53km ride with 1500m accent. Cambasque is a Tour mountain top finish ans Pont d’Espagne is in the National Park.
Col du Lingous. Down the bike path to Lourdes, around the north side of the col and up and over (575m) to return back to the bike path.
Gavarnie. Cirque du Gavarnie, spectacular scenery in the National Park, including Europe’s highest water falls which falls for 422m.
Hautacam again, don’t know why it is just pain.
Lavedan again but without any climbs.
A short ride around the Lavedan Valley, with a few climbs. Most notable the 30% gradient of Saint-Pastous.
Cabilaros & Lac d’Estaing.
From St Savin start climbing stright away up the Cabilaros until you run out of tarmac, then a quick descent and on up to the lake. Beautiful ride on very, very quiet roads.
Col de Spandelles
A 90km loop today, over Col de Spandelles and back through Saint Pé and Omex.
Col de Croix Blanche & Col de Tourmalet.
With Naas Cycling Club, down the valley to Luganan and Col de Croix Blanche. Descend to Bagnéres de Bigorre and then up to Col de Tourmalet from the east.
I went along on the ride to Hautacam with our guests from Wolftrap CC. We crossed the Cote de Saint Savin down to Pierrfitte and then along the Voie Vert (Green Way) to Argeles for the start of Hautacam.
A ride with Wolftrap CC to Luz Ardiden.
Col de Spandelles and Col de Soulor.
Down to Argeles, climb the Col de Spandelles from the east and the Col du Soulor from the north. 64km with 1933m of ascent, very hard ride the last 21km are down hill, so all the climbing is in the first 43km.
Set out to climb the Col de Tourmalet but it is still closed, so I went on to the ski station at Superbaréges. It is 29km from St Savin and is 4.5km from the Tourmalet summit, with 14km at 8%.
Climb from St Savin for 25km to Le Tech, a hydro power plant at 1500m in the national park. A dense pine forest with the usual spectacular waterfalls and stunningly beautiful vistas. On the way back took in the Col de Borderers, its only 3 km but very steep and rather painful, but that’s what cycling is all about.
Col de Couraduque
Down hill to Argelés and then 17km at 5% up to the Col de Couraduque (1367m). The last 6km are very hard with averages of 8% and 9% with a max of 15%. The decent is great fun with a brilliant surface and wide road with lots of switchbacks. Came back to St Savin through Bun.
Col de Croix Blanche
Down the valley to Lugagnan and up the 3.5km to Berbérust (713m), it an real killer at 9.4% with a section over 20%. The descent is slow despite the grade that reaches -25%, there are open gullies crossing the road so you need to be cautious. Then it is up the Col de Croix Blanche (825m), a lovely climb at 4-5% until the last couple of km where it kicks up reaching 14% in places. The view is amazing and the decent very fast and technical, reached 68km per hour just off the summit. From Trébons I headed back towards Lourdes over the Cote de Loucrup (547)m. At Lourdes I joined the Voie Vert to Argeles-Gazost and then up the hill home.
Easy ride down the valley to near Lourdes an the easy climb to Omex and then home the same route.
Voie Vert (Green Way)
A 40km flat ride down the Voie Vert (Green Way) to Lourdes and back. An old railway has been tarmacked over for use by cyclists and rollerblades.
Santa Maria de Campan.
Over the Col de Croix Blanche (831m) to Bagnéres de Bigorre and up to the forge at Sante Maria de Campan. This village at the foot of the eastern side of the Col de Tourmalet was made famous in 1913 by Eugène_Christophe.
First 1000m Alt climb of 2009.
In warm sunshine from St Savin up the Val d’Azun to Arras, through the villages of Gez and Salles and down to the valley floor onto the cycle road to Pierrfitte and up to Cauterets, the last 7km were in the snow, very cold but worth it for the views. The first climb over 1000m of 2009.
From St Savin to Hautacam and back.
Saint Savin to Luz Ardiden.