AUBISQUE - 1709 m
Start 1. Laruns
Access 1. Huesca - Sabiñanigo - direction Francia
Start 2. Argeles-Gazost
Access 2. Tarbes - Lourdes
It's the mountain where probably the Tour has been more times, part of the historic stage between Pau and Luchon. From this side, there are 17km of constant climb, with an average close to 7%, ut a little bit steepper on the last 5km, after the Gourette ski station.
Central part of the climb
Initially, it's really easy, but having passed a samll village called Eaux Bonnes, we get in front of a short but hard 13% section. All that zone is surrounded by a very nice forest, at 7-9%, really different to the last part, where there's a lack of vegetation.
This is part of the tough last 5km
You can't rely on what you see in the last meters. The road isn't good, and you easily get that feeling of being fixed to the ground...but finally you get to the summit.
Strictly talking about cycling, I needed a 23 in the last 4km, but until that, I managed with a 39x21, which I think is not the best choice. I recommend a 39x23 to reach the end with a reasonable effort.
This is the summit
Besides, I also recommend the other side, longer but really nice. Don't forget to stop and take a picture on the beatiful landscape that offers you the road which joins the Soulor and the Aubisque. The climb is a mix of hard sections, up to 7%, and others really softer.