4-X (06-07-2006)  PASSO UMBRAIL - PASSO STELVIO - PASSO MORTIROLO - PASSO GAVIA
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PAILHERES - 2001 m

    Start 1. Usson les Bains

    Access 1. Puigcerda - Mont Louis - Puyvalador - Querigut

    Start 2. Ax-les-Thermes

    Access 2. Barcelona - La Seu d'Urgell - Andorra - direction Foix

Side Usson les Bains

This recently famous clima is quite similar to Tourmalet. Maybe 2-3km more to say itís almost equal. Since Ussat, the gradient turns to 9%. Keep in mind this is 16km. Just after the third kilometer, crossing Rouze, itís easier for a while at 6%. The road, a typical French one.

Kiko, Gerard & Oscar in the easy part

After that easy part, we get into Mijanes, it changes again to 9%. At the beginning, the road still wide, and straight zones.

Oscar starting the narrow zone

But after 2km, suddenly, the road becomes very narrow, and a funny part begins, plenty of slopes, surrounded by small closed forest. But the gradient, still at 9%.

Nice views from the top

With 5km to the top, itís softer again, at 7%, and we have a couple of flats. Besides, the road opens, and the wind now hits us. The slopes, more separated now, are still present. Last 2km, not so steep, at 6%, are nice because the width of the road.

Oscar in his last effort

I recommend 39x25, because a 23 should require a lot of strength in regular 9% sections. The slopes in the central part are very helpful to take a breath. I would honestly expect the Tour to visit Pailheres many times in a close future