One of the best known ascents in the Pyrenees, the Tourmalet has been included in the Tour de France more often than any other mountain since its introduction in 1910. Whilst the first treacherous crossing was summarised by the iconic, flippant words of Alphonse Steinès, stating “Crossed Tourmalet stop. Very good road stop. Perfectly feasible”, the Tourmalet is not to be taken lightly.
The 19km climb averages around 7.4%, with the steepest sections at the very end, once your energy is almost fully drained. From the Western side, you’ll gain over 4,000ft of elevation. The pros will commonly conquer this ascent in under an hour, but for us mere mortals, under two hours is very respectable!