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Biarritz: A Gateway to the Pyrenees



The ideal starting point for the Haute Route Pyrenees, find out more about the city of Biarritz.


Although typically synonymous with the Atlantic Ocean and surfing, the beautiful city of Biarritz makes the perfect surrounding for cyclists too. That´s why it´s to no surprise this stunning location marks the start of the Haute Route Pyrenees 2022.

With superb Pyrenean climbs this extraordinary route between the ocean and the mountains is sure to immediately charm you. The magical waves enjoyed by surfers from all over Europe wash up on the sandy beaches of Biarritz offering visitors a magnificent natural spectacle.

During the five-day event you will enjoy a night in this picture postcard city before you face the cycling challenge of the Haute Route Pyrenees. After leaving the ocean, the route will take you to a completely different terrain, full of memorable climbs with varied profiles: monuments of cycling that have featured in the Tour de France, but also lesser-known passes that will immerse you in a unique and extraordinary natural setting. Here is an overview of what awaits you…

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LE COL DE PORTET

16.2km - 8.6% - 2215m+  

Face the Col de Portet in the fifth and final stage of the Haute Route Pyrénées 2022. After featuring in the 2018 Tour de France, it has recently made cycling history. More demanding than Alpe d'Huez and higher in altitude than the Tourmalet, the Col de Portet is a challenge not to be missed.

Beyond its difficulty, this pass offers a typical Pyrenean landscape where you´ll find yourself surrounded amid the mountains, greenery and beautiful wildlife including herds of cows and horses. An incredible end to this five-day adventure, we guarantee emotions will be high as your cross the finish line!

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CAP DE LONG  

22.4km - 5.9% - 21.61m+  

Get ready to meet Cap de Long – one of the many wonders that awaits you on the Haute Route Pyrenees 2022. Although one of the lesser-known climbs, it has breath-taking views, surrounded by untouched, natural beauty.    
During this climb prepare to face a series of stunning switchbacks. What´s even better is that the average gradient of the climb is 5.9%, which gives you plenty of time and, above all, energy to enjoy this magnificent landscape! 

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COL DU TOURMALET  

17.9km - 7.6% - 2115m+  

The Col du Tourmalet need no introduction. A true legend in cycling with its numerous appearances in the Tour de France, it will undoubtedly be the pass that all the riders will have in mind when they leave Biarritz. Climbing the Tourmalet indeed takes true dedication for any cyclist and offers the opportunity to ride in the footsteps of the professional riders. It's your turn to make your mark on this climb!  

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