The Pyrénées are the ultimate playground for our guests to test themselves on the col’s that provide a brutal challenge for even the strongest cyclists.

At Vélo Le Closier, we have a large library of tried and tested cycling routes for our guests to explore. Whether it’s a big day in the mountains, or an easy recovery ride with a cafe stop, we’ve got it covered. Here is just a small sample of what we have in store for you during your stay:

Col de Val Louron-Azet

Fantastic for testing the legs on day 1 of your Pyrenean experience, the Col de Val Louron-Azet is a good, medium climb with plenty of hairpins, stunning views, an enjoyable lack of cars, and a lot of cows. To start the ride, head out left and turn immediately left at the side of the house and follow the road whilst admiring the Neste river running alongside you. Just after the small village...
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Col de Menté

Following stage 12 of the Tour de France 2017, the Col de Menté is a beautiful hairpin filled, fairly challenging climb, rising out of a lush valley. Turn right out of Le Closier, and head towards Tuzaguet. The first 20 kilometres of the ride provide welcome flat roads in preparation for what is to come. The Col d’ Ares is the first climb of the day, with 336m altitude gain and 8.3...
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At only 36km this ride is easily underestimated by a lot of riders. However, the short, technical and lumpy route does provide the opportunity to spare the legs a little for the big one tomorrow. Head out along the Chemin de la Neste and follow it until you join the main road. Turn right and then left when you reach the roundabout where you will start to notice the climbing ramp up. Admire t...
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Tourmalet and Aspin

Now we’re getting to what we have all been waiting for, the Col du Tourmalet is undoubtedly the most iconic climb here in the Pyrénées. Having appeared more than 80 times in the tour, no climb summarises cycling in the Pyrénées more than the Tourmalet. After a 30 minute minibus journey, approach from the western side by passing through Soulom and Luz-Saint-S...
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Lac De Cap-de-Long

Overlooked by Le Tour due to access, Lac de Cap-de-Long has to be one of the best “dam” hidden gems you can come across in the cycling world; with stunning views from the offset, this climb is one of a kind. At 2160 metres, the route to the lake is one of the highest paved roads in the French Pyrenées, higher than Col du Tourmalet pass, and it’s simply a beautiful place...
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Port de Bales and Peyresourde

One of the least known but truly fabulous climbs in the Pyrénées, the Port de Balès debuted in le Tour in 2007 and provides a fantastic spectacle for spectators because of the infrequent jumps in the gradient. Less enjoyable for amateur cyclists, the climb only averages a mere 6.3%, but do not allow yourself to be misled by the stats. This climb is a real test of the legs,...
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No you’re not going crazy, there are easier rides here in the Pyrénées too! As an alternative to the Col’s, we have endless options for flatter rides to let the legs recover. Head out through Escala and Cantaous, and enjoy the long straight section of road until you reach Saint-Plancard. Bear right and test the legs a little on the climb up to Loudet. From there,...
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Bike Workshop and Storage

Whether you need to change your cassette, fit a new chain, or just clean your bike after all the miles you will add to your Strava during your stay with us, our workshop is kitted out with everything you need. We are also have a number of local bike shops if you need anything we don’t have.

The bike storage can easily hold 15 bikes securely in easily accessible racks, with extra space for bike boxes.

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