Luz Ardiden

January 15, 2019

Boasting 25 hairpins you could say that Luz Ardiden is the Alpe d’Huez of the Pyrénées. It was first introduced into the Tour in 1985 and has featured 7 times since then. It’s also appeared in the Vuelta twice, in 1992 & 1995.

Built in 1970, the road is cyclists dream wonderfully wide and with regular gradients, allowing you to find a rhythm as you climb. Forested for most of the climb, it’s only when the climb opens up that you appreciate the amazing sequence of hairpins.

If you like a quiet road, with regular gradients and a backdrop of Pyrenean mountains, then this is the climb for you.