Mike Simpson

Col d Aubisque

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Elevation: 1709m

A regular on the Etape du Tour, raced it in 2010 and 2012, both from the classic route up from the town of Laruns. The road down (and then slightly up again) to the Solour is wonderful with great views and tricky tunnels. But it was in the Cent Cols in 2011 that the Aubisque really came to life, extreme conditions and no visibility, so cold. The photo was taken on a recovery ride the day after the 2010 Etape.