From Tarascon, you go east towards the Montségur and Croix des Morts passes. The crossing of the Plateau de Sault and the gorges of the Aude will be the relaxation part before climbing on the "roof" of the Ariège passes: the Port of Pailhères at 2001m. Then follows the ascent of the Col du Chioula, rewarded by the balcony overlooking the Ariège valley and the descent to Verdun (caution in the switchbacks). The circuit ends with a 16 km climb including passages at 11% and an arrival at the Plateau de Beille at 1800m, the Mecca of cycling champions.
Please note L'Ariégeoise XXL is a very demanding course reserved for perfectly trained cyclists (4000km of preparation) who are aware of the demands represented by such a series of high mountain passes.
South of Ariège, on the border with Andorra, are the Ariège Pyrenees. Between mountainous landscapes and activities, there are many [...]