An ULTRA itinerary! 5 famous Tour de France passes are on the menu: Montségur, the cross of the dead, the "roof of the Ariège passes": Pailhères at 2m, the Chioula pass, and finally the emblematic Beille plateau at 001m .


Ariège Pyrenees

South of Ariège, on the border with Andorra, are the Ariège Pyrenees. Between mountainous landscapes and activities, there are many [...]

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1 - From Tarascon-sur-Ariège to the Montségur pass

Leaving from the Tarascon-sur-Ariège Tourist Office, catch up with Avenue Victor Pilhès D618. Pass Mercus Garrabet, arrive at the Saint Antoine roundabout, la charmille, first right towards D117 Lavelanet, pass Saint Paul de Jarrat, Celles, Nalzen. At the veterinary clinic turn right D509 direction Montségur. Pass Villeneuve d'Olmes, direction Montferrier D9. Climb to the Col de Montségur, descend to the village.

2 - From Montségur to Espezel

Continue to Bélesta via Fougax and Barrineuf D9. After the intermittent Fontestorbe fountain and the lemonade, pay attention to the junction, turn right on the D16 towards Belcaire / Querigut Mijanes. Climb through the forest, pass the cross of the dead. Arrive in the Aude department D29. Pass the Bénagues. Continue to the sawmill inn, turn left on the D613 towards Espezel. Drive, turn right D29 Espezel / Belfort. Enter the village of Espezel.

3 - From Espezel to Rouze

Cross Espezel at the stop sign in the village, go straight ahead, still on the D29. At the give way go straight on D29 towards Mazuby. Go down into the forest to reach a junction, turn right D107 towards Aunat. Continue on the 107 to turn left, go up on the D20 to Rodome, then Aunat. Stay on the D20 to Bessède de Sault. At the fork, turn right towards Gesse. Go down in the bends, at the fork, turn right towards Quérigut / Mijanes D118. Stay on the D118, pass the old Usson baths. Turn right on D16 towards Rouze. Begin the ascent to reach Rouze.

4 - From Rouze to Col de Pailhères and then Col du Chioula

On leaving Rouze, turn right on the D116 towards Mijanès. On leaving Mijanès turn right D25 Col de Pailhères/Mijanès. Ascent of the pass then descent. Pass the station of Ascou then the village. After Ascou turn right towards Ignaux D613 Col du Chioula. Leave Ignaux and Sorgeat to climb to the pass. From the Col du Chioula to the Col de Marmare, route des Corniches then Plateau de Beille. From the col du chioula go down to the col de Marmare then turn left D20 towards Caussou/ route des corniches. Continue on the D20 past Bestiac, Lordat, Axiat, Appy, Caychax. After Senconac turn left before descending on the D120 to reach Verdun and Les Cabannes. Arrive at Cabannes, take the direction of Plateau de Beille by the D522.


Arriving at Les Cabannes, head towards the SNCF station to take the train.

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