The climb to Pla d'Adet is graded
'Hors Categorie' in the Tour de France ranking system, which
makes sense. A difference in altitude of 850 meters between Vignec
and the ski resort has to be conquered in hardly more than 10
kilometers. The day before Ward has climbed the bastard
the Red Bull Road Rage downhill cycling event was organized.
Frédéric Moncassin, the winner, and other daredevils
cycled 4.3 km of Pla d'Adet with speeds up to 95 km/h.
At roughly two-third of the climb,
shortly after passing Espiaube, there is a possibility to turn
right for the Col de Portet (2215 m). The name 'col' is somewhat
misleading. The road finishes at a car park surrounded by ski
lifts and related buildings. You have to descend along same road
as used uphill. There seems to be no facilities in summer. See
for a gradient profile.