General characteristics (click for gradient
profile or photos).
- 16 km uphill - Col de Spandelles [1378m] - 10 km
downhill - Etchartes [550m] - 9 km downhill - Artez-d'Asson
[400m] - 28 km up/downhill - Lourdes [343m] - 13 km
semi-flat - Argelès-Gazost [450m].
Initially, take in Argelès
the road to the Col du Soulor, but already after ca. one kilometer
turn right to Gez. Then, follow the signs to the Col de Spandelles.
Four kilometers after Arthez-d'Asson turn sharp right and follow
the D226, which traverses a hilly area. Just before crossing
the Gave* de Pau, turn right and take the D152 to the Grottes
de Bétharram and St Pé-de-Bigorre. Follow the busy
D957, direction Lourdes, for 2 km and take the first opportunity
to cross the Gave de Pau again. From Rieulhes follow a forestry
road to Lourdes (ca. 10 km).
From Lourdes to Argelès-Gazost you have to take the cycle
path (former rail track) on the right hand side (east) of the
Gave de Pau.