Out of the top of village the road rolls with some ramps up to around 10%. They are quite short, though. All in all its a good way to warm up and to prepare for the steep ramps of the Soulor. Once through Bun, the route finally joins the main D918 up from Argeles-Gazost. Once on the main road, the gradients start to kick up, eventually hitting more than 8% for the last 3 kilometres. This is the hardest part of the entire climb, and doesn't ease until the very top of the Soulor.
I met up with Angela at the top for the obligatory summit picture.
|Bile and rider at the top of the Soulor|
While up there, Angela found out how French sheep keep cool in the height of summer.
|Sheep finding shade the French way in the car park at the Soulor|
|The road towards the Aubisque from the Soulor|
|The short tunnel on the road to the Aubisque|
|The scenery is sensational|
Angela was on hand again to get the picture of bike and rider at the top of the Aubisque.
|Bike and rider at the top of the Aubisque|
|The massive bike sculptures at the top of the Aubisque|
|Looking back to the Soulor from the road to the Aubisque|
Returning to the Soulor, this ride gives a rare opportunity to crest a climb, and to go straight into a descent. Although the scenery is less stunning on this side of the Soulor, the descent is fast, with good sight lines, but the surface leaves a little to be desired. No pot holes, but there are patches that need to be watched.
On the return, I decided to descend on the main road back to Argeles-Gazost, to see how nasty it really is. There is a long descent at around 9% into the town. It's narrow and busy, and best avoided.
The track down from the Col d'Aubisque is available on Garmin Connect.