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Cyclist Magazine - Australia

Cyclist Magazine - Australia

2:33 PM on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Lakes and Col du Portet

It's production time and we're putting the pages together for one of our upcoming Big Ride features, situated in the cycling heartland of the Hautes-Pyrénées, France. Part of a two-ride trip, our ride with VeloTopo took us from Saint-Lary-Soulan high into the clouds of Lac de Cap-de-Long and Lac d'Orédon before plummeting back into town for a final ascent up the gruelling Col du Portet.

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Finding the best cycling routes in the Hautes-Pyrénées thanks to VeloTopo.

It doesn't take long for the views to open up.

We lost count of the number of switchbacks up the Lac de Cap-de-Long.

Bike parking at 2,160m above sea level.

Sampling the local fare at La Grange in Saint-Lary-Soulan.

The final 8km of Col du Portet can only be truly enjoyed on the way down.

The top. Done!

Reward after a big day out.