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Col d’Aspin – Cycling Inspiration & Education climb and descent

And of course what goes up must come down, just try not to get too distracted by the view on the way down to Arreau. We hope this video gives you an insight into what to expect from the descent. The most important thing is to ride safe and, of course, enjoy!

Nestled in the Hautes-Pyrenees, from the summit of the Col d’Aspin to Arreau in the east is a 12km slither of tarmac that’ll have you smiling all the way to the valley. Cascading mountain layers fill the horizon as you trace your way down the narrow road. Moderately technical with five 180° hairpins and a flurry of fast, flowing, bends the Aspin descent allows you to keep your speed, look past each corner and really enjoy the buzz of free-falling downhill on two wheels. For the more experienced it’s a blast and, just like the ascent, if you’re looking to build your confidence before taking on bigger things then it’s a great place to start as it allows you to concentrate on your every movement while at the same time enjoying the view!

Length: 12km
Summit: 1,489m
Valley: 690m
Elevation drop: 799m
Average gradient: 6.7%
Max gradient: 10%

Thank you to our partners Mavic, Cannondale, Exposure Lights, Fi’zi:k, Haute Route, La Fuga, Lezyne, Map My Tracks, Muc Off, Scicon, The Sufferfest, Torq Fitness and USE for enabling us to bring these truly special mountains to life for you all. If you’re in need of new bike kit in the future and you enjoyed this video then bear them in mind and help keep the wheels turning 🙂

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Stay well, ride safe and thank you for watching.

Mike Cotty
The Col Collective

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