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The Plateau de Bonascre climb

Touring cyclist in Ax-les-Thermes

9.8 km
Touring cyclist
1h
Hard
  • The plateau de Bonascre above Ax-les-Thermes has become a classic climb of the Tour de France. Indeed, even though the climb is short, the road towards the top is steep, and it will delighted every cyclist who has the climbing spirit !

  • The climb towards the Plateau de Bonascre allows you to reach the ski resort of Ax-les-Thermes called Ax-3-Domaines. That resort welcome each winter ski and snowboard lovers. It is the steepness of the road that define the most this climb, as the average gradient is 8,2%. However, that climb is quite short, 8km (5 miles), and the ascending elevation is 650m (710 yards).

    This profile got the attention of the organisers of the Tour de France for the first time in 2001. Since then, 4 stages...
    The climb towards the Plateau de Bonascre allows you to reach the ski resort of Ax-les-Thermes called Ax-3-Domaines. That resort welcome each winter ski and snowboard lovers. It is the steepness of the road that define the most this climb, as the average gradient is 8,2%. However, that climb is quite short, 8km (5 miles), and the ascending elevation is 650m (710 yards).

    This profile got the attention of the organisers of the Tour de France for the first time in 2001. Since then, 4 stages ended at the top of the Plateau de Bonascre, the last time was in 2013 for the 100th edition of the race. Two other races, the Route du Sud and the Ronde de l'Isard had also stages ending in Ax-3-Domaines, that climb becoming an unmissable of the Pyrenees !
  • Difference in height
    881.38 m
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
Points of interest
1 KM 0 : Foot of the climb
The foot is quite tough as the slope is constantly between 8% and 10% on the first 2,5 km (1,5 miles).
2 KM 1,6 (1st mile) : Steepest part
Here is the steepest part of the climb, the slope reaches 11,6% for 200m (220 yards) !
3 KM 2,5 (1,5 mi) : the slope gets easier
After that tough start, the slope gets easier for 1 kilometer (0,6 miles) and it remains around 5%.
4 KM 3,2 (2 mi) : Return of the steep parts
After that bend, the road gets steep again and it remains around 8% and 10% for about 2,5 km (1,5 mi)
5 KM 5,8 (3,6 mi) : Final stretch
After a series of 6 hairpins, the road gets slighly easier (5%) for 1km (0,6 mi), and then it gets steep again (9,8%) until the entry in Bonascre.
6 KM 7,8 (4,8 mi) : Bonascre
At the end of the first bend in Bonascre, you have 2 choices : you can go on for 200m (220 yards) on the departmental road until the foot of the ski slopes of Ax-3-Domaines. Or you can act as a rider of the Tour de France and take on the right the "Rue des Chalets" (Chalet's Street) for 1km (0,6 mi). This will lead you to the telecabin station where you can still cross the finish line of the Tour de France !
881 meters of difference in height
  • Start altitude : 732 m
  • End altitude : 1373 m
  • Maximum altitude : 1373 m
  • Minimum altitude : 715 m
  • Total positive elevation : 881 m
  • Total negative elevation : -240 m
  • Max positive elevation : 117 m
  • Min positive elevation : -39 m