Col du Soulor Climb Profile

By : Mr Mamil
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Col du Soulor Climb
Col du Soulor

The Col du Soulor (1,474m) is a lesser-known medium mountain pass in the French Pyrenees. It links the French towns of Argelès-Gazost in the east and Arthez-d’Asson in the north.

Col du Soulor is a long climb regardless of these two directions.

  • From Argelès-Gazost (east)
  • From Arthez-d’Asson (north)

Starting point : Argelès-Gazost

Argelès-Gazost is located east of Col du Soulor.

It’s a long, Hors Catégorie (HC) climb from Argelès-Gazost at 18.9km and an average of 5.1%. There is a false flat and rolling section in the middle, between the sixth and twelfth kilometer. The last 7km are steep, with the gradients rarely dipping below 6%.

Once at the summit, you can either turn right and descend into Arthez-d’Asson, or continue towards the Col d’Ausbique, another 9.7km from here.

The Hautacam is also near Argelès-Gazost for those looking for a more challenging climb.

Col du Soulor from Argelès-Gazost
Distance18.9km
Climb categoryHC
Elevation gain999m
Minimum elevation491m
Maximum elevation1,458m
Average gradient5.1%
Maximum gradient13.0%
Strava segmentCol du Soulor from Argelès-Gazost
Col du Soulor from Argelès-Gazost

Starting point : Arthez-d’Asson

Arthez-d’Asson is located north of Col du Soulor. It’s an Hors Catégorie (HC) climb from Arthez-d’Asson up to the Col du Soulor. The side up the Col du Soulor is the lesser-known of the two and the more scenic route. 

The climb to Col du Soulor from Arthez-d’Asson is 24.4km long and averages 4.6%.

The first 12km are easier with some false flat sections. From the thirteenth kilometer onwards, the gradient gets significantly steeper and rarely dips below 6%.

Col du Soulor from Arthez-d’Asson
Distance24.4km
Climb categoryHC
Elevation gain1,161m
Minimum elevation335m
Maximum elevation1,459m
Average gradient4.6%
Maximum gradient13.1%
Strava segmentCol du Soulor from Arthez-d’Asson
Col du Soulor from Arthez-d’Asson

Col du Soulor in the Tour de France

The Col du Soulor was used in the Tour de France 16 times from 1922 to 2019.

In 2019’s Stage 14, the peloton ascended from Arthez-d’Asson, turned left at the top, and descended into Argelès-Gazost.

Col du Soulor is sometimes used with Col d’Ausbique as part of the west-east approach, such as on Stage 10 in 2000. The peloton ascended the Col d’Ausbique from the west, descended east into the Col du Soulor, and eventually finished atop the Hautacam.

YearStageCategoryStartFinishFirst to summit
2019141TarbesCol du TourmaletTim Wellens
2010171PauCol du TourmaletMarcus Burghardt
2000102DaxHautacamJavier Otxoa
1999161LannemezanPauPavel Tonkov
199791PauLoudenvielleLaurent Brochard
1996171Argelès-GazostPamplonaPascal Hervé
1995161TarbesPauStage neutralised
198518a1Luz-Saint-SauveurCol d’AubisqueStephen Roche
198212HCFleurancePauAndré Chalmel
197931Bagnères-de-LuchonPauMariano Martinez
1975101AuchPauLucien Van Impe
1974181Bagnères-de-BigorrePauAndrés Oliva
1973141Bagnères-de-LuchonPauPedro Torres
Col du Soulor appearances at the Tour de France