Saint-Jean Pied de Port
The Pyrenees is all about narrow roads, untouched landscapes, and wild rides into the unknown. So we’re kicking off stage one of the 2022 event with a route that epitomises everything that makes the Pyrenees world-renowned. After a transfer from Biarritz, the peloton will set out from Saint-Jean Pied de Port and ride head-first into the wild roads of the Basque Country. Stage One brings together an unforgettable collection of hidden gems including Col de Landerre and Col de Bagargui. After culminating at stunning finish on Col du Pourtalet, riders will descend into Spain to spend the night in charming Formigal.
Climbing into the high mountains of the Pyrenees, the 151km ride from Formigal to Pau will be one to remember. After climbing back over Pourtalet, all eyes will turn to the legendary Col d’Aubisque. Weaving past the famous horses and cattle that call the col home and heading into the breathtaking traverse to Col du Soulor, this ride is the Pyrenees dream. The final col on the menu will be the wild Col de Spandelles, which is set to make its Tour de France debut just two weeks later. From here, riders will enjoy a long descent into the stunning city of Pau.
Since it first featured in the Tour de France in 1910, the Col du Tourmalet has earned a sacred status as one of the most important climbs in cycling history. That’s why it had to feature in the 2022 edition of the Haute Route Pyrenees. Setting out from Pau in the longest stage of the 2022 race, the peloton will take on the stunning ascent to Col du Soulor before heading into the legendary climb to Col du Tourmalet from Luz-Saint-Sauveur. Reaching the summit at 2115m, riders will have the chance to admire the spectacular view and grab a photo with the iconic statue of Octave Lapize before a long, beautiful descent to Tarbes.
In the penultimate stage of the race, we’re going deep into the wilds of the Hautes-Pyrénées. Starting with the ascent to the breathtaking Hourquette d’Ancizan at 1564m, riders will be greeted with magnificent views at the summit of the iconic pass. But it’s the mesmerising climb towards the Néouvielle massif that will take riders into the true wilderness of the region. The climb from Saint-Lary-Soulan towards the Lac de Cap-de-Long truly epitomises what riding in the Pyrenees is all about. The narrow road through dense pine forests opens into a wild, untouched landscape that must be seen to be believed.
Col du Portet
In a stunning finale to the 2022 edition of the Haute Route Pyrenees the fifth stage climbs to the highest point of the entire race for an epic finish line on the legendary Col du Portet. Finding new fame in its Tour de France debut in 2018, Col du Portet has quickly become a bucket list climb in the Pyrenees. At 2215m, the summit offers sweeping views across the region and makes the perfect finish line for this epic edition of the Haute Route Pyrenees.