Col du Portillon, French Pyrenees
Altitude 1,293m (4,242 ft)
The Col du Portillon is a mountain pass road in the French Pyrenees with the French/Spanish border at the top of the pass. It connects the French city of Bagneres de Luchon to the north with the Spanish city of Bossost in the Val d’Aran to the southeast. From the north, starting in Luchon, the climb is 10.2 km (6.3 miles) long with an average gradient of 6.5%. From the southeast, the climb starts in Bossost and is 8.6 km (5.3 miles) in length with an average gradient of 6.8%. The Col du Portillon was first used in the Tour de France in 1957 and has been climbed 19 times. This area of France is renowned for thermal springs and spas and also its mineral water.
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