Port de Balès

Elevation profile Port de Balès
Elevation profile Port de Balès
Elevation profile Port de Balès
922
difficulty points
6.2%
avg. gradient
13.4%
steepest 100 meters
19.3km
length
1186m
total ascent

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Port de Balès is a climb in the region Occitania. It is 19.3km long and bridges 1186 vertical meters with an average gradient of 6.2%, resulting in a difficulty score of 922. The top of the ascent is located at 1758 meters above sea level. Climbfinder users shared 4 reviews/stories of this climb and uploaded 9 photos.

Road name: D925

This is an automatic translation, the original language is: Dutch.
Not a particularly tough climb, but so damn irregular. The first 7 kilometers are good to warm up, then it gets steeper on average, but fluctuates between 3% and 10% the whole time. For me, it was the 3rd col of the day, and I didn't really like climbing like that anymore. The last 3-4 k... read more
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Port de Balès from Mauléon Barousse
This climb
Occitania
837 climbs
French Pyrenees
413 climbs
Pyrenees
677 climbs
France
6171 climbs
Europe
26264 climbs
Difficulty points
922
HC
rank
18
rank
34
rank
40
rank
134
43% easier than
Col du Galibier
rank
820
Average gradient
6.2%
rank
280
rank
190
rank
287
73% less steep than
Passatge Vall d'Incles
rank
1820
rank
8006
79% less steep than
Calçada do Rêgo Lameiro
Length
19.3km
rank
40
45% shorter than
Mont Aigoual from Le Vigan
rank
33
rank
61
rank
181
59% shorter than
Col de l'Iseran
rank
805
Total ascent
1186m
rank
24
rank
27
rank
34
rank
123
43% less ascent than
Col du Galibier
rank
572

Classification

Famous climb
Beautiful scenery
Hidden gem
9 hairpin turns

Road surface condition

75% 25% 0%
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Traffic

100% 0% 0%
Based on 6 votes
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Climbing times

7 km/h 02:45:07
11 km/h 01:45:04
15 km/h 01:17:03
19 km/h 01:00:50

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Reviews/stories (4)

BianchiPeter
1 y
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Not a particularly tough climb, but so damn irregular. The first 7 kilometers are good to warm up, then it gets steeper on average, but fluctuates between 3% and 10% the whole time. For me, it was the 3rd col of the day, and I didn't really like climbing like that anymore. The last 3-4 km, you get above the trees, and it becomes more regular, and you can enjoy the view.

Geen bijzonder zware klim, maar zo verdomd onregelmatig. De eerste 7 kilometers zijn goed om warm te draaien, daarna wordt het gemiddeld steiler, maar schommelt het de hele tijd tussen 3% en 10%. Voor mij was het de 3de col van de dag, en dan vond ik het niet echt fijn meer om zo te klimmen. De laatste 3-4 km kom je boven de bomen, en wordt het wat regelmatiger, en kun je wat van het uitzicht genieten.

Jozef-Kempen
1 y
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A beautiful climb in nature. Very quiet and you see almost no cars, although some tourists come walking on top of the col.

Een mooi beklimming in de natuur. Erg rustig en je ziet er bijna geen enkele auto, alhoewel er toch wat toeristen komen wandelen bovenop de col.

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Jan
6 y
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Great turtleneck. I think it's one of the most beautiful. Nice and long and a bit heavier. With beautiful views, cows on the road (not always nice). And certainly from this side a real challenge. I have done it three times now, but it is sometimes difficult to find the entrance of the col.

Geweldige col. Ik vind het één van de mooiste. Lekker lang en steeds wat zwaarder. Met mooie vergezichten, koeien op de weg (niet altijd leuk overigens). En zeker van deze kant een echte uitdaging. Heb hem nu drie keer gedaan, maar het is soms wel even zoeken naar de toegang van de col.

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Jasper
6 y
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This was my first Hors Categorie, an outer category, and it has that status for a reason. I also encountered all those walls. Next km at 8% often means first a fairly flat piece and then make up the meters with +10%. This is also the case in the 10 and 11% average km's. At one point I could feel my rear wheel spinning from the saddle because of the steepness of the slope. Along the way you encounter cows and goats. I passed a lot of cattle and others who were totally parked. Around 1.580m there is a turning point. I also thought I would never make it, but the road makes a slight turn to the right, along a striking rocky outcrop to the part above the tree line. There you can recover for the last 2,5 km. At the top the view, weather permitting, is fantastic! Oh yes, watch out in the descent to Bagnères. It is nothing more than an asphalted goat path and I almost fell down because of a crossing herd.

Dit was mijn eerste Hors Categorie, buitencategorie dus en die status heeft ie niet voor niets. Al die muren ben ik ook tegen gekomen. Volgende km à 8% betekent dus vaak eerst een vrij plat stuk en dan de meters weer goedmaken met +10%. Ook in de km's van 10 en 11% gemiddeld is dat het geval. Op een gegeven moment voelde ik uit het zadel mijn achterwiel zelfs doorspinnen door de steile helling. Onderweg kom je koeien en geiten tegen. Ik ben heel wat afstappers voorbij gereden en anderen die totaal geparkeerd stonden. Rond de 1.580m ong. zit een omslagpunt. Ik dacht het ook ff niet meer te redden, maar de weg maakt een lichte bocht naar rechts, langs een opvallende rotspartij zo het gedeelte op boven de boomgrens. Daar kan je dan weer herstellen voor de laatste 2,5 km. Boven is het uitzicht, bij mooi weer, fantastisch! Oh ja pas op in de afdaling naar Bagnères. Het is niet meer dan een geasfalteerd geitenpad en ik kwam bijna ten val door een overstekende kudde.

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