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L'Ariégeoise, cyclosportive race

Competitive sport, Cycle sports, Cycling in Tarascon-sur-Ariège
  • L'Ariégeoise, an event comprising three cyclosportive courses and a rando-sport course, takes place on the beautiful roads of the Pyrenees.

  • In 2024, the Ariégeoise Cyclosportive decided to tackle an unprecedented climb: the Plateau de Bonascre!
    The Plateau de Bonascre (1373 m), known to the thousands of skiers who frequent the Ax-3Domaines ski resort every winter, was first highlighted in cycling sport by the arrival of the Tour de France in 2001. But it wasn't until 2003 that the Tour's organizers decided to precede its arrival at the summit with the Port de Pailhères, at an altitude of 2001 m, which was crossed for the very...
    In 2024, the Ariégeoise Cyclosportive decided to tackle an unprecedented climb: the Plateau de Bonascre!
    The Plateau de Bonascre (1373 m), known to the thousands of skiers who frequent the Ax-3Domaines ski resort every winter, was first highlighted in cycling sport by the arrival of the Tour de France in 2001. But it wasn't until 2003 that the Tour's organizers decided to precede its arrival at the summit with the Port de Pailhères, at an altitude of 2001 m, which was crossed for the very first time by a major Tour...

    It's this final version of the stage finish that will be "served to you on a platter" during the next edition of the Ariégeoise... A play on words that's easy to write, but oh so hard to do on a bike! Just imagine: you'll have to ride the 15.3 km Port de Pailhères at an average gradient of 7.9%, before heading down to Ax-Les-Thermes and tackling the 8.2 km Plateau de Bonascre climb at an average gradient of 8.2%!

    To sum up: in the last 50 km of this Ariegeoise, half will be devoted to climbing at an average gradient of over 8%, for 1900 m of positive vertical drop: a real work in progress, given that there isn't a single drop of flat!

    Turning now to the start of the 2024 route, the warm-up is short-lived! At Km 14, we get down to the nitty-gritty: the Col de la Lauze, Col de Montségur and Col de la Croix des morts follow one after the other, to start wearing down the bodies and make a first selection... Crossing the Plateau de Sault and descending into the Gorges de l'Aude to take a breather, before tackling the infernal duo represented by the Port de Pailhères and Plateau de Bonascre.

    Hang in there, folks... We'll be there, as we are every year, to encourage you and help you get through the ordeal!
  • Spoken languages
    • French
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  • On June 29, 2024
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