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ASPE VALLEY S

Distance: 72km   Unevenness: 1860m

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One moderated day through the foothills to the north of the central Pyrenean axis.

Tres fotos fijas

Moving from Arette to Aspe Valley is to see how the smoothed pastoral landscape of the “Pais Basque” fades, and how another similar one comes but in wild version. Here it "smells" already to Pyrenees Central.

Saying Aspe Valley is for us something similar to saying Shangri-La.
And despite the cross-border highway that runs through the valley and the recent works for the start-up of the old railway between Oloron and Bedous. At the end, our territories are the slopes. The Valley bottom on these routes is a mere formality to begin another ascent.

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Itinerarie: Arette D341 - Lie - Lourdios - D441 - Bouezou D442 - Osse-en-Aspe D237 - N134 - D238 - Escot D294 - Marie-Blanque - Escot D238 - N134 - D918 - Arette

Route on Wikiloc map

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Multimedia and/or description of the route

Paisaje estándar en el Valle de Aspe. Alrededores de Lourdios-Ichere.

Suaves llaneos en altura entre las cotas de Bouesou y Houtarade

Espectacular descenso hacia Bedous

Curiosidad geológica en el horizonte, entre las nubes encima de Accous se esconde el Col d´Iseye donde la placa tectónica ibérica se hunde bajo la placa euroasiática.

Lées Athas, una de las poblaciones que encontraremos en la parte baja del valle.

Criteria of graduation of the routes

We are where we are, in the Atlantic Pyrenees, with a plain to the North with localities at very low altitude and ports that are close to the 2000m range.
The southern slope is more "human", towns are in a higher altitude and the slopes are not so important.
The vast majority of the routes cover the ports of the "greats": Issarbe, La Piedra de St Martin, Laberouat, Bagargi, Artaburu, Arnostegi, Ahuski, Larrau...with slopes ranging between 1000 and 1700 meters. Some routes ascent one of these ports, others 2 or 3 and even more.
We anticipated this so the criteria are clear for each 6 levels that we have chosen for the ranking of the routes.

  1. Walks or family routes: Routes with light slopes and little travel. Suitable for untrained family groups or for people who usually don't use the bike.
  2. Easy: Routes with a slope that can reach 1000 meters but facing none of the large ports.
    The distance will range between 40 and 60 kilometers.
  3. Moderate: Routes with one of the "great" ports or a combination of similar difficulty. The slopes can be really important and slopes can range between 1000 and 2000 meters.
    An example of "moderate" is the Artzaiak S stage through Bagargi. The port is tough, but it is the only major difficulty of the day, i.e. we have the whole day for this task, that’s why we left it in "moderate"..
    The distance will vary between 60 and 100 kilometers.
  4. Hard: Routes with a slope ranging around 2500 meters. There may have to ascend 2 ports of the "greats" or one and several of the "minor".
    The distance will vary between 90 and 130 kilometers. An example of how difficult it can be, will be the short route of the well-known Larra-Larrau.
  5. Very hard: Routes ranging from the 2500 and 4000 meters of altitude. Sometimes there may have to ascend the 3 ports of the '' greats ''. The distance will exceed the 100 kilometers and may reach the 200.
    The long route of Larra-Larrau is one of the exponents of how difficult this route is.
  6. Challenge: In these times there is a public that demands "more" yet. To them arises the concept of "challenge": stages of more than a day in "non-stop" mode, 4500-5000 or even more meters of altitude routes, individual or group time trial with 3000 meters of altitude and over 100 kilometers of route.
    Finally, a variety of what riders would usually call "nonsense" which to be more elegant, here we call it, 'Challenges'.
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