The Giant of the Tourmalet

The Giant of the Tourmalet
Col du Tourmalet Octave Lapize

Placing the Giant (Octave Lapize) back on the Col following his winter on the Plains

Created in 1999, the Tourmalet Giant is a homage to the winner of the first stage of the Tour de France in the Pyrenees, Octave Lapize. In the Winter the sculpture shelters from the snow in the Laurent Fignon centre in Gerde. On the first Saturday in the month of June, he climbs back to the Col to pass the Summer. This springtime event is what we call the “Montee du Geant du Tourmalet”. It is not only a challenging sporting trial for cyclists, who follow his route, but also a festive get-together for the public.

24kms at an average of 8 percent to the Tourmalet

Climbing the 24km to the Col du Tourmalet from the Bareges side

Col du Tourmalet, Montee du Giant

Arriving at the Col du Tourmalet from the Bareges side.

For us, it really does mark the start of our Summer season smile emoticon

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