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11 Route MTB

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Vielha | Pista Salient | Bòrda de Rei | Vilac | Beusa |Vielha

Technical data

Diffficulty: Difficult

Distance: 14 km

Time: 2h

Elevation: +450

Summer and Autumn

Asphalt: 37%, Earth 34%, Path 29%

Description

This is probably one of the most recommended routes out of Vielha, and requires a certain level of fitness.

Leave Vielha along the Santa Gemma trail, which climbs with the odd strenuous slope up to the Salient track. Take a right onto the dirt track. At km 4.8, turn off from the main track, which up to here coincides with Route 12, and take the track to the left that leads towards the River Salient. Just before reaching the river, turn 180 degrees and continue downhill until a wooden bridge that takes you across the Salient. Climbing about 300 m, turn back onto the track that levels out until Mont, where you’ll again find the signposts for Route 12. The descent to Vilac and the bridge over the River Garonne is fast and you have to go on-road for the last stretch. At the roundabout, take the towpath along the river towards France until crossing the River Garonne. Just after the bridge is the trail that gently rises up to Gausac and ultimately Vielha.

Take care crossing the N-230 road, as it is quite busy.

A new path was recently marked out for cyclists to cross the Salient over a new bridge, which adds a further 70 m or so of height difference to the itinerary.