Col de Montsegur from Belesta

Not the biggest or hardest climb in the area but definitely worth a visit. A gentle rise from the town of Belesta following the river until you hit the very base of the climb at Fougax-et-Barrineuf. From here the average gradient is just 2-3% for 5kms. The road then hugs the mountain edge and starts to ramp up gradually. You pass through a series of switchbacks and a long drag before there is a slight reprieve as the road seems to flatten and you can get your breath to tackle the hardest and last 3km of the climb towards the summit. At the top you are greeted with the site of the old ruins of the Chateau de Montsegur.