Tough ascents - Thrilling Descents
Cols du Vallespir
Golf de Falgos (1076m)
Col d'Ares (1513m)
Les Fourquets (1600m)
Col de l'Ouillat (936m)
From Corsavy head towards Montfere then descend a winding descent to Le tech. On reaching the main road turn right, then its up all the way to Prats de Mollo with only a brief respite passing over the bridges. Pass through the centre of Prats then take the left at the roundabout signposted 13km Col d'Ares. On reaching the
.summit return by the same route to le Tech. Continue all the way down the valley to Arles sur Tech where you take the left turn signposted Corsavy. Here is the sting in the tail 7km of up to 12% back to the village . 80km / 50 miles
Head out past Chez Fransoire climbing past the playgroung and the swimming pool. Turn left at the kunction and then right on meeting the D43 past camping Corstavi. The simply follow this road, easy at first through Leca then more steeply past the cassetta cheese farm. You will soon have wonderful views as the road winds ever uowards past the old mine workings to the upper hairpins which you will find fantastic on descent.
Amilie les bains, St Jean Plas de cort . Vives Llarau - return via Oms and la Villa or take in a longer loop of Forques Casltlenou returning through Thuir. Beautiful quiet roads less steepthan high in the mountains but still with plenty of ups and downs. Once leaving the main valley you will wind up through Vives past the cork trees to llarua - here you make the decision long or short route. If you pick the longer route Castlenou is well worth a visit . 70+ miles dependant on the variations you choose
Coustouges - Col de Falgos.
From Corsavy follow the D44 towards Montfere . Before reaching Montfere take the D54 down to the valley where you join the D115 . Turn right here then shortly left on the D3 . Climb steadily to Saint-CLaurent-De-Cerdines passing through this village continue upwards to Coustouges. You will soon pass over the border to Spain. Head down the valley on the hardly used road until you reach Vajul where you should turn left returning to France over the steep col de Figeur Gl-505. (partly unmade road) . Head down towards Ceret then return up the valley to Arles sur Tech following the cyclotourist signs. Climb back to Corsavy to finish off the day - 60 miles