Col de Mente – 1,349m

Route: D44, D85 & D618 St. Beat to St. Lary (19 miles)

Coordinates: 42.9193507,0.7617243

Ridden: 2007 & 2011

This col sits on the D44 a few miles to the east of St. Beat, and before you get to the Col de Portet d’Aspet on the D618. Not a one to go out of your way for but nevertheless a really nice pass to ride. The traffic is very light and if you like hairpins this is a great road on which to get your knee down. There’s a memorial to Tour de France rider Luis Ocaña on the eastern side of this col marking the place where he crashed out of the 1971 race. He was wearing the leaders yellow jersey at the time and the following day Eddy Merckx, who inherited the jersey, famously refused to wear it in tribute to Ocaña.