Port de la Bonaigua – 2,072m

Route: C28 Vielha to Esterri d’Aneu (26 miles)

Coordinates: 42.663605,0.9814719

Ridden: 2007 & 2011

The C28 links Vielha to the west with Esterri d’Aneu to the east and crosses this pass – Puerto in Spanish, Port in French. The eastern ramp is quite tight and was being extensively resurfaced and widened when we were there in 2007 – presumably to improve access for skiing. However, now completed it is this is a very nice biking road. At the top of the pass there is an old and pleasant hostal – an auberge in French. The western ramp to/from Vielha had a very deformed road surface, possibly due to the volume of heavy vehicles used in the construction of the ski resorts such as Pla Beret, and the volume of heavy traffic taking skiers to and from the resorts. Over all enjoy the scenery, but don’t cross it expecting a sublime biking experience.