North-east of Col du Portillon, above St Béat, is the Col de Menté (1349m; pron: Mon-tay), which I think of as the Col Demented. A plaque near the bottom memorialises the 1971 TdF fall of Luis Ocaña in a /torrent de boue/ (mudslide) while he was leading the race. Riding the 9km from St Béat to the top of this pass on an unladen bike is quite easy despite a short section in excess of 9% but doing it on a heavily-laden touring bike on a hot day feels like madness.

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