Absolutely stunning piece of road - one of the best I've ridden anywhere in Europe. Classis mountain twisties, smooth tarmac, no traffic. It's hard to pick out one stretch of the N260/N152 route across the pyrenees as being the'best', but this is probably my favourite of the lot. You can really open up a big sports bike along here, but make sure your brakes are up to the job - they'll take a real hammering on the downhills.
La Seu d'Urgell - Sort section
An unbelievably good road across the pyrenees which runs from quite close to the Andorran border down to the town of Sort. There are many fast open corners with great visibility, allowing you to use road width to the full. This is one of if not the best road I ever rode. A must if you are in the area. The only downside is that sometimes some cattle walk into the road, but this is only a problem on a few of the more blind corners travelling up the mountain at the start of the route.
The route starts on the D117 about a quarter of a mile past the roundabout with the D118 you will find the turn to the left next to a nice small restaurant. Follow the D107 along the side of a river (excellent for pic nics) through a variety of small pretty villages to Espezel. here you join the D613 for ax les thermes after Espezel the road opens up in a large valley and you head uphill to the col de Chioula (1431m) where there is a restaurant and a large pic nic site as well as great views over the top of the Pyrenees. You can then descend into ax where there is a good bar and restaurant behind the car park and underneath the Casino
This has got to rate as one of the most scenic spectacular rides in France. You leave the old ruined chateau of Usson on the D118 between Axat and Formigueres and turn toward Ax les Thermes on the D16 you pass through 2 villages (Rouze and Mijanes) before the real climb starts outside mijanes on the D25 is a sign informing you if the col is open or not so take heed. You progress upward past a ski slope and hit a set of twisties that are extreme to say the least if there is cloud on the col go slowly but at the top the views are unsurpassed the col is at 2001metres (over 6,000 feet) one continues toward ax les thermes on the D25 down past another ski slope to Ascou and then Ax itself where there is a good bar and restaurant underneath the casino in the town center where you can also park your bike. This is not a route for thrashers but connoisseurs of incredible scenery and mountains. The roads are not difficult and well surfaced but one easily can loose track of whether one is going up or down until you need the brakes so some parts of the route need respect.
Not as fast as the N260 from Sort to la Seu durgell but 100 times the number of bends and the scenery is far more interesting one minute you have a valley floor 4,000 feet below you , a few minutes later you have some serious hills 5,000 feet above you , Plenty of places to stop for a break as you will need it. But you will need to read the road as few corners have the obligatory speed limit to give some idea how sharp they are. However when you get to the end you need to stop and spend 30 minutes over a drink just to rewind in your mind what you have just experienced. The road would be more than enough for most people but combine it with the scenery and everything else it is mind blowing. I videoed it as i have done many routes but who would be interested in watching 3-4 hours of roads disappearing from one side to the other, I am sure everyone would be seasick before the end. I recommended this route to a couple of friends before actually doing it myself and they both said forget the n260 this is the new road to do.