Tour des Pyrenees
Tour des Pyrenees 20th-28th August 2017This 7 day tour packs in the very best that the Pyrenees has to offer. Our 800km journey takes in all the famous Tour climbs and many beautiful and lesser known ones too. This trip will include Col du Tourmalet, Col d'Aubisque, Col du Soulor, Col d'Aspin, Port de Balès, Col de Peyresourde, Hautacam and many more.
Sunday August 20
Arrive Toulouse Airport, transfer to hotel in Tarascon, transfer time 1 hour 10 minutes.
Early arrivals will have the chance to ride in the afternoon, there are flat options in the valley near the hotel or the opportunity to take on the climb to the nearby Plateau de Beille
Monday August 21
Tarascon-Tarascon 138kms and 2800m climbing. Straight into the action with a big day. The 'Corniche' road leads us into the Col de Marmare. The Port de Pailheres will be our big challenge of the day taking us up to a very spectacular 2000m.
Tuesday August 22
Tarascon - Massat 100km and 2300m climbing. Col de Port, Col de Latrape and Col d'Agnes will make up a very pretty day in this remote part of the Pyrenees.
Wednesday August 23
Massat - Bagnères de Luchon. 139km and 2800m climbing. Another big day that starts with a long valley section as a prelude to the days climbing. Col de Portet d'Aspet and Col de Menté will warm us up nicely for the biggest climb of the day, the Port de Balès.
Thusday August 24
Bagnères de Luchon-Bagnères de Luchon. 2 nights in Luchon mean lots of flexibility on this day. There will be a chance to ride into Spain on a fantastic circuit including the Col du Portillon. Also up for grabs will be the climb up to spectacular Superbagnères.
Friday August 25
Bagnères de Luchon-Ste Marie de Campan. 88km (108km with Hourquette) and 2500m (3000m with Hourquette) climbing. Col de Peyresourde and Col d'Azet will fill our morning and earn our lunch in St Lary. The afternoon will include the very scenic Col d'Aspin with the option of adding 20kms and 500m climbing to the day with the climb of the Hourquette d'Ancizan.
Saturday August 26
Ste Marie de Campan-Lourdes. 100kms (134kms with Hautacam)) and 2400m (3500m with Hautacam) climbing. The Col du Tourmalet, at 2115m, is the highest pass in the French Pyrenees and will certainly wake us up sharply. We'll follow it with the spectacular hairpin bends of the climb to Luz Ardiden. After lunch we'll head to Argelès Gazost and then Lourdes with the option of the infamous Hautacam climb tempting or scaring us!
Sunday August 27
Lourdes-Lourdes. 128km (142km with Couraduque) and 2750m (3300m with Couraduque) climbing. A fantastic ride to finish the trip. Col du Soulor followed by a scenic circuit to the village of Laruns. From there we'll tackle the full length of the Col d'Aubisque. The Cirque de Litor will take us back over the Soulor and you'll have the option of the climb up to the Col de Couraduque if you still want more!
Monday August 28
Return transfers to Toulouse Airport.
Important flight and transfer information
Aim to book flights arriving in Toulouse on August 20th before 12.00 noon if possible. Fights leaving Toulouse on August 28th need to leave at 12.00 noon or later. There is considerable flexibility with transfers for this trip, Carcassonne pick up and drop off is possible at some times and a train service from Lourdes means the possibility of getting a flight late on the evening of Sunday 27th from Toulouse or Biarritz. Please contact us BEFORE booking any flights to ensure that we can properly accommodate your arrival and departure. Flights outside our recommended 'windows' can usually still be accommodated if we know in advance.
- 6 days of fully supported rides (mechanical assistance, vehicle support, guides)
- 1 day of guided riding (day 4) without vehicle support
- 8 nights accommodation, twin share
- Breakfast and dinner each day
- Transfers to and from Toulouse airport
- Informal evening lectures available from a qualified cycling coach offering training advice in preparation for cycling events
What's not included?
- Travel insurance
The Tour des Pyrenees is a big week of consecutive rides. Each day will consist of between 90-140km and an average of 2600m of climbing. This trip is a step up in challenge from our Alpine Workshops and Tour du Mont Blanc. Riders who have joined us for our Tour des Alpes trip will find this trip a similar level of challenge. Usually, but not always, riders on this trip will have ridden long alpine or Pyrenean climbs before. As always, drop us a line to discuss if this trip is going to suit you.
Who is this trip aimed at?
Riders on this trip would need to be capable of climbing at a rate of at least 750 metres/hour for sustained periods
Please contact us to find out more and to make a booking