Alpine Cadence : Supported rides for cyclists in the Alps

TransPyrenees - Argelès Gazost to Costa Brava
June 5th-14th  2021


This tour will take riders on the ultimate traverse of the Pyrenees. Starting in Argelès Gazost, deep in the western French Pyrenees we'll head east on an incredible 8 days of riding culminating with beautiful coastal riding along the Mediterranean. This ride will include all the classic cols of the Pyrenees that you'd expect.....but many more. We'll spread our ride time between the French and Spanish sides of this stunning range and we'll even find time to dip into Andorra to scale the highest road pass in the Pyrenees, Port d'Envalira at 2407m.

This trip is carefully designed to work for a variety of road cycling levels. Flexible route choices on most days will ensure an achievable trip for all and a very challenging trip for stronger riders

Arrivals for this trip will be into Toulouse Airport on Saturday June 5th. Departures will be from Barcelona (or Girona) airports on Monday June 14th.(option to depart on late evening flights on Sunday June 13th).

The schedule

Saturday June 5     
Arrival to Toulouse Airport and transfer to hotel in Argelès Gazost (travel time approx 2 hours)

Sunday June 6
Argelès Gazost - Argelès Gazost
The spectacular Col d'Aubisque and Col du Soulor will be our key challenges today with the optional climbs of the Col de Spandelles and Hautacam available too.
75km and 1500m climbing  (125km and 3200m with Spandelles/Hautacam)

Monday June 7
Argelès Gazost - St Lary Soulan
The classic ascent of the Col du Tourmalet will provide a busy morning followed by the pretty climb of the Col d'Aspin. Hourquette d'Ancizan and the Col de Portet lie in wait for those looking for more!
90km and 2350m climbing (130km and 3300m)

Tuesday June 8
St Lary Soulan - Bagnères de Luchon
Col d'Azet and the Col de Peyresourde will provide a relatively short ride to our destination with an extra circuit incorporating the Port de Balès to bolster the statistics.
50km and 1350m climbing (110km and 2500m)

Wednesday June 9
Bagnères de Luchon - Bagnères de Luchon
Lots of flexibility today ride long, short or rest up and enjoy the town. Ride options will include the Col de Portillon into Spain and the spectacular climb to Super Bagnères.

Thursday June 10
Bagnères de Luchon - Tarascon
Col de Menté, Col de Portet d'Aspet and Col de Port. A beautiful rural ride that takes us east to the Ariège.
132km and 2300m climbing

Friday June 11
Tarascon - Puigcerda
From Tarascan we'll head up the beautiful Corniche road and on towards Ax Les Thermes. Upwards towards Andorra and over the Col de Puymorens before descending to the characterful Catalan town of Puigcerdà. For those with the legs there will a chance to ride into Andorra for an ascent of the Port d'Envalira, the highest road pass in the Pyrenees.
96km and 2000m climbing (112km and 2500m)

Saturday June 12 
Puigcerda - Besalu
Collada des Toses will provide a long but not too tough climb to warm us up for the day followed by an epic descent into Ripoll. From there we'll make our way to the stunning town of Besalu where the climb of the Mare de Deu del Mont awaits for those with the energy.
120km and 1500m climbing (160km and 2700m)

Sunday June 13
Besalu - Tossa de Mar
Today we'll ride eastwards through Banyoles and on to the sea. Our ride will culminate with a stunning coastal ride from St Feliu de Guixols to Tossa de Mar. A perfect ride to complete our epic journey.
112km and 1500m climbing.

Monday June 14
Transfers to Barcelona or Girona airports   (option to transfer for late flights on June 13 too)

Trip price £1695

What’s included?

  • 8 days of guided rides, 7 of which with vehicle support
  • 9 nights of accommodation, twin share, in a combination of gites and 2/3 star hotels.
  • Breakfast and dinner included on all days
  • Transfers from Toulouse Airport and to Barcelona or Girona Airport
  • Energy drink powder, bananas, pastries available at all times on the rides
  • Alpine Cadence bidon with complimentary pack of bars and gels

What’s not included?

  • Lunches
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance

Who will enjoy this trip?

This trip is long and challenging but offers great flexibility in each day in it’s route choice. As a result of this flexibility this trip will be a great experience to a range of rider levels. Riders will ride between 650km and 950km on this journey depending on the daily options chosen and the total amount of climbing will be between 13000m and 20000m. The main prerequisite for the trip is being prepared and happy to ride 5-6 hours each day. We would anticipate most riders on this trip having already ridden in high mountains before, but not always. As is always the case please contact us to find out more as to whether this trip will be suited to you.

VAM rating

We use VAM as one way of determining a rider's level and therefore their suitability for a given tour. Riders on this trip should be capable of climbing at a rate of around 700 metres/hour on a long climb. This certainly does not mean that riders have to ride at this level for the duration of the trip but it's an accurate measure of a rider's ability when they are riding at their maximum effort and therefore helps us in knowing what level of rider you are. Find out more about VAM in our Frequently Asked Questions

Travel information

Arrivals into Toulouse Airport should ideally be lunchtime/early afternoon on June 5th. For long haul travellers staying the previous night in Toulouse hotels we can easily pick you up from your hotel. Departures on June 14th from Barcelona or Girona should be at midday or later. Transfers can also be arranged for riders needing to fly out late on the night of June 13th. Please contact us with your flight plans before booking anything. There is often flexibility to help even when your flights fall outside of our recommended times. Just drop us a line and we'll make it work!


Please contact us to find out more and to make a booking