Alpine Cadence : Supported rides for cyclists in the Alps

TransPyrenees -  Girona (Costa Brava) to Argelès Gazost/Lourdes

June 28 – July 8  2023


This tour will take riders on the ultimate traverse of the Pyrenees. Starting in the superb city of Girona we'll first enjoy the best of the local riding including the spectacular Costa Brava. Then we'll head west on an incredible journey through Spain and France, culminating in the ascents of the classics like Tourmalet and Aubisque. 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 Barcelona (or Girona) Airports on Thurday June 23rd. Departures will be from Toulouse airport on Sunday July 3rd. 

The schedule

Wednesday June 28   
Arrival to Barcelona Airport (or Girona) and transfer to hotel in Girona (travel time approx 1 hour 15 mins)(20 minutes for Girona Airport)

Thursday June 29

Girona - Girona  120kms and 1500m climbing
This ride will showcase the best coastal riding near Girona. The magnificent stretch from Tossa de Mar to St Feliu de Guixols will be the highlight of our day

Friday July 30

Girona - Olot     125kms and 2500m climbing
We head west into the foothills of the Pyrenees. Lots of flexibility as to our route choice with the climbs of Rocacorba and Mare de Deu del Mont on the agenda.

Saturday July 1

Olot - Puigcerdà  110kms and 2400m climbing
The spectacular Col de la Creueta will be the today's highlight offering panoramic views of the Pyrenees as we enter the Cerdanya area.

Sunday July 2

Puigcerdà - Tarascon 130km and 2200m climbing.
We head into France to tackle the wild and spectacular Col de Pailhères. One of the highest passes in the Pyrenees at nearly 2000m and one of the most remote and beautiful too. We'll follow it with a long descent to Tarascon sur Ariege

Monday July 3

Tarascon - Bagnères de Luchon 135kms and 2500m climbing.
We head a long way westwards taking in the Col de Port, Col de Portet d'Aspet and Col de Menté 

Tuesday July 4

Bagnères de Luchon - Bagnères de Luchon 
2 nights in Luchon mean lots of flexibility on ride length today. A chance for a shorter day for those looking an easier day but with the climbs of Port de Bales, Superbagnères and Col du Portillon on our doorstep there's plenty to fill a big ride if needed.

Wednesday July 5

Bagnères de Luchon - Argelès Gazost 100kms and 2000m climbing.
Col de Peyresourde will be followed by a choice of Col d'Aspin or the parallel Hourquette d'Ancizan. On arrival in Argelès Gazost there will be the option to complete the day with the tough ascent of the Hautacam.

Thursday July 6

Argelès Gazost - Argelès Gazost
Today we'll scale the Col du Toumalet from it"s classic and most spectacular side. The afternoon will be filled with the challenging options of the climb of Luz Ardiden and the Cirque de Gavarnie.

Friday July 7

Argelès Gazost - Argelès Gazost
The final day of our huge journey will take in the superb and perhaps most spectaular Pyrenean climb the Col d'Aubisque. Add the Col du Soulor and the pretty Col de Couraduque and we'll have the perfect way to finish our tour.

Saturday July 8
Transfers to Toulouse Airport   

Trip price £2095

What’s included?

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

What’s not included?

  • Lunches
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Evening meals on 2 nights in Girona

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.

Arrive early and enjoy Girona!

Although June 29th is our official arrival day for this trip, riders can arrive on any day from Monday June 26th onwards to make the most of the riding in the Girona area. Girona is a fantastic ride base and there is huge potential to ride several varied circuits in the area in the days leading up to the main trip starting. We'll be there to ride and support you for those days, please contact us to discuss when you'd like to arrive.

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

Flights arriving into Barcelona Airport on Thursday June 29th should ideally arrive before 14.00. Flights into Girona Airport can arrive at any time. Departures from Toulouse Airport on July 9th should be at 12.00 midday or later. Please contact us before booking any flights to ensure that our airport pickups and dropoffs will be convenient for you.


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