Cycling Trip – Pyrenean Mythic Cols

2,5 riding days, 3 nights - 330€ per person

 

Discover one of the most beautiful cycling destinations in the world and traverse a handful of the Pyrenees’ legendary cols which characterized the Tour de France (Tourmalet, Aubisque, Hautcam, etc.).

In our opinion, this trip is the best way to discover the Pyrenees on road bike and guarantees an unforgettable experience filled with adventure!

Our goal is to provide you the best adapted service and all the logistics so that you can take a maximum of pleasure while thinking about nothing, except to ride your bike and enjoy the majestic landscapes!

riding days

Price per person (€)

Average distance km/day

Avergage positive climb m/day

Dates & Details

 

From June to October

Customizable date or privatization of the trip

For groups of 4 people minimum (clubs, works councils, …), we can offer a trip “à la carte”, choose the perfect date or even a privatization of the trip, contact us for more information.

Less than 4 people, contact us, we will try to find a solution for you.

Independant trip: You just want to discover the Pyrenees by yourself and benefit from an infrastructure adapted to your stay and some advice, do not hesitate to contact us, we can make you benefit from good plans and preferential rates.

Regular cyclist.

Average distance: 95km/day
Maximum distance: 110km/day
Avergage positive climb: 1950m/day
Maximum positive climb: 2100m

Hôtel Alba (4 star Hotel) at the edge of the Gave de Pau, situated in a particularly welcoming setting nearby the bike departure zone and just a couple meters from Bike & Py. The hotel has a modern and bike-friendly infrastructure: secured bike garage, repair workshop, washing station, dry-cleaning service, appropriate meals, etc. What’s more, the hotel staff is eager, warm and very familiar with the needs of a cyclist.

We offer some supplements, but it is possible to include other services (access thermoludic center, tasting of local products, park access animal park of the Pyrenees, …), do not hesitate to contact us.
We can also plan a trip for accompanying persons who do not ride. For groups of 4 people minimum (clubs, works councils, …), we can offer a trip “à la carte”, choose the perfect date or even a privatization of the trip.

In short, we know how to adapt to your desires, and to be honest, it is what we prefer, so do not hesitate to contact us, we will make you a proposal in the shortest possible time.

Cost

 

Includes

  • 3 nights in 4* hotel (2 to 4-person room), breakfast included. Bike friendly hotel (secured bike garage, repair workshop, washing station, etc.)
  • 2 dinners: healthy meals or traditional Pyrenees meals available (1 dinner free)
  • Support vehicle with staff
  • Food provisions (snack, energy bars, energy drinks, etc.)
  • Pyrenean water bottle
  • Topographic guide including maps and GPS files
  • Welcoming drink the first night at Bike & Py
  • The morning coffee before the ride at Bike & Py
  • The after-ride beer at Bike & Py
  • Our workshop at your service in case of technical problem
  • Transfer from Lourdes airport or train station (2 shuttle/day)
  • RCP travel insurance

Does not include

  • Transport to hotel (except transfer from Lourdes airport or train station)
  • Drinks and other personal expenses
  • Tourist tax (€1.90 daily per person)

Extra-cost options

  • Transfers from airport (Pau, Toulouse, Biarritz, …): price upon request
  • Single-room supplement: €120
  • Additional overnight stay: price upon request
  • Cancellation insurance: €15
  • Travel assistance insurance (coverage for medical emergencies, evacuation, repatriation; accident): €10
  • GPS: price upon request
  • Bike rental: €170 (Colnago Shimano Ultegra) / €130 (Colnago Shimano 105)
  • Instruction by accompanying state certified guide on bike: price upon request
  • Postural optimization, massage, etc.: price upon request

Program

 

Day 0

Arrival, installation in the hotel rooms. Transfer included from Lourdes airport or train station. For Pau, Toulouse, Biarritz airports, consult us in advance.
End of the day: welcome drink at Bike & Py.

Day 1 (afternoon): Lourdes – Argelès-Gazost – Hautacam – Juncalas – Col de Lingous – Lourdes
→ 77km – 1770m D+

For this 1st half day, you will climb the famous Hautacam. Its irregularity, its many breaks of slope and its 3km with more than 10%, make it a climb feared by many professional cyclists and often judged as more difficult than the Tourmalet. To finish this day trip, go up in the Vallée de Castelloubon to the Col de Lingous and then return to Lourdes. A good introduction.

Day 2: Lourdes – Campan – Tourmalet – Barèges – Lourdes
→ 100km – 2100m D+

The myth…
Departure from Lourdes, a little warm-up with the Loucrup climb (2 km at 7%) to then descend on Bagnères-de-Bigorre. Crossing Campan and Sainte-Marie-de-Campan where Eugene Christophe repaired his fork in a forge after breaking it in the descent of the Tourmalet in 1913! The road then slowly begins to increase over the first 5 kilometers to the hamlet of Gripp. It is from this moment that the legend takes its full extent, and it is not difficult to understand why the Tourmalet is simply the col that was most often climbed by the Tour de France… After a 17km climb (7.3% average) (1255m ascent), down to Luz-Saint-Sauveur, then quietly return to Lourdes

Day 3: Lourdes – Col du Soulor – Aubisque – Laruns – Lourdes (option Col des Bordères)
→ 110km – 1950m D+

From Lourdes, direction Argelès-Gazost, then the small village of Saint Savin implanted like a promontory above the Vallée des Gaves. After crossing part of the Val d’Azun valley, the real climb begins at Arrens-Marsous for 17km and 1150m ascent. A small descent of 2km will allow you to turn your legs a bit before attacking the last 8 km. You are finally at the top of the Col de l’Aubisque, legend of the Tour de France with no less than 47 climbs. Back then to Lourdes down on Laruns and Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre.

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