Cycling Trip – Pyrenean Mythic Cols

6 riding days, 7 nights - 850€ 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, Aspin, etc.). Among the cols that will be climbed during this trip, 5 (7 with options) are part of the 2018 Tour de France.

Be taken away by the charm of the Grands Site de Midi Pyrenees, climbing the Col des Tentes at the doorstep of the Cirque de Gavarnie registered at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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

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: 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.

Day 2: Luz-Saint-Sauveur – Gavarnie – Col des Tentes – Luz Ardiden
→ 87km – 2785m D+

After leaving Luz-Saint-Sauveur, then contemplated the impressive work of Napoleon Bridge built between 1859 and 1863, direction the charming little village of Gavarnie and its spectacular Cirque, registered at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There will still be 11km of climb before reaching the Col des Tentes (2208m), the highest road of this stay with its breathtaking view of the Hautes Pyrénées National Park. U-turn to Luz-Saint-Sauveur to follow by the climb of Luz Ardiden, winter sports resort, theater of many arrivals from the Tour de France. Go back down to Luz-Saint-Sauveur.

Day 3: Free day OR Lourdes – Argelès-Gazost – Hautacam – Juncalas – Col de Lingous – Lourdes
→ 77km – 1770m D+

For this 3rd day, you will have the choice between just chilling and visiting Lourdes OR, for the most motivated ones who can no longer part with their bike, to go to climb of 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. In the afternoon, we will drive you to Argelès-Gazost to enjoy a relaxing time at the thermal baths of the Jardin des Bains.

Day 4: 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 5: Payolle – Hourquette d’Ancizan – Saint-Lary-Soulan – Cap de Long – Arreau – Col d’Aspin – Payolle
→ 102km – 3050m D+

Probably the hardest stage of the trip, with over 3000m ascent, but also one of the most beautiful, starting with the Hourquette d’Ancizan and its small bucolic road. Back down towards to Saint-Lary-Soulan, then climb to the Lac de Cap-de-Long beside the nature reserve of Néouvielle (22km, 1340m ascent). Nature lovers will admire this mountain landscape with extremely rich flora and fauna that make it a true bioclimatic originality. Then down to Saint-Lary-Soulan, then Arreau to start in the last difficulty of the day, the Col d’Aspin: 12km, 780m ascent.

Day 6: Capvern – Port de Balès – Col de Peyresourde – Arreau – Capvern (option Col de Val Louron – Azet)
→ 125km – 2496m D+

After a departure from Capvern, a small detour is needed in Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges, majestic Roman city rich of more than 2000 years of history. Get back on the bike with the ascent of the Port de Balès, border pass between the Hautes-Pyrénées and Haute-Garonne. Back down towards Bagnères-de-Luchon, then climb the Col de Peyresourde, the last difficulty of this trip, (unless … the bravest can continue with the Col de Val Louron-Azet).
Then descend to the Aure valley via Arreau, and return to Capvern end point of your trip.

Cost

Includes

  • 7 nights in 4* hotel (2 to 4-person room), breakfast included. Bike friendly hotel (secured bike garage, repair workshop, washing station, etc.)
  • 5 dinners: healthy meals or traditional Pyrenees meals available (2 dinners free)
  • Support vehicle with staff
  • Food provisions (snack, energy bars, energy drinks, etc.)
  • Pyrenean Cycling Jersey + water bottle
  • 1 ticket to spa center (baths, sauna, hamman, etc.)
  • 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: €190
  • Additional overnight stay: price upon request⦁ Cancellation insurance: €35
  • Travel assistance insurance (coverage for medical emergencies, evacuation, repatriation; accident): €25
  • GPS: price upon request
  • Bike rental: €285 (Colnago Shimano Ultegra) / €220 (Colnago Shimano 105)
  • Instruction by accompanying state certified guide on bike: price upon request
  • Postural optimization, massage, etc.: price upon request

Dates

Saturday 9th June to Saturday 16th June 2018

Friday 29th June to Friday 6th July 2018

Friday 27th July to Friday 3rd August 2018

Saturday 11th August to Saturday 18th August 2018

Friday 24th August to Friday 31th August 2018

Friday 21th September to Friday 28th September 2018

Saturday 22th September to Saturday 29th September 2018

All our holidays are guaranteed from a minimum of 4 people.

Customizable date or privatization of the trip

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

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: 100km/day
Maximum distance: 125km/day
Avergage positive climb: 2350m/day
Maximum positive climb: 3050m

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”, on another 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.

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