Premier Climbs of the Pyrenees

For this seven-day cycling tour through the Pyrenees, the premier climbs of the region such as the Aubisque, Hautacam or the Tourmalet, made legendary by the Tour de France, have been selected for you.

Your Pyrenean cycling adventure will be fully guided and accompanied by a support car.

Sleep well in the comfort of bicycle-friendly, three-star hotels, and dine on high-quality regional products that serve as main ingredients in a variety of local specialties that make up the area’s rich food culture.

 

Upcoming Tours:

10th – 17th June 2018

12th – 19th July 2018

 

Itinerary Overview

Day 1

Arrival in Bagnéres-de-Bigorre.  Introduction to the Bike Basque staff, go over the schedule, route, safety as you traverse the Pyrenees, and respond to any questions left unanswered.  Gift bags that include a Bike Basque cycling jersey, water bottles and road book will be distributed to each guest, and for those who have chosen to rent a bike from Bike Basque, we will assist in setting it up to your specs.

 

Hotel : Carré Py***

Day 2

Bagnères de Bigorre – Argelez-Gazost – 94 km

Welcome to your first hard day. Its begins immediately with a legend as you will be cycling the Col du Tourmalet from Ste. Marie de Campan. After a beautiful descent into Luz St. Sauveur, you will have the choice of climbing Hautacam or Luz St. Sauveur, or both!

Difficulties :

-Col du Tourmalet (17.2 km at 7.2 %)

-Hautacam (12.8 km at 8 %) (or Luz Ardiden)

Hotel : Les Rochers***

Day 3

Argeles-Gazost – Argeles-Gazost – 113 km

Today we start climbing right away as we confront the fantastic Col d’Aubisque. The ascent technically starts at the city of Laruns with a long, fairly flat section of road, but the real work begins a few kilometres later after passing through Eaux-Bonnes.  Open your eyes wide as you will be treated to some of the most spectacular views in the Pyrenees. After a brief descent, you will hit another climb, but this one is pretty short and quick, leading you to the Col du Soulor.

Difficulties :

-Col d’Aubisque (16.8 km at 6.9 %)

-Soulor (1.8 km at 5.3 %)

Hotel : Les Rochers***

Day 4

Argeles Gazost – Arreau – 87 km

Both sides of the Col du Tourmalet are legendary, and that is precisely why we have chosen to make you climb it both ways during your week of cycling in the Pyrenees.  Often described by the majority of cyclists as being the most majestic, now is your chance to decide yourself. The day ends in a peaceful, breathtakingly green and undisturbed natural setting as we ascend the Hourquette.

Difficulties :

-Col du Tourmalet (17.4 km at 7.8 %)

-Col de la Hourquette (8.4 km at 5 %)

Hotel : Angleterre***

Day 5

Arreau – Arreau – 109 km

Today’s ride in the Pyrenees is split in two parts, starting with an initial section defined by a long stretch of quiet roads. The second is made up of a pair of difficult challenges that are located very close to each other, the Port de Bales, a predominately scenic route on secondary roads, and the Peyresourde, another legendary climb made famous by the Tour de France.

Difficulties :

-Port de Bales (19.3 km at 6.1 %)

-Peyresourdes (9.6 km at 7.4 %)

Hotel :  Angleterre***

Day 6

Arreau – Bagnéres de Bigorre – 86 km

On this last day of your Pyrenean cycling tour, you will be climbing the Col de Portet which will take us to the highest altitude of your entire Pyrenean cycling tour, 2,215 meters!  Next up is the magnificent Col d’Aspin, the last challenge of the week.

Difficulties :

-Col de Portet (16 km at 8 %)

-Col d’Aspin (11.5 km at 6.7 %)

Hotel : Carré Py***

What is included?

-7 days/6 nights accomodation in quality  3 star hotels

-Full-board (7 breakfasts, lunches “en route” and dinners)

– Professional guides that know the routes (ratio of 1 guide for 4 guests)

-1 support car

-Transportation of your personal belongings throughout the 7 days

-Snack and drink during your cycling tour in the Pyrenees

-A Bike Basque package with jersey, bottles, road-book etc.

-9 climbs in the Pyrenees

-11 000 m elevation gain

-480 km of cycling

What is not?

-Flights

-Bike rental (+220€/pers.) contact us for size and avaibility

-Personal insurance (a proof of your travel insurance will be required)

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