Bearn Tour

For this eight-day cycling tour through the Pyrenees, the premier climbs of the region such as the Tourmalet, Aubisque or the Soulor, 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:

12th – 19th July 2019

11th – 18th August 2019

 

 

Itinerary Overview

Day 1

On day one, Bike Basque gives you the option of being picked-up upon arrival, be it at the Tarbes/Lourdes Airport (regular flights from Paris and London), or at the Tarbes train station (SNCF & TGV between Paris and Bordeaux). Once collected, we will be taking you to your first hotel located in Bagnères de Bigorre (25 min from Tarbes).

A group meeting is organized in the early evening to provide you with all the information necessary to ensure that your cycling-holiday runs as smoothly as possible. Every participant will receive a “Bike Basque” gift bag and any outstanding questions will be answered.

 

Hotel : Carré Py***

Day 2

Bagnères de Bigorre – Laruns – 115 km

It is the first ride of the week in this Pyrenean cycling adventure, and you will already be facing two of the most mythical climbs this famed mountain chain has to offer. First on the program, the Tourmalet, via St. Marie de Campan, where Eugene Christophe repaired his fork during the 1913 Tour de France. Next, you will confront the Col du Soulor before finishing with the Col d’Aubisque which peaks at an altitude of 1,710 meters.

Difficulties :

-Col du Tourmalet (17.2 km at 7.2 %)

-Col du Soulor (7.2 km at 8.2 %) (or Luz Ardiden)

-Col d’Aubisque (7km at 4.8%)

Hotel :

Day 3

Laruns – Laruns – 85 km

Day three starts out with a long, flat section to assist in the removal of any of yesterday’s toxins in preparation for the assault of the Col de Soulor, but this time, from its other side. Once at the Col du Soulor summit, you will take the same road as yesterday to climb the final seven kilometers to reach the Col de l’Aubisque, where you will have the opportunity to admire the breathtaking panorama of the “Cirque du Litor” below.

Difficulties :

-Col du Soulor (11.7 km at 7.4 %)

-Col d’Aubisque (7 km at 4.8 %)

Hotel :

Day 4

Laruns – Pourtalet – 95 km

Day four will be quite demanding with a mountain-top finish. But first, you will be facing the Col de Marie Blanque and its arduous final four kilometers (11% average in this section). All your hard work is rewarded with magnificent views of the entire Pyrenean chain from the top. The last difficulty of the day is the Col du Portalet. Its gradient is more moderate, but still requires at least an hour of effort.

Difficulties :

-Marie Blanque (9 km at 7.8 %)

-Col du Pourtalet (21 km at 4.4 %)

Hotel :

Day 5

Pourtalet – Arette – 110 km

After a well-deserved night’s sleep at altitude, the day will begin with the long descent from the Col du Portalet before quickly confronting the Col de Marie Blanque for a second time, but now climbing the side that was yesterday’s descent. The gradient of today’s final kilometers is much less severe than those of yesterday. You will be welcomed by wild, lush green landscapes as you climb the Col d’ Icheres and the Col de Labays.

Difficulties :

-Marie Blanque (10.3 km at 5 %)

-Col d’Icheres (5.2 km at 6 %)

-Col de Labays (15.6 km at 6 %)

Hotel :

Day 6

Arette – Arette – 120 km

After a short warm-up, you will start with the difficult Col de la Pierre Saint Martin whose first eight kilometers flirt with a 9% grade (with some passages reaching 13%), before crossing over into Spain for a broad and lengthy descent. Next up, the more modest Col de Laza and the Port de Larrau which is long, but very regular.

Difficulties :

-Pierre St.Martin (20 km at 6.5 %)

-Laza (5.4km at 4 %)

-Port de Larrau (10 km at 6 %)

Hotel :

Day 7

Arette – Lourdes – 100 km

This final day of your Pyrenean cycling holiday adventure will have you once again climbing the Col de Marie Blanque, but this time, by its most demanding side, before continuing on the long ascent to the summit of the Col d’Aubisque. Its gradient is fairly regular up until the last four kilometres when the terrain becomes more challenging, but the magnificent views will help spur you along the final stretch to the top.

Difficulties :

-Marie Blanque (9 km at 7.8 %)

-Col d’Aubisque (17.3 km at 7 %)

-Col du Soulor (2.5 km at 5 %)

Hotel : Carré Py***

What is included?

-8 days/7 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 8 days

-Snack and drink during your cycling tour in the Pyrenees

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

What is not?

-Flights

-Bike rental (+192€/pers instead of 240 €) contact us for size and avaibility

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

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