Tour de France week

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.

The Tour de France 2019 will spend few days in the Bearn, during this week you’ll have the chance to watch the stage 13 of the Tour de France (Time trial: Pau – Pau) and stage 14 (Tarbes – Tourmalet), this week fully guided and accompanied by a support car.

Sleep well in the comfort of bicycle-friendly guest house and 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:

15th – 22nd July 2019

 

 

Itinerary Overview

Day 1

Arrival day. Pick-up at Biarritz airport or nearest train-station.  Then we’ll drive you in Sauveterre-de-Bear where you’ll be based for the few next days.

Sauveterre-de-Bearn is known for its medieval heritage and its natural beauty.This small village, is tied to its past and lives on today. This well kept secret is slowly being uncovered, particularly after its inclusion in the latest Michelin Voyage guide: “Les plus beaux Villages de France”. On the famous stage in 2000 that was won by Lance Armstrong on top of Hautacam the race had lit up after the sprint into Sauveterre-de-Bearn.

 

Hotel : Chambres du Pont de la Légende

Day 2

Sauveterre-de-Béarn – Sauveterre-de-Béarn – 113 km – 1400 meters of climbing.

 

Col d’Osquich – 507 m – 5 km at 6 %

Easy first climb offering a fantastic point of view of the “Soule” (a Basque area), with a smooth fast descent. Ridden 4 times in The Tour de France and also to be featured in the 2019 Tour of Spain.

Col de Gamia – 505 m – 2,9 km at 10 %

A typic Basque climb on a narrow route, very steep and very quiet, it offers just one little flat part after 1,5kms to “breathe” a bit.

Col d’ipharlatze – 329 m – 2 km at 8 %

Very quiet road with beautiful views, the last difficulty to finish the day. Watch out for the Vultures!

Hotel : Chambres du Pont de la Légende

Day 3

Sauveterre-de-Béarn – Sauveterre-de-Béarn – 150 km – 2000 meters of climbing.

 

Larrau (first 3kms) – 634 m – 2,9 km at 9 %

Until the town of “Larrau”, this tough climb gives you a good first introduction of the day. The Tour de France last came here in 2003 and took the same route that we are following.

Col de Bagargui – 1 335 m – 9,8 km at 8 %

An easy start with the first 4 km at 5%, followed by probably the steepest 5 km of the Pyrenees at 13% average with no shade at all, better come with a 32 tooth on this climb.

It has been climbed 3 times by the Tour de France, in 1986, 1987 and for the last time in 2003 during the centenary in a stage which was incredibly won by Tyler Hamilton riding with a broken collarbone.

Col de Burdincurutcheta– 1 135 m – 2,2 km at 6 %

The last hill of the day, after a quick descent of the Bagargui. Will feel easy after what has already passed.

Hotel : Chambres du Pont de la Légende

Day 4

Sauveterre-de-Béarn – Sauveterre-de-Béarn – 155 km – 1800 meters of climbing

 

Col d’Ispeguy – 674 m – 8 km at 6 %

Puerto de Oxtondo – 578 m – 5 km at 5 %

 

 

Hotel : Chambres du Pont de la Légende

Day 5

Sauveterre de Béarn – Lourdes – 110 km – 1100 meters of climbing

 

After a few tough days, today we stick to the low slopes but dont be fooled by the elevation as still plenty of ups and downs as we traverse The Bearn through beautiful farm lands, small villages, winding rivers and into the famous Jurancon vineyards. Time to fill up the bidons with wine instead of gatorade!

You’ll ride the first 70 kilometers on the hilly routes of the Bearn before getting to Pau where we’ll all watch the time trial taking place around the vineyard fields of Jurançon. Then after the last rider, we’ll head to our hotel in Lourdes.

 

Hotel : Chez Pierre d’Agos***

Day 6

Lourdes – Lourdes-  90 km – 1500 meters of climbing

 

For the queen stage of the Tour de France in the Pyrenees offering us a magnificent finish at the top of the Tourmalet, we’ll hit the road quite early in order to find the best spot in the Tourmalet, relax and wait for the winner !!!

 

Hotel : Chez Pierre d’Agos***

Day 7

Lourdes – Sauveterre-de-Béarn – 145 km – 1800 meters of climbing

 

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 :

-Col du Soulor (7.5 km at 8.2 %)

-Col d’Aubisque (7 km at 4.8 %)

-Marie Blanque (11 km at 5 %)

Hotel : Chambres du Pont de la Légende

What is included?

-8 days/7 nights accomodation in quality guest house and  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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