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PYRENEES 2016 – Bike France

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Conquer the ‘Cols’ of the Pyrenees.

Join us as we conquer the famous ‘Cols’ of the Pyrenees with a week of fabulous cycling including famous climbs that feature in the Tour de France! Your cycling accommodation is in the heart of the Midi Pyrenees with climbs such as the Col du Tourmalet, Hautacam, Aubisque and many more right on your doorstep! Our cycling base is simply stunning in a fully restored 17th century French Chateau with breath-taking panoramic views, a heated horizon swimming pool and deluxe accommodation. Your breakfasts and most home cooked 3 course dinners are included so all you have to worry about is getting up the mountains or relaxing by the pool!

Our tour caters for both the pure mountain goat looking to take on multiple ‘Hors Catégorie’ climbs in the one day, right thought to those on their first trip wanting to test themselves against some of the famous climbs of the Tour de France.

We suggest that guests have some level of climbing experience and fitness, yet we’ll have support on hand just in case it gets a bit hard. On the longer days of riding we will have full car support available for some extra peace of mind. All rides leave from the driveway of our Château and include climbs such as the Col du Tourmalet, Hautacam, Col d’ Aspin and many more that are just a short warm up ride away!

We pack 6 days of amazing cycling into our week and ride anything from 70-120km a day with between 1,000m and 3,000m of climbing each day depending on how hard you want to go!

 

Day 1 – Arrivée!

After a short transfer from Lourdes TGV station we arrive at our luxury accommodation and check into our rooms, unpack and assemble bikes.  After that we’ll have a welcome drink followed by a hearty dinner made by our resident chefs Liz and Dom!

Meals: Welcome drinks and Dinner

 

Day 2

After a hearty breakfast our first ride takes us down a flat valley road through the city of Lourdes. We will take a left turn and follow the road to the pretty village of Argelès Gazost for our first coffee and croissant. On the way back we will get a sneak peak of the famous Hautacam climb then start the testy little climb up to the Col de Lingous and the Croix Blanche before returning to base via the picturesque foothills around the valley.

Total Distance 52km

Col de Lingous 575m Col de la Croix Blanche 820m

  • Climb length – 8.0km ( from Saint Créac )
  • Average Gradient – 3.7%
  • Max Gradient – 7.0%
  • Total Ascent – 391m

Meals: Breakfast/Dinner

 

Day 3

Today we tackle the Col d’Aspin. A steady yet picturesque climb with an average gradient around 5% after our first coffee stop at St Marie de Campan. The view at the summit is superb and after a quick descent we have lunch at the base in Payolle. A longer option for those ‘mountain goats’ is to head over the top of Aspin and return via Arreau via the challenging La Hourquette d’ Ancizan which is famous for its picturesque descent. The Col d’Aspin featured in the 2015 Tour de France where the pros rode up from the Arreau side before descending and turning left at Saint Marie to take on the Col du Tourmalet.

Total Distance 75km (105km with Hourquette) 

Col d’ Aspin 1490m

  • Climb length 12.8km ( St Marie de Campan )
  • Average Gradient 5%
  • Maximum Gradient 9%
  • Total Ascent 642m

Hourquette d’ Ancizan 1564m

  • Climb length 10.3km
  • Average Gradient 7.8%
  • Maximum Gradient 12%
  • Total Ascent 805m

Meals: Breakfast/Dinner

 

Day 4

We start our day rolling down to the village of Pierrefitte- Nestalas where take the gentle 10k climb up to the spa town of Cauterets. Cauterets was a stage finish in the 2015 Tour de France and the road surface is brand new and a joy to both climb and descend on and boasts beautiful views overlooking the gorge. It is also a well-known spa town and the cafes and shops in the village are well worth stopping for at the summit. From the top there is the option to climb an extra 7km further up to either the Pont d’ Espagne or Camabasque.

Total Distance 90km

Cauterets 916m

  • Climb Length 10km ( from Pierrefitte -Nestalas )
  • Average Gradient 4.0%
  • Max Gradient 10.7%
  • Total Ascent 420m

Pont d’Espagne 1460m

  • Climb length 7km ( from Cauterets )
  • Average Gradient 8.5%
  • Max Gradient 11.5%
  • Total Ascent 555m

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 5

The base of the climb to the Hautacam is just 15km down the road from us and is arguably one of the hardest climbs in the Pyrenees. The 13km climb has some amazing scenery yet the gradients are inconsistent most of the climb with some parts hitting 15%! This was a finishing stage of the 2014 Tour de France and those who want even more can go beyond the car park and do the extra 1.5k and go to the summit of Col du Tramassel.

Total Distance 69km

Hautacam/Tramassel 1635m 

  • Climb length 16km (Ayros-Arbouix)
  • Average Gradient 6.8%
  • Maximum Gradient 11%
  • Total Ascent 1060m

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 6

One of the most iconic climbs – the mighty Col du Tourmalet. This is the one where you need to bring your climbing legs! We take on the famous eastern approach that starts from St Marie de Campan that the pros did in 2015 Tour de France – a challenging 17.2km climb that will test the best. A day you’ll remember for the rest of your cycling days!

Total Distance 100km

Col du Tourmalet 2115m

  • Climb length 17.2km (St Marie de Campan)
  • Average Gradient 7.3%
  • Maximum Gradient 12%
  • Total Ascent 1268m

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 7

Two climbs for the price of one! We fuel up with a big breakfast as today tackle the picture postcard Col de Soulor then we head further up the road to the Col d’ Aubisque. We warm up with a ride to Argelès Gazost before we head up to the long but picture postcard climb of Col de Soulor. After 20k we hit the summit for a fuel stop then it’s an extra (yet slightly easier) 10k up to the famous Col’ d Aubisque where we’ll eat lunch at the super friendly cafe that serves fantastic meals for hungry cyclists. Those wanting even more there is also the punchy but pretty climb up Col des Borderes on the way home.

Total Distance 100km (108km with Borderes)

Col de Soulor 1474m

  • Climb length 7km (Arrens – Marsous)
  • Average Gradient 8.0%
  • Maximum Gradient 11.0%
  • Total Ascent 596m

Col d’Aubisque 1709m

  • Climb length 10km (Col de Soulor)
  • Average Gradient 6.5%
  • Maximum Gradient 9%
  • Total Ascent 235m

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 8

Sadly today we pack up the bikes and say goodbye to new found cycling friends. Transfer provided to Lourdes TGV train station.

Meals: Breakfast

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