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Pyrenees - France

Pyrenees Grande Traversee

8 days | France | €1095

Ride the length of the Pyrenees, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. Discover some of the lesser known routes in the cycling world while exploring the French side of these beasty mountains.

Distance
700 km

Gain
16,500 m

Temp
17°C

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Overview

Distance

700 km

Gain

16,500 m

Temperature

17°C

SUPERB MOUNTAIN ROADS

Alternate between the legendary cols from the Tour de France and the lesser-known passes while cycling the superb mountain roads through the Pyrenees. This Pyrenees Grande Traversee tour offers the chance to take in the diverse landscapes from the Pyrénées Orientales to the dense forests of Ariège and jagged peaks of the Hautes-Pyrénées.

Lucious green and peaked mountain tops really make this itinerary a stand out winner for cycle enthusiasts to test their skills and explore the Pyrenees region.

Breathtaking and legendary

Highlights of your trip

Legendary Routes

This itinerary covers a whole range of rides and routes, some that are included in the Tour de France and others that are off the beaten track - but still with excellent tarmac! Take on the amazing challenge of the Pyrenees Passes.

Breathtaking Views

As you cycle you can take in the jaw-dropping views of the Pyrenees mountain range, an incredible backdrop from every angle. Dramatic and breathtaking - these panoramics make the climbs worth it.

All Meals Included

Across the 8 days, relax in knowing all your meals are catered for. Kick start your day with breakfast, enjoy a picnic lunch en route, and wind down with a 3 or 4-course dinner. All hotels and guesthouses are a 2* or 3* standard with secure bike storage.

Destination

French Pyrenees

The Pyrenees mountain range runs as a barrier between France and Spain, stretching from the Mediterranean coast to the Atlantic. The height and rugged landscapes of these mountain roads make them a challenging alternative to the more popular routes in the Alps. Segments are part of the Tour de France, but there are plenty of lesser-known rides to discover another side of France.

Weather

Make sure you pick your season and prepare well. Spring to Autumn offers the best weather conditions for mild riding in the mountains and warm sun on your back as you come further down. Coastal regions are prone to blustery winds coming off the ocean. Winter months are challenging with snowfall blocking the higher cols as early as October.

Terrain

France offers an incredibly diverse range of terrain suitable for almost any level of rider. However, this tour through the Pyrenees is challenging with some intense climbs through the alpine mountains. Be prepared for tackling up to 3000m altitude gains in one day and covering on average 100km daily.

Culture

France has a strong cycling culture across the country which is highlighted in the Alps with the superb roads and Tour de France influence. Bicycle touring is a popular way to explore the country and welcomed in all of the rural areas. Drivers are courteous and locals are friendly towards tourists.

42.5268° N, 3.0846° E

There's even more to discover on your trip.

Accommodation

Comfortable 2-3* Hotels and Guesthouses

All the hotels and guesthouses along the route are in a comfortable 2-3* range. They are all well-positioned for the start and end of day riding, complete with secure bike storage.

A support vehicle will be assisting you for the entire trip, moving your bags between the locations and ensuring you can fully relax after reaching the next stop.

Accommodation

Meals Included

Breakfasts, picnic lunches, and dinners from a 3 to 4 course menu are included over the 7 nights. All you need to worry about it what you want to drink with each meal.

Program

Day 1

Collioure - Prades

Distance

107 km

Altitude gain

2000 m

Distance

107 km

Altitude gain

2000 m

Meet the team and the rest of the group at 9am at Collioure SNCF railway station. We will jump straight on the bikes and warm up on the quiet roads of Collioure – a charming fishing port.

Highlights:

  • Soak up the fragrant Mediterranean flora in the Ariège foothills

Passes of the day:

  • Col de la Brousse, 860 m (level 3 only)
  • Col Xatard, 752 m
  • Col de Palomère, 1036 m

Day 2

Prades - Ax les Thermes

Distance

110 km

Altitude gain

2900 m

Distance

110 km

Altitude gain

2900 m

Day 3

Ax les Thermes - Saint Lary

Distance

125 km

Altitude gain

2000 m

Distance

125 km

Altitude gain

2000 m

Day 4

Saint Lary - Germ

Distance

72 km

Altitude gain

2400 m

Distance

72 km

Altitude gain

2400 m

Day 5

Germ - Luz Saint Sauveur

Distance

78 km

Altitude gain

2200 m

Distance

78 km

Altitude gain

2200 m

Day 6

Luz Saint Sauveur - Oloron Sainte Marie

Distance

113 km

Altitude gain

2500 m

Distance

113 km

Altitude gain

2500 m

Day 7

Oloron Sainte Marie - Esterençuby

Distance

125 km

Altitude gain

3400 m

Distance

125 km

Altitude gain

3400 m

Day 8

Esterençuby - Saint Jean de Luz

Distance

85 km

Altitude gain

1200 m

Distance

85 km

Altitude gain

1200 m

What’s included in your trip

Guide and Support

Trip leader in support vehicle, luggage transfers, GPS tracks provided

7 Nights Accommodation

7 nights in 2-3* hotels, double room with en-suite facilities (single room available as a supplement)

All Meals

7 breakfasts, 7 picnic lunches, 7 dinners (3 to 4 course menu)

What's not included.

International flights & transfers

Airport transfers are available at an additional cost

Insurance

Please organise suitable travel insurance

Additional excursions

Visits to museums, monuments and sites are not included

Choose when you want to travel

After selecting the date of travel, you will be able to enter the detail of who is traveling and see further options for accomidation and cycle hire, subject to the operator.

Don't see the travel dates you want or have a special request, such as adding a non-rider, please contact us.

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5 September 2021 12 September 2021

€1,095.00

18 September 2021 25 September 2021

€1,095.00