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Pyrenees - France

Tour de France Pyrenees KOM/QOM Challenge 🇫🇷

7 days | Guided | $6499

Live TDF race-viewing of the key stages in the Pyrenees. Challenging rides include the Tourmalet, Hautacam, and the Col du Portet. Option to extend to Paris to watch the Grand Finale TDF stage.

Distance
345 km

Gain
11,277 m

Road
Road

Temp
19°C

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Overview

Overview

GET UP CLOSE TO THE PYRENEES STAGES OF THE TDF

Flying in:

Toulouse

Start point:

St Lary

Flying out:

Toulouse

End point:

St Lary

This Tour de France KOM/QOM Challenge is the trip of choice for avid cyclists of all abilities looking for a unique blend of live race-viewing and challenging riding. This trip is exclusively reserved for cyclists. There is an alternative spectator’s tour available.

Experience the highlight of the Tour de France in the Pyrenees at the summit finish in Hautacam, live on the mountainside from our Private Hospitality Marquee. Mingle with the pro riders and Tour celebrities and get privileged VIP access to the Departure Village of Stage 19 in Castelnau-Magnoac, cherishing the unique experience of riding across the Finish Line ahead of the peloton in Peyragudes.

You’ll also have a challenging ride program so you can get involved with the action. Conquer numerous famous climbs including the Col du Tourmalet, Col de Portet, Port de Balès, Col de Peyresoude, Col d’Aspin and the legendary climb to Hautacam on race day. You can also extend your trip to add on the final TDF stages in Paris. Contact us directly for more information upon booking if you’re interested.

Highlights of your trip

VIP Access

Experience the Tour de France like never before. This tour gives you an access-all-areas pass, allowing you to mingle with the pro-riders and get front row seats to Stages 17-19. Now that's what we call epic!

World Famous Climbs

Conquer numerous famous climbs! This itinerary takes on the Col du Tourmalet, Col de Portet, Port de Balès, Col de Peyresoude, Col d’Aspin and the legendary climb to Hautacam. That's a lot to tick off!

Varying Difficulties

Each day there's a choice of 3 different fully supported rides, from 20 km to 140 km. It's perfect for couples who love to ride but have different fitness levels. Or if you want to challenge your riding!

Destination

Destination

Hautacam - French Pyrenees

Hautacam is a much-loved ski resort in the Pyrenees. It's situated in the Hautes-Pyrénées region. In road bicycle racing, the ascent to Hautacam is known as one of the toughest climbs in Europe and is often used in the Tour de France. The scenery is breathtaking and the roads are even better. As a cyclist, this place is Eden. Make sure you train accordingly though, this won't be a walk in the park. The climbs are challenging and the mountainous climate can be unpredictable. Proper preparation will allow you to conquer the French Pyrenees.

Weather

Spring to Autumn offers the best weather conditions for mild riding in the mountains with the warm sun on your back. 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 and averaging 100km daily.

Culture

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

42.5268° N, 3.0846° E

There's even more to discover on your trip.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Hotel Mercure

Saint Lary Soulan

Located in the heart of the Pyrenees, in the village of Saint-Lary-Soulan, this hotel offers beautiful rooms equipped with balconies to offer you an incredible view of the mountains. You will be just 50 meters away from the gondola lift, so you can enjoy the mountains in summer as well as in winter.

The hotel combines modernity and quality with its Pyrenean roots. Enjoy exceptional food in the onsite restaurant. Wind down in the spa. Or simply just take in the views.

Program

Program

Day 1

Welcome to France!

Distance

32 km

Altitude gain

649 m

Distance

32 km

Altitude gain

649 m

Your trip starts at Toulouse Blagnac Airport where our staff will meet you before the transfer to your hotel in St Lary.

After a brief orientation meeting, lunch and bike build-up, you’ll head out on our warm-up ride which takes you high into the hills above the Aure Valley over the Montée d’ilhan. Serene roads and spectacular mountain landscapes set the scene for the week to come!

Climbs:

  • Montée d’ilhan – 4.9 km, 299 m, 6.1%

Tour de France

Rest day: Carcassonne

Day 2

Port de Balès (Chaingate)

Distance

82 km

Altitude gain

2403 m

Distance

82 km

Altitude gain

2403 m

Day 3

Ride over the Finish Line, Podium Photo Op & LIVE VIP Race-Viewing in Peyragudes

Distance

55 km

Altitude gain

2314 m

Distance

55 km

Altitude gain

2314 m

Day 4

LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the final climb to Hautacam

Distance

26 km

Altitude gain

1287 m

Distance

26 km

Altitude gain

1287 m

Day 5

LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village in Castelnau - OR - Quintessential Pyrenees Ride

Distance

47 km

Altitude gain

1559 m

Distance

47 km

Altitude gain

1559 m

Day 6

Le Tourmalet

Distance

103 km

Altitude gain

3065 m

Distance

103 km

Altitude gain

3065 m

Day 7

End of the Pyrenees Trip

Essentials

Getting there

Information to help you book your flights and get around.

Any questions about flights and transfers? The Epico team is here for you. Ping us via the chatbot in the corner of your page or send an email to [email protected]

Flying in

Fly in airport options: Toulouse.

When best to arrive: the night before the day the tour starts.

Where the tour starts: we meet at 08:30 at Toulouse Blagnac Airport or the Pullman Toulouse Airport Hotel.

Transfers: included, giving you a seamless and hassle-free travel experience.

Extra nights: we recommend you book an optional extra night in the Pullman Toulouse Airport Hotel; the tour starts in the morning and you’ll want to be fresh!

Flying out

Fly out airport options: Toulouse.

When best to depart: in the afternoon the day the tour ends, the tour ends around midday.

Where the tour ends: in the afternoon in the town of Saint Lary Soulan.

Transfers: included, giving you a seamless and hassle-free travel experience.

Extra nights: add on the Paris extension to this trip!

What’s included in your trip

6 Nights Accommodation

6 nights in 4* hotel, double room with en-suite facilities (single room available as an extra)

Most Meals

All breakfasts and dinners included, 3x sit down lunches, and 2x picnic lunches

Guide and Support

Trip leader in support vehicle, luggage transfers, and tech support throughout the tour

Tour de France Viewing

Up close and personal to Stage 17, 18, and 19 on this epic leg of the TDF!

All Transfers

Airport pick up, drop off, and any transfers on the itinerary are included

Nutrition During The Rides

Energy gels, sport drinks, bottled water, and post-ride recovery snacks are supplied throughout

Exclusive Merchandise

Tour de France gift bag, Roadbook, and official store discount, as well as a Thomson Bike Tours merchandise pack

Extra

Bike rental

Only €425 for the entire trip

High quality carbon bikes are available for rental from €425 for the tour duration as not always is getting your own gear to another country suitable for you. To make sure you get the maximum from your tour, we’ve partnered with some of the best brands in cycling to give you the latest choice of kit.

Tailored to your body size and in perfect technical condition. You can select this option when you proceed to checkout. Price includes comprehensive insurance, mechanical service and components.

Felt FR Advanced

Fitted to you and in perfect condition

More things to maximise your trip

EXTRA

Single accommodation

€800 per person for entire trip

If you’d like a whole room to yourself, that’s no problem. For an extra €800 for the trip duration, you can enjoy the comfort of your own room. Just select this option when you proceed to book your tour.

EXTRA

Bike rental insurance

€65 per person for entire trip

Renting a bike? You can add on an optional insurance policy that covers the rental bike against theft or damage caused by an accident. We highly recommend adding this unless you have coverage through other insurances (homeowners, travel insurance etc.).

What's not included.

Flights

Flights are not included in the tour package. Please follow our advice about which flights will be best suited for this tour. Reach out to us if you have any questions about flights.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you obtain a dedicated health insurance that covers your sports activities. Reach out to us if you have questions about the insurance.

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.

Monday

18 Jul 2022

Sunday

24 Jul 2022

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Price

$6,499