Pyrenees Tour de France week
Cycling Trips to the Pyrénées
We take trips to the Pyrenees on a regular basis. Dates for 2018 will be Saturday 21 July - Saturday 28 July (Tour de France week) and Saturday 14 July - Saturday 21 July. We can arrange trips for any other dates if these do not suit your needs - please enquire.
* Please note that the week of 21 - 28 July is PROBABLY the Tour de France week, based on assumptions made from the 2017 route. The exact tour dates are released in October.
These trips are designed for all you "Col Baggers". We will be based in the lovely town of Bagneres de Luchon, which is a cycling mecca in the Pyrénées as will be explained below.
Many of you will know that the Tour de France passes through, or ends a stage in Luchon almost every year. It really is in the heart of the mountain range.
In 2018, we will be running two trips - one during the week that the Tour is in the Pyrenees. So we will not only ride many of the local mountains but we will also ride to one or more of the mountains used in the Tour and watch the stage unfold. The Tour is likely to have a stage finish in Luchon in 2018 so a short walk from the guest house will take you right into the heart of the action if you want to see a stage finish.
Mythical Cols that are accessible from Luchon without needing to drive include:
- Superbagneres - 19km climb straight out of the town centre, rising approx 1200m to the summit at 1800m. Cat: HC
- Col de Portillon - a 10km climb from the town to the Spanish border. This climb has a couple of steep sections towards the top making it a tough one. Cat: 1
- Col de Peyresourde - a 15km climb from the town. Used in the first TdF to pass through the Pyrénées. Hard but not brutal... Cat: 1
- Port de Bales - a very tough 20km climb from further down the valley which brings you out just above the town near the bottom of the Col de Peyresourde. Cat: HC
- Hospice de France - 12 very tough kms out of the town centre but the views at the top are simply spectacular and are not to be missed! Cat: 1
- Col de Menté - only 11km but all of it tough. Starts at St. Béat just down the valley from Luchon. Famous as the climb where Luis Ocana crashed in the TdF allowing Eddy Merckx to take the yellow jersey and his 5th title. Cat: 1
- Col d'Aspin - Starts at the bottom of the other side of the Peyresourde in Arreau. You can't do one without the other! Another classic used in the TdF. The views on the Aspin are rated among the best in cycling. Oh, and the climb from Arreau is hard! Cat: 1
We could go on listing climbs, and many more, such as the Col du Tourmalet - the highest road climb in the Pyrénées - is accessible by bike from Luchon but we prefer to drive part way to save our legs from the punishing return journey over the Aspin and Peyresourde.
As mentioned above, the riding around Luchon is spectacular! We provide a guided service each day of your stay and based on the abilities of the group, will organise a route that ensures that you bag a few cols but won't leave you needing to be picked up in the support vehicle. Everyone usually wants to test themselves on the "big daddy" - The 18km Col du Tourmalet - so we will drive to Bagneres de Bigorre and start the climb from there. Again, depending on the fitness of the group, the ride can be a straight up and back, up and over and back to Bigorre, or up, back and over the Col d'Aspin from St. Marie de Campan. We will then either collect you from Arreau or you can be super hard and climb up the Peyresourde and descend to Luchon on your bike - it's up to you!
A typical week with 5 or 6 days riding will involve about 10000m of climbing and you should ride up at least 2 HC climbs, 5 or 6 Cat 1 climbs and 3 or 4 Cat 2 climbs, all of which have been used in the TdF.
Most weeks we have an easy day mid week to refresh everyone's legs a bit. A shorter morning ride, followed by our favourite pastime on these leisure days, a visit to the lovely spa just over the Peyresourde at Loudenvielle. The mixture of indoor and outdoor heated pools will take take the sting right out of your legs we promise you! However, if the group prefers another full day of riding, we are happy to accommodate that.
We have some fantastic accommodation for you during your stay in Luchon. We have leased for our exclusive use, Papilio Guest House. We can fit a maximum of 12 guests but we think that 8 or 9 would be a more comfortable number for the group.
We will provide you with a fantastic choice of breakfast each day, including cooked, as well as a delicious 3 course dinner with wine each evening.
We have use of the large garden, secure bike storage, a small pool and barbecue during the week.
Rooms are on a shared basis but one room is available for single use (has a large double bed so can accommodate a couple if required). Each room has its own en suite bathroom. One bedroom is a family room with twin beds in the larger room and full size bunk beds (with proper mattresses) in the adjacent room. 4 can comfortably share but we are happy if a group of 3 use this room.
All costs include:
- Pick up and return to/from Toulouse Airport
- 7 nights stay including breakfast and dinner in Bagneres de Luchon
- Guided rides each day
- Snacks and energy drinks en route
- Mobile back up
The cost for a 7 day trip will be £975.00 per person sharing a room. The one single room available has a surcharge of £100.00 for the week. (Based on an exchange rate of 1.13€ to £1.00 at 7th July 2017) Please see our Terms for details on currency rate fluctuations.
Flights and bike hire (if required) are not included in this cost.