Cycling Trips to the Pyrénées
We take trips to the Pyrenees on a regular basis. Dates for 2018 will be announced here very soon.
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.
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: 2
- 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. Our favourite pastime on these leisure days is to visit 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! Visit http://www.balnea.fr/ for more details.
We will stay in the centre of Bagneres de Luchon in a good quality 3 star hotel. Breakfast is an excellent quality buffet. Dinner will be taken in nearby restaurants or in the hotel restaurant as required.
All costs include:
- Pick up 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. (Based on an exchange rate of 1.10€ to £1.00 at 1st November 2016) Please see our Terms for details on currency rate fluctuations.
Price for 4 days trip - please contact us.
Flights are not included in this cost.