The Pyrenees

$7,950

The Pyrenees are home to some of Europe’s most challenging and dramatic roads. They rise from the balmy Mediterranean into a rural, rugged interior that seems a world away from the rest of France, before arriving on the rough-hewn Atlantic coastline. Unlike the Alps to the north, the Pyrenees can seem unpredictable and rough around the edges, and are often regarded as being a mental test as much as a physical one. The rhythm and the terrain is constantly changing, often cutting through dense forest on deserted roads before rising majestically towards dramatic, rocky peaks. It is the perfect terrain for a cyclist who wants to get away from it all and take the road less traveled into a captivating landscape that has to be experienced first hand to really be appreciated.

This Pyrenean adventure is a randonnée designed to challenge and inspire, exploring the most breath-taking terrain in southern France. It combines hidden gems with some world-famous names, and will take you to right into the heart of French racing culture. You won’t want to miss it.

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F10 Disk with SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi components and daily bike wash
  • One Giordana FRc custom inGamba cycling kit
  • Daily post-ride massage from a professional soigneur
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing

 

*Pre/post-trip lodging is not included

**Beverages ordered by guests beyond normal amounts and away from group activities will incur additional charges

Trip at a Glance

Start Location:

Toulose

Finish Location:

Pau

Days Riding:

6

Group Size:

8

Total Distance:

910km

Total Elevation:

19,300m

Longest Day:

Stage 1. Anglet – Oloron Sainte-Marie. 174km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Stage 4: Tarbes – Col du Portillon. 3,900m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Test ride

Bienvenue en France! This shake-out loop "only" climbs 601 meters, but on a short course after a long flight, it should be more than enough to get your legs moving and give you a taste of what's in store for the week. This is the perfect time to make any changes to your set-up, so if something isn't quite right, speak to your mechanic right away.
2

Col de Portet d'Aspet

First used by the Tour de France in 1910, the Col de Portet d'Aspet has appeared a whopping 32 times since 1947, and it never disappoints. Beginning in the beautiful village of Audressein, the official climb looks easy on paper, lasting 18.1 km and climbing 557 meters. But it really gets going in Saint-Lary, 5.9km from the summit, and from there the average gradient is 6.8%, with some patches rising to over 10% near the summit.
3

Col de Menté

The Col de Menté has appeared in the Tour 19 times in all, and is perhaps most famous for the thrilling battle and subsequent crash featuring Luis Ocaña and Eddy Merckx in 1971. From the east, beginning at the foot of the Col de Portet d'Aspet, the climb is just under 11km and averages a gradient of 6.6%. It gets harder towards the top, however, so caution is advised in the opening kilometers. Along the climb you'll see a monument to the former racer Serge Lapébie, whose father and uncle were also professionals, and who died tragically in a car accident.
4

Col de Balès – Bagnères-de-Luchon

This route only involves one climb, but it's a big one. The Port de Balès was only introduced to the Tour de France in 2007, but has since appeared five more times, providing some spectacular racing. The official climb starts in Mauléon-Barousse and lasts 18.9 km, at an average gradient of 6.3%. Some sections are almost double that, however, so be sure to keep something in the tank. As a reward for those efforts, the ride finishes with a long, spectacular descent to Bagnères-de-Luchon.
5

Lourdes – Pau

This route is all downhill on undulating terrain. Beginning with a short transfer to Lourdes, one of the most unique and historic towns in France and one made famous by its Marian apparition, to the city of Pau, known for its elegant architecture and its palm-lined promenades.
6

L’Aubeisque

Today we'll cross over from Haute-Garonne to Hautes-Pyrénées on an epic route that involves some climbs that have been featuring in the Tour de France for more than a century, like the Col d'Aspin, where the 1950 race leader Gino Bartali infamously withdrew from the race following altercations with the angry local crowds, and the Col de Peyresourde, where Chris Froome launched an audacious descending attack during the 2016 event.
7

Depart for Home

All good things must come to an end, unfortunately, and it is now time to say goodbye and depart for the airport.

PINARELLO DOGMA F10 DISK

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F10 Disk

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi

PEDALS:

Speedplay Zero or your own

SADDLE:

fi’zi:k Arione, Antares, Aliante, Donna, Vesta or your own

WHEELSET:

Zipp 302 Carbon Clinchers

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa CX

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820