Pyrenees

Pyrenees 2014

This year’s tour in the Pyrenees will start in the medieval city of Carcassonne and finish between two famous Pyrenean climbs of Col d’ Abisque and Col du Tourmalet.

Our route will follow a some of the climbs in stages 8 and 9 from this year’s (2013) Tour de France. Also you will ride all of the major climbs of the Pyrenees made famous by the Tour de France in past years.

Our ride in the Pyrenees has been designed so that each day has some good riding but offering options to add more miles if you feel up to it. Your guides are always happy to let you know the best places to go if you feel the need to stretch your legs a little more at the end of the day.

Dates: June 28 – July 10, 2014

13 Day Camping Tour

Price: 1950.00 Euros

Cost includes transport to the tour from Toulouse Airport and back to Toulouse Airport, support vehicle, a sweep rider if the group exceeds 10 riders, 12 breakfasts, 8 dinners, all camp fees and friendly guides/cooks.

Not included; Transportation to places other than those on the route, 4 ”free night” dinners, lunches and any major bike repairs.

More details will be sent to you once your deposit has been received. For payment details please refer to our booking page.

Meeting and Departure:

For the Pyrenees Tour we meet at Toulouse Airport on Saturday June 28 2014 and depart from Toulouse Airport on Thursday July 10 2014.


Pyrenees Itinerary

June 28
The group will meet around midday at Toulouse Airport. From here we will drive to the old walled city of Carcassonne. Here you will have time to assemble your bike and maybe go for a short trial ride.

June 29
Today we will stay in Carcassonne. From here there are a number of ride options as a warm up, go exploring the old city or just relax before the serious riding starts.

June 30
Our first day is an easier ride through the farm land at the foot of the main Pyrenean mountain range. Our final section for the day takes us through the Gorges de Galamus to our camp at St Paul de Fenoville. 80km (50mi) optional extra miles are available from camp.

July 1
From camp we will follow stage 8 of the 2013 TDF tour as we climb over Port de Pallheres one of the toughest climbs of the tour. Our overnight stay for the next 2 nights will be in Ax les Thermes. 60km (37 mi)

July 2
A free day in Ax les Thermes. There a lot of ride options from our camp or you can just relax and enjoy this thermal town. Extra miles Ax 3 Domains (the last climb of the 2013 stage 8) 20km or Plateau de Beille 55km

July 3
From Ax les Thermes our ride takes us over Col de Port and Col de Saraille Into the town of Oust. 80km (50mi) Extra miles are available from our camp in Oust.

July 4
A free day. Visit the town, relax or jump on your bike as there is a lot available, valley rides, hill climbs and circuits.

July 5
From Oust we climb over Col de la Core and drop down into the valley where we will intercept the route for stage 9 of the 2013 Tour de France before we climb up Col du Portet d’ Aspet. Our camp tonight will be on the top of Col du Portet d’ Aspet. There will be the possibility to do a short climb to bag Col de Mente or do an extra circuit. 51km (30mi) Extra Miles 34km or 70km

July 6
A long downhill to start with before we commence the climb over Col des Ares and into Bagneres de Luchon. A second climb takes us over Col de Peyresourde to our camp in St Lary-Soulan. 70km (44mi) Extra miles. A nice loop is available from camp. 50km approx

July 7
We return down the valley before we start to climb the first of two passes that feature in the Tour de France often. The first is Col d’ Aspin and then over Col du Tourmalet to our final camp near Argeles Gazost. 80km (50mi)

July 8
Today you can choose to climb Col d’ Aubisque and return or choose to do a circuit because we stay tonight in our camp near Argeles Gazost 50km (30mi) for the up and back option or the circuit rides are up to 120km depending which you choose.

July 9
Another night Argeles Gazost allows you to explore the local villages or get out and ride again.

July 10
Our final day consists of a drive back to Toulouse Airport in time to say our farewells and catch the afternoon departures.