Pyrenees/French Alps Combo

Pyrenees and French Alps Combo 2014

with Tour de France viewing

This year we will be offering the opportunity to link both tours together for a once in a lifetime chance to ride some best alpine climbs France has to offer.

The Pyrenees leg of the ride will start in the medieval city of Carcassonne and finish between two famous Pyrenean climbs of Col d’ Abisque and Col du Tourmalet. Our ride 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.

With 2013 being the 100th Tour de France the French Alps section will celebrate this by starting and finishing at the foot of the famous Le Alpe d’ Huez. Here we will have the opportunity to watch the double hill climb of Le Alpe d’ Huez in stage 18 as well as the start of stage 19 of the 2013 Tour de France.

In the French Alps our route will take us in a loop of the southern half of the Alps and will offer a mix of great climbs and historic towns. We have also catered to the wider range of riders this year with shorter days but offering a lot of extra miles for those who are looking to bag as many passes as possible.
Many passes made famous by past years of the Tour de France will feature in our journey. Port de Pallheres, Col du Portet d’ Aspet, Col d’ Abisque, Col du Tourmalet, Col du Galibier, Col de la Cayolle, Col de Vars and Col d’ Izoard. A good number of the climbs we do will a part of this year’s Tour de France.

Dates: June 28 – July 26, 2014

29 Day Camping Tour

Price: 3650.00 euros

Cost includes; transport to the tour from Toulouse Airport and back to Lyon Airport, support vehicle, a sweep rider if the group exceeds 10 riders, 26 breakfasts, 17 dinners, all camp fees and friendly guides/cooks.

Not included; Transportation to places other than those on the route, 8 “free night” dinners, meals during transfer days between the Pyrenees and Alps sections 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/French Alps tour we meet at Toulouse Airport on Saturday June 28, 2014 and depart from Lyon Airport on Saturday July 26, 2014.

Pyrenees/French Alps 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 14 of the 2010 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 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 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 in the Pyrenees consists of transferring clients who will be leaving us back to Toulouse Airport in time to say our farewells and catch the afternoon departures. From here you are welcome to join the crew as they transfer to the French Alps or you can do your own thing and meet us at Lyon Airport or at our camp near La Mure on July 12. We will be happy to discuss the options available with you.

July 11

The crew will be transferring to the French Alps

July 12

Today the crew will meet people wishing to join us for the French Alps section around midday at Lyon Airport. We will be staying in a camp just south of La Mure tonight.

July 13
Today we will stay at our camp which will give you the chance to get out and exercise your legs. There are a number of ride options available from short valley rides to longer loops over a pass or two. Or maybe you just want to relax by the lake. The choice is yours.

July 14
Today we depart camp and follow the second half of stage 18 from the 2013 Tour de France as it climbs over Col d’ Ornon (1371m) and down into Bourg d’ Oisans at the base of L’ Alpe d’ Huez . 90km (54mi)

July 15
A free day to get out and ride!! This is one of the most popular areas in Europe for bikers with a great selection of rides to choose from. A run up the famous Alp d’ Huez and back, or complete the circuit from the TDF in 2013. Or how about a 100 mi circuit?? Maybe you just want to relax by the pool.

July 16
The ride today is reasonably easy as we follow the first half of stage 14 over Col du Lautaret (2058m) to our camp in Briancon. There are several options for those who wish to bag some other climbs on this day. Les Deux Alps, Col du Galibier and Col de Montgenevre. 65km (40mi) options are from 15 to 24km return each (9 to 15mi)

July 17
Another shorter day today as we continue to follow stage 14 of the 2014 Tour de France over Col d’ Izoard (2361m) and down to our camp in Guillestre at the base of the hill climb finish of stage 14 on Risoul. A number of side excursions are available to lengthen your ride if you wish.  56km (34mi)

July 18
We remain in  Guillestre for another two nights as we await the arrival of the Tour de France. Today would be an ideal time to do the climb up Risoul past the cheering crowds of TDF fans, as they will be camped out on the roadside waiting for the arrival of the Tour. It is also an opportunity look for a good spot to watch the tour tomorrow.

July 19
Today stage 14 of the “Tour” arrives so equip yourself with some cheese, a baguette, sun screen, water and maybe a bottle of wine or two and make your way up the hill and enjoy the atmosphere while you wait for the rider to come through.

July 20
We depart our camp of the past few days and pass over Col de Vars (2109) taking in some awesome scenery. A 34km side trip up Col de Larche is possible to gain a few extra miles. Our overnight stay tonight will be in Barcelonnette. 45km (27mi)  plus extra 34km (20mi)

July 21
From Barcelonnette we will continue south over Col de la Cayolle (2326m) to our camp near the fortified town of Entrevaux. Once again there are a couple of optional climbs available for those wishing to do the extra miles. 85km (51mi). Options are Col des Champs (2045m) 33km (20mi) and/or Valberg (1673m) 30km (19mi)

July 22 & 23
We will spend the next two days at our camp near Entrevaux as there are a number of loop rides available along with the walled town and fortified castle to explore.

July 24
Today we head north again returning to our camp in Barcelonnette. Our route however will take us over Col de la Colle St Michel (1431m) and Col d’ Allos (2247m) 90km (54mi)

July 25
A free day to explore the town or bag another climb. Barcelonnette is another rider’s mecca so for those wishing to ride we can offer a good number of options to suit your taste.

July 26
A more scenic day is in store for today as we head from Barcelonnette back to our camp where our tour commenced, north of Gap. If time allows make your way into the old part of Gap and soak in the atmosphere or if you prefer to ride there are some other riding options on the way to camp. 96km (58mi)

July 27
An early start is needed as we have a long drive back to Lyon Airport in time to say our farewells and catch the afternoon departures.