On the shoulders of the giants

Pyrennes

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Cycling tour

4 days| 2 cols | 150km | + 2,900m

Price

680€

You’ve ridden hundreds of miles during your training sessions and you’re fit and ready to pit your strength against the mountains. You have a powerful feeling that it’s time to see how you measure up to the great Pyrenean passes that you have been wanting to ride for ages. We offer you a long weekend to give you a chance to finally come and ride these legendary roads where the Tour de France writes a new page in the history of cycling every year. Since 1910, the date of the first cycling tour over the Tourmalet and the Aubisque, more than a century of exploits and sometimes dramatic epics have shaped the myths you will discover!

Col Cycling Addiction offers you a four day tour to climb the two greatest icons of Pyrenean cycling and much more besides. Our logistics and advice will be your assets to make your climbing dreams come true!

3 cols, 150 Km, +2,900 height gain: that’s the challenge!

Our upcoming dates

2020

Saturday 30 Mai to Tuesday 02 Juin

2020

Monday 21 Sept to Thursday 24 Sept

2020

Thursday 22 Oct  to  Sunday 25 Oct

2020

Friday  30  Oct    to  Monday 02 Nov

FURTHER INFORMATION

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Sara and Pierre

If you would you like more information or want to book one of our tours
please call us at (+33) 06 10 78 66 50 or (+33) 06 19 88 48 56
Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm
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Customized tours and prices for groups

Program :

For transfers from Biarritz and Toulouse airports, please contact us (for these airports, transfers take place between 11:00 and 15:00). Installation at the gite for the stay. Preparation of bicycles and a short trip to the Ossau valley to rustle your leg.

The Aubisque is a true legend! It is the second most often climbed col in the history of the Tour de France with 73 climbs since the first race in 1910 when the road over the col was still only a rough dirt road that competitors ran over carrying their bikes. Frenchman François Lafourcade was the first rider in the history of the Tour to cross the Aubisque in the lead, on the incredible 326 kilometre stage with 6,000 metres of height gain between Luchon and Bayonne. The first high mountain stage devised by the Tour organisers required the riders to cross the Peyresourde, Aspin, Tourmalet and Aubisque cols. Unbelievable! In Bayonne, the winner, Octave Lapize, shouted at the organizers "murderers, you are murderers! "The Legend of the Tour was born!

 

The Aubisque pass is a "must" to climb for anyone who claims to be a cyclist. It is the gateway to the world of high mountain cols, an initiatory ascent into the exceptional playground of the Pyrenees. From Laruns at 520m, the ascent begins gently up to the spa resort of Eaux Bonnes, 4 km at 5% on a perfect surface. When the road leaves Eaux Bonnes, the slope suddenly increases with a short maximum of 13% where the road crosses to the other side of the river. The rest is a long ride up slopes ranging between 8 and 9%, a challenging section that needs to be carefully managed because after Gourette, there are still 4.5 km to climb. Up to the Hotel des Crêtes Blanches the gradient often runs into 2 figures. Apotheosis or torment, the zig-zags of the last mile offer a perfect route to the summit in a beautiful setting.

Depending on what you want to do, and what your legs want to do, you can continue along the spectacular road that sweeps over the Cirque du Litor towards the Col du Soulor and finally descends through the remote and wild valley of Ferrières. An exceptional day in the mountains! And the first iconic pass climbed!

 

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Tourmalet! Is there a bigger icon in the eyes of cyclists around the world? Undoubtedly ranked at the top of the list of "Giants", the Tourmalet is a real myth in the history of cycling, much more tyah just its hors-catégorie ranking! After its first appearance in 1910, it is by far the most frequently climbed col on the Tour de France, with no less than 86 climbs to date. In 2019 the Tourmalet will be a stage finish after a ride from from Tarbes to the summit at 2115 m, via the Soulor. It’s the highest road col in the French Pyrenees, and climbing it is nothing less than a high-level pilgrimage, full of legends and so symbolic!

 

Tourmalet! Is there a bigger icon in the eyes of cyclists around the world? Undoubtedly ranked at the top of the list of "Giants", the Tourmalet is a real myth in the history of cycling, much more tyah just its hors-catégorie ranking! After its first appearance in 1910, it is by far the most frequently climbed col on the Tour de France, with no less than 86 climbs to date. In 2019 the Tourmalet will be a stage finish after a ride from from Tarbes to the summit at 2115 m, via the Soulor. It’s the highest road col in the French Pyrenees, and climbing it is nothing less than a high-level pilgrimage, full of legends and so symbolic!

 

Very quickly after leaving Luz, the gradient increases to reach an average of 8%. It takes some getting used to, and there are very few moments of respite. At the end of the steep ride up through the village of Barèges, 1250 m, there’s the first key passage: a long ramp with a two-digits gradient before the road flattens out a little up to Tournaboup. Here you can choose to follow the old Tourmalet road, a variant of the "Laurent Fignon" ascent that is now reserved for cyclists and offers spectacular views of the valley. At the junction of the two roads, there are 4 kilometres left. In an extraordinary finale the road rises up towards the sky, with a spectacular view of the observatory of the Pic du Midi at an altitude of 2877 m. The last kilometre, still a 13% gradient at this altitude, will take its toll, but at the top, the giant statue of Octavian Lapize, 1st conqueror of the Giant in 1910, will reward your efforts. Congratulations!

After a hearty breakfast, the time has come, with regret, to prepare for the return trip.  Depending on what shape your legs are in and the schedule for your return trip, we may still have time for another climb from the Ossau Valley. Col de Marie Blanque or Port de Castet, these magnificent "bonuses" will make sure you’ll want to come back as soon as possible to discover the lesser known treasures of the Pyrenees. Our playground is endless!

Transfer to Pau - Lourdes/Tarbes - Biarritz or Toulouse airports for a departure in the late afternoon.

What’s included :

  • Accommodation (based on a shared room) in a high quality holiday house (gîte d’étape) or in a three-star (or more) hotel (with a secure place to leave your bike, bike washing and repair facilities). You may be asked to share a room with someone of the opposite sex.
  • Seven evening meals, some of them home-cooked by Sara using local and bio products whenever possible and some in typical restaurants of the region (with appropriate menus for cyclists);
  • Breakfast, day-time snacks, afternoon snack when you get back from your daily ride (home-made, energy food and sports drinks for the day-time snacks);
  • Transfers between Pau, Tarbes and Lourdes airports and train stations and the destination of your stay;
  • Transfer to the start points for your daily rides;
  • Support vehicle throughout the day’s ride (technical support and food and drinks);
  • Maps and GPS tracks for each day’s ride;
  • Technical assistance by a cycling coach in case of need;
  • Provision of a computer with internet access;
  • 1 complementary Col Cycling Addiction jersey and publicity material from the Agency;
  • 1 entrance to a spa for the rest day;
  • Tourist tax;
  • Photos of your stay.
  • Drinks with meals;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Air travel.
  • Transfers from Toulouse, Biarritz or Bordeaux airports —ask us for details;
  • Rental of top-range bikes (Trek, Merida, Look, Haibyke) — ask us for further information about the bikes and prices;
  • Cancellation insurance;
  • Comprehensive insurance (repatriation, hospitalization, rescue costs, …) ;
  • Single room — ask us for details;
  • Extra night — ask us for details;
  • Accompaniment by a cycling coach.

5% reduction for group bookings for five or more participants.

Possible organization of a private tour for groups of six or more.

5% reduction for a non-cycling partner or friend accompanying a cyclist.

Photos of your cycling tour