Pyrenees Classic

It is an understatement to say that biking the Pyrenees is a cyclist’s dream. These mountains, which traverse the 400 k distance between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean in the south of France and north of Spain, demand exploration by bike The Pyrenees present a diversity of landscape unequaled in Europe – lush meadows, peaks crowned with permanent ice or draped in velvety green, thick forests, and hidden valleys at the foot of sheer cliffs.
The history of human habitation in the Pyrenees goes back thousands of years before it was ever recorded, and in our travels we will encounter prehistoric caves with their well-preserved cave drawings, not to mention many castles with their rich history of warfare.
We will interact with a fascinating variety of cultures, dialects and traditions, and of course FOOD. Our routes will be for the most part on the smallest and least traveled roads, taking us to incredible sight and heights.
These mountains, generally rounded and crumbling, are more of a seductive challenge than an intimidating one, and their peaks and passes are attainable to cyclists of decent experience and fitness. However, in keeping with our tradition of spirited cycle tours, and the maximize our coverage of this spectacular region, we promise the option of just about every climb and awesome descent ever challenged by the peloton of the Tour de France.
This tour is not just about riding; when you climb off your bike, the adventure continues. The abundance of boulangeries and patisseries will quickly help you forget the need for power bars and energy drinks. The small restaurants serving typical French lunches are a gastronomic delight. From rustic hotels in alpine villages to country inns, our choice of lodging will greatly enhance the French experience.

Itinerary

July 1 - arrive at Pau airport. Transportation provided to our start hotel.

July 2 - St. Jean Pied-de-Port 64 miles, 3000 feet elevation gain

Daily details for each day of riding will be published soon.
Downloadable links to GPS routes with altitude profile will be available by May to clients confirmed on tour.

July 3 - Oloron 70 miles, 6500 feet or 44 miles, 3400 feet

July 4 - Argelès Gazost 60 miles, 8300 feet

July 5 - Gavarnie 58 miles, 7000 feet

July 6 - St. Lary 58 miles, 7000 feet

July 7 - St-Girons 80 miles, 8000 feet

July 8 - St-Girons Rest day or loop ride

July 9 - St. Girons Rest day or loop ride

July 10 - Bagnères de Luchon 68 miles, 8600 feet, via Col de la Core

July 11 - Bagnères de Luchon Port de Balès loop ride, 40 miles, 4300 feet

July 12 - Sainte-Marie-de-Campan 40 miles,

July 13 - Argelès Gazost 38 miles, 5000 feet, via Col du Tourmalet

July 14 - Pau 46 miles, 4000 feet via Col de Soulor or 60 miles, 5000 feet via Col d'Aubisque

July 15 - Departure

Van transportation provided to the Pau Airport for your flight home.