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TOUR DE FRANCE 2017

The Pyrenean Stages

11th to 15th July 2017

On this tour you will see all the Pyrenean mountain stages of the 2017 Tour de France and for those bringing bikes you will be able to ride famous Pyrenean climbs. Like last year the 2017 Tour de France will visit the Pyrenees. There will be an arrival in Pau before 2 mountains stages and a start from Toulouse Blagnac. The Pyrenean stages are likely to provide us with the first sort out of the General Classification.

The Pyrenean stages:
Our Tour to ride and watch the 2 Pyrenean mountains stages is combined with the opportunity to enjoy hospitality at the Relais Etape near the finish in Pau with watching and riding the finish on Peyragudes and a closer look behind the scenes at the start in Saint Girons. As the start of the final stage near the Pyrenees is in Blagnac, you can depart that same day or decide to stay an additional night at the Radisson Blu at Toulouse Blagnac airport.

Your tour vehicle will have a bike trailer especially designed to transport bikes fully assembled and there is also one of our customised minibuses on hand as a support vehicle for the various guided rides that we offer during the tour. Riders and spectators are welcome as we will offer a daily programme for both.

This Tour’s Highlights:

  • Stay at Hotel Carre Py in Bagneres de Bigorre with breakfasts and evening meals included
  • See the riders come past at the ‘Relais Etape’ hospitalty venue near Pau, then ride and watch the 2 mountain stages in the French Pyrenees featuring the Col de Menté, Port de Balès, Peyragudes, Col de Latrape, Col d’Agnes, Mur de Péguère and finally see the start in Toulouse
  • VIP Access to the ‘Village Depart’ official Tour de France start village in Saint Girons
  • 2017 Tour de France welcome pack with offcial Le Tour merchandise and the sought after 2017 Tour de France road book

The Pyrenean stages:
Wednesday, July 12th – Stage 11 – 202km – Eymet / Pau
The Tour will arrive in the old favourite in the Pyrenees, the village of Pau. It is likely that all of the climbers are hiding in the pack whilst the sprinter’s teams’ prepare for their last chance of a stage win before the Pyrenees. The stage leads through the areas of Les Landes and Gers. There is actually a chapel en route at Labastide-d’Armagnac designated to the patron saint of cyclists; Notre-Dame-des-Cyclistes.

Thursday, July 13th – Stage 12 – 214km – Pau / Peyragudes
The longest stage in the Pyrenees has a pretty tough series of climbs on the route. The fun starts with the Col de Menté, followed by the Port de Balès and finally the final climb to Peyragudes. In the final kilometre, which is on the runway of the only airport of the Pyrenees, there will be a passage at 16% over a distance of 200 metres.

Friday, July 14th – Stage 13 – 100km – Saint-Girons / Foix
At 100km this is the shortest stage ever on the modern Tour de France Precisely 100. The shortness doesn’t mean that it is not a tough stage. This will be very fast and possibly twitchy like other short stages in the past. The Col de Latrape is followed by the Col d’Agnes and finally the Mur de Péguère with its gradients of up to 18%.

Saturday, July 15th – Stage 14 – 181km – Blagnac / Rodez
The countryside of the south-west, whether it’s in the Tarn or Aveyron region offers outstanding views. You will see the now customary aerial shots of the countless little valleys of the French countryside that are however tough on the legs of the riders.  The stage will be demanding and the Côte Saint-Pierre will offer a good opportunity to set up a stage win for an opportunistic rider.

About the Hotels...

*** Carre Py’ Hotel Bagneres-de-Bigorre:
The 3-star Carré Py’ Hotel is ideally located in the Pyrenean resort of Bagneres-de-Bigorre, opposite the Pic du Midi mountain, in a large majestic park.

All rooms are equipped with flat screen TV and have free Wi-Fi. The bathrooms have showers and private toilets, hairdryers and welcome gifts. All rooms have spectacular views of either the mountain or the countryside.

In the morning, a continental buffet breakfast is served in a cosy dining room with its own fireplace. It is also possible to have breakfast in the garden with views of the Pic du Midi. Evening meals will be served in the hotel’s restaurant.

**** Hotel Radisson Blu Toulouse Airport:
The Radisson Blu near Toulouse Airport has an impressive bright white exterior with multi-faceted shutters that reflect the sun.
On-site restaurant La Vie en Rose showcases authentic French cuisine and The Patio with its garden terrace is an ideal spot to sip a cocktail.
For a nice evening, L’Ecrin is a professionally styled, contemporary restaurant with a sleek lounge. The hotel also has a fully equipped fitness and wellness center called Blu Spa, with hammam, sauna and indoor relaxation pool and a free, 24-hour shuttle service and 140 free indoor and 40 outdoor parking spaces

This Toulouse airport accommodation houses travellers in 200 rooms and suites, complete with thoughtful features like Free high-speed, wireless Internet. The monochromatic color scheme and smooth lines exude a calming feel and create a soothing ambiance that contrasts with the hustle and bustle of the airport. Six handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request.

Tuesday July 11th – Arrival day:
Please arrange your own flight to Toulouse. From the UK there are numerous budget airlines that fly into Toulouse airport (book early to take advantage of cheap flights). We will meet you on arrival and take you to the first hotel on our tour, the 3 star Hotel Carre Py in Bagneres de Bigorre. You can use the time today to unpack your bike from its box as we are transporting your bike fully assembled. During this evening’s meal we will take the opportunity to go through the programme of the days to come. This is also a good opportunity to get to know your fellow group members.

Wednesday July 12th – Pau finish
Today’s stage:
The riders of the 2017 Tour de France enter the Pyrenees with a 202km stage from Eymet into Pau. One for the sprinters we think so spectacular finish action.

Our itinerary:
We will make our way to the Relais Etape near Pau from Bagneres de Bigorre. It will take about 1 hour to get there and on arrival our official accreditation will mean that we can park near the Relais Etape area. For riders we will proposed a guided ride to the Relais Etape area.

Relais Etape:
The Relais Etape is a hospitality area which takes the form of a small village in a prime position along the route, just a few kilometres from the finish line of each stage.This inspiring package mirrors the excitement of the race and includes:

  • A clubhouse
  • Welcome aperitif and unlimited buffet
  • Entertainment and live coverage of the race on a giant screen
  • Champagne celebration of the day’s action
  • Tour de France gift

Thursday July 13th – Pau to Peyragudes
The stage:
The second Pyrenean mountain stage starts from the city of Pau and takes in  the Col de Menté, followed by the Port de Balès and then the final climb to the ski town of Peyragudes. It is an absolute classic Pyrenean stage.

Our Itinerary:
Our location in Bagneres de Bigorre is excellent for accessing the stage as we are only 50km from Peyragudes. For the riders there is a guided ride to the finish in Peyragudes today. You will start the ride from the hotel and climb to the summit of the Peyragudes climb before the roads close ahead of the arrival of the riders. Spectators will be taken to the foot of the climb so we can watch the riders as they attack the final part of the stage.

Friday July 14th – Saint Girons to Foix
The stage:
A short, sharp stage with lots of action, hopefully.

Our itinerary:
The start is in Saint Girons is about 100km away today. Our destination for both cyclists and spectators today is the Village Depart in Saint Girons.

Village Depart Toulouse:
The 2017 Tour de France entourage and organisation travel around with the riders. The team buses park within an enclosed and restricted area. An expo type village is created at the start of each one of the stages. It is usually here that everyone who is linked in any way to the Tour de France like TV, sponsors and celebrities from the cycling world will show themselves. Also local companies will be keen to show off their wares. Your VIP passes will give you access to the village and the rider’s paddock. If you into collecting autographs, this is the best place for it.

Saturday July 15th – Start in Toulouse and departure day:
We are moving to Toulouse today so you need to be in reception with your bags and bikes after breakfast so we can load the coach and bike trailer. Your bike will need to packed away as there is no cycling possible today.

The start of today’s stage is from Toulouse Blagnac which is very near to the airport. We will watch the start and afterwards you can have an evening flight if you wish. We suggest booking your flight after 18.00. If you want to stay an additional night then we propose the hotel Radisson Blu at the airport.

Sunday July 16th – Departure day:
Breakfast at the hotel Radisson Blu this morning before departure. The hotel operate a free shuttle service to the airport so please book your shuttle to get back to the hotel in line with your flight departure.

 

£809 per person, based on two people sharing a room
£299 supplement for the single occupancy of a room
£250 deposit is required at the time of booking

What’s included:

  • 4 nights at the 3 star hotel Carre Py in Bagneres de Bigorre
  • 4 breakfasts and evening meals
  • The 2017 Tour de France road book and merchandise pack
  • Exclusive Tour de France VIP access; Village Depart and the ‘Relais Etape’ experience – Have a look at our videos to see what VIP access is all about
  • Minibus support vehicle
  • Top of the range tour vehicle with customised bike trailer
  • The services of our team of bike hosts
  • A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information
  • A safe pair of hands – More information
  • Bike storage at the hotel
  • All hotel taxes

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HOW TO BOOK:
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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.

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Important Information:

Bike transport:
Your bike will be transported on our bike trailer whilst fully assembled. We take the utmost care of your bike whilst it is in our care. Your wheels will be taken off for transport only so if you want to bring your Carbon wheels, you can rest assured that they will be well treated.

Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another traveller (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.

General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page.General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.

Travel Insurance:
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in cycling events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.

 

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