The Ultimate Pyrenean cols of the Tour de France Cycling Holiday
23rd August to 2nd September 2018
Spanning close to 500km the majestic peaks of the Pyrenees form a natural border between France and Spain and a testing ground to the cycling fraternity. These Pyrenean cols that cross these beautiful mountains are steeped in cycling history and folklore.
During the 6 stages of our Pyrenean Cols Experience your legs will take on the same challenges as many of the pro riders that visit the area as part of Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana.
This classic ride is not to be missed and is your opportunity to bag some of these famous climbs including the Tourmalet, Aubisque, Marie Blanc, Aspin, and Peyresourde.
The Ultimate Pyrenean Cols of the Tour de France is a must do for every cyclist. You will be blown away by the beauty of the Pyrenean mountain range as you tackle some of the most historic climbs from the Tour de France and Vuelta es Espana.
During the Ultimate Pyrenean Cols of the Tour de France ride you will be staying in good quality guest Houses and 2*/3* hotels in twin / triple rooms with a shower and a toilet.
Thursday 23rd August - Arrival Narbonne:
Rising majestically from the warm waters of the Mediterranean to the wild Atlantic Ocean the Pyrenees forms a natural barrier between Spain and France and a cyclists paradise. This 7 day transit will offer a true challenge and a must on the cyclists hit list as you pass numerous classic alpine cols.
Friday 24th August - Narbonne-Quillan, 115 km, +1800 m, Route via a number of small cols of the Corbières:
Departing the beautiful Mediterranean coast in the charming town of Narbonne you will enjoy a gentle warm up in the foothills of the high Pyrenees as you pass through Corbières and onto Quillan in the valley of the Aude.
Saturday 25th August - Quillan-Tarascon, 115 km, +2200 m, Route via Port de Pailhères, Corniches de l’Ariège:
Day two sees our route turn south and head through towards the high Pyrenees passing over the Col de Chioula (1431 m) as you continue towards the first of your two thousand meter cols, the Port de Pailhières (2001 m). After passing the col you enjoy meandering small mountain roads of the Corniches de l’Ariège we descend to Tarascon.
Sunday 26th August - Tarascon-Saint Girons 100km +2500m, Port de Lers, Col d’Agnès, Col de Latrape:
Three big col’s that were made prominent during the 2017 Tour de France make up today’s ride with the Port de Lers (1517 m), Col d’Agnès (1570 m) and Col de Latrape (1110 m) all part of today’s route. Throughout the day you will flirt with the Spanish border as you ride through luscious Alpine mountain meadows finally arriving into your overnight accommodation for the evening.
Monday 27th August - Saint Girons-Arreau, 115km, +2500m, Route via Port d’Aspet, Mente and Peyrsourde:
Two more famous Tour cols await today with the historic Portet d’Aspet (1069 m), followed by the pleasant Col des Ares (797 m). After these first two col’s you some respite with a long flat section into the town of Luchhon. With the leg’s recharged the beautiful Col de Peyresourde (1569 m) awaits made famous from Chris Froomes “unorthodox” attack during the 2016 tour. After an enjoyable descent the town of Arreau on the banks of the river Neste du Louron will be ready to welcome you.
Tuesday 28th August - Rest Day
Wednesday 29th August - Arreau-Argelès Gazost, 80 km, +2100 m, Route via the Aspin and the Tourmalet:
Following your rest day the Col d’Aspin (1489 m) awaits before the jewel of the Pyrenean crown and the high point of this ride the mighty Col du Tourmalet (2115 m) is scaled. A long and sweeping descent is your reward into the holiday village of Argelès-Gazost and your overnight accommodation for the evening.
Thursday 30th August - Argelès Gazost-Tardets, 115 km, +2500 m, Route via the Aubisque and the Marie-Blanque:
The penultimate day of your Pyrenean transit sees asscents of the Col d’Aubisque (1709 m) and the Col de Marie-Blanque (1035 m) as the high mountains start to give way to rolling hills as you start to near the Atlantic. Tardets is your overnight accommodation for your final night in the saddle.
Friday 31st August - Tardets-St Jean de Luz, 125 km, +1900 m, Route via Osquich, Ispéguy and Otxondo:
The final day through the French and Spanish Basque country offers o few short friendly climbs Col d’Osquich (500 m) and the charming Col d’Ispéguy (690 m) and the finally slightly tougher Puerto de Otxondo (602 m). Following the Oxtondo there is nothing left standing in your way of your end destination of Saint Jean de Luz and the wild Atlantic Ocean.
Saturday 1st September - St Jean de Luz-Narbonne. Journey taken by train, about 6 hours travel time
Sunday 2nd September - Departure Narbonne
Fully Supported Ultimate Pyrenean Ride – Thursday 23rd August to Sunday 2nd September:
£1015 per person based on sharing a room with 2 single beds
£209 supplement for the sole occupancy of a single room
Included in group travel:
- travel guidance and technical assistance
- combined luggage and trailer
- lunch packs, fruit and energy cookies (not on rest days)
- tourist tax
- daily breakfast and dinner, This includes dinner on day of arrival to breakfast on day of departure
- Accommodation in good quality Guest Houses and 2*/3* hotels in twin / triple rooms, usually with shower and toilet
- directions (on paper and as a gps file)
- Return transport back to St Jean de Luz-Narbonne
- Return bike transport back to St Jean de Luz-Narbonne
Excluding Group Travel:
- Transfers to the start and finish journey and / or place of residence
- drinks at and after the evening meal
- surcharge single rooms
- Registration fee for cycling portfolios or Carnets
- Travel insurance – please visit our insurance page
HOW TO BOOK:
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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit, plus full payment of the stadium seat ticket fee, which is non refundable. 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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A medical certificate is not required for this event.
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.
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.