The ultimate bike tour combining some of the Pyrenean stages of this years Tour de France (2016) with some of the most famous climbs in cycling including our Tri Country Tour. This multi-base camp will test your legs on some epic rides throughout the central Pyrenees but lots of options if you would like to take it easier, all abilities are welcome on this holiday.
The tour will start from our base in Luscan and we will head over the valley into Argéles Gazost over some beautiful smaller climbs in the Baronnies region. From Argéles we will start Stage 8 of the 2016 Tour de France and will head over the Col du Tourmalet, Hourquette d’Ancizan, Col d’Azet and the Col de Peyresourde but as we started a few kilometres ahead we will finish a little further than Luchon and head home to Luscan.
We will then start our Tri Country Tour which will incorporate Stage 9 of the Tour de France. This will have us riding into Spain and over the Port de la Bonaigua and then to the town of Sort. The next day we will pass through the Principality of Andorra and over the highest pass in the Pyrenees, the Port d’Envalira finishing in in Tarascon. The final leg of this mini tour is from Tarascon to Luscan over the Col de Port and the Col de Portet d’Aspet which are regular favourites in past Tour de Frances.
We will end the week with a gentle ride over the Col de Menté
Various ride options available so you can do as much as you like or more. Fully supported throughout the tour with vehicle and experienced guide this camp allows you to ride without any worries at all.
We will transfer you from Toulouse airport back to our base in Luscan. After building your bikes and some lunch we will head out for short test ride to make sure everything is in working order, including the legs. The Hautget Loop takes in a a couple of gentle climbs over the rolling countryside of the Comminges. We will end with a short café stop at St Bertrand de Comminges famous for its 11th century cathedral.
Then it is a short ride home to get ready for your first of many 3 course dinners with as much wine as your legs can take. We will also chat about the upcoming rides through the week.
After a relaxing buffet breakfast we will organise our kit (night bag as we are staying over in a hotel) for the first ride of the week.
We head through the comings and into the Baronies region, a beautiful area of rolling terrain with the most notable climb of the day being just before, the Col des Palmoieres. After lunch we have two short but sharp climbs, notably the Côte de Germs. Then it is a twisting, rolling descent in to the river valley near to Lourdes and following the old railway line (now a bike path) we make our way to our hotel for the night in Argéles Gazost.
Early breakfast this morning as it is the first of the big days. There are a couple of options today but that is only towards the end. We will take on Stage 8 of the 2016 Tour de France. Down the valley to the Col du Tourmalet, the giant of the Pyrenees. We descend to St Marie de Campan and then onto the Hourquette d'Ancizan, an amazing climb through the forest park and out of the tree line to the summit. A very tight descent down to the next valley and the climb of the Col d'abet, winding its way up through tiny villages. From the top you will see the summit of the txt climb, the Col de Peyresourde. This is your last ascent before heading down the valley and home in Luscan.
There are options throughout the rides so if you are feeling it in the legs you can pick and choose your climbs.
After a relaxing buffet breakfast we will organise our kit for the last ride of the week. We will head out to the gentle slopes of the Col des Ares and the Col de Buret (the opposite direction to yesterday) before reaching the base of the final Category 1 climb of the tour, the Col de Menté, a regular ascent for the Tour de France. But as the pros would ride over the summit, we will stop for a spot of lunch at the café, it would be rude not too. We then descend into the valley and the town of St Béat and onto the road home.
It is then the sad part of the week when you need to pack bikes in readiness for tomorrows transfers. It will be the celebratory meal out at a restaurant tonight.
After an early breakfast we will transfer you back to Toulouse for the morning flights. You will be leaving a lot fitter, physically and most definitely mentally than when you arrived. Well Done!!
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