Tour Ultime

The Ultimate Pyrenean Bike Tour


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.


ITINERARY

Day 1 - [Saturday] Arrivals & Transfers


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.

Hautaget Loop

48 Km (628m of climbing)

Climb Highlights

Côte d'Hautaget, Côte de Bizes

Day 2 - [Sunday] Luscan to Argéles Gazost


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.

Argelés-Gazost to Luscan

99Km (1,888m of climbing)

Climb Highlights

Col de Lingous (575m)
Côte de Germs (866m)
Col de Saoucede (834m)
Col des Palomieres (810m)
Couret d'Asque (619m)
Col de Coupe (732m)

Day 3 - [Monday] Stage 8 TdF - Argéles Gazost to Luscan


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.

Stage 8 Argéles Gazost to Luscan


Climb Highlights

Col du Tourmalet (2,115m)
Hourquette de Ancizan (1,564m)
Col d'abet (1,586m)
Col de Peyresourde (1,569m)

Day 4 - [Tuesday] Luscan to Sort


Tri Country Tour Stage 1

Your legs will be feeling it a little this morning so only one climb today. This is the first leg of the Tri Country Tour and also takes in the first part of Stage 9 of the Tour de France which starts off from the Spanish town of Veilha. We will stop there for a coffee before heading up to the Hors Category climb of the Port de la Bonaigua. Todays effort is over as it is 60km downhill to Sort and you will be there in plenty of time to soak your weary legs in the freezing waters of the river in front of the hotel.

Luscan to Sort


Climb Highlights

Port de la Bonaigua (2,074m)

Day 5 - [Wednesday] Sort to Tarascon-sur-Ariége


Tri Country Tour Stage 2

Another big day today with second leg of the Tri Country Tour and the second part of Stage 9 of the Tour de France. We will head over the Col d'El Canto which starts right out of the hotel. It is a long but gentle climb and is perfect for watching the sunrise over the Pyrenees. Then we head into the metropolis in the heart of the mountains, the Principality of Andorra. From here there are two options, firstly to ride to the top of the Port d'Envalira, the hight pass in the Pyrenees. Or secondly follow the 2nd half of yesterday Tour Stage over the Côte de la Comella and the Col de Beixalis before taking on the Envalira.
Then it is a long, long descent down the valley and back into France and our hotel for the night in Tarascon-sur-Ariege.

Sort to Tarascon-sur-Ariége


Climb Highlights

Col d'El Canto [1,721m]
Côte de la Comella [1,347m]
Col de Beixalis [1,796m]

Day 6 - [Thursday] Tarascon-sur-Ariége to Luscan


Tri Country Tour Stage 3

Final leg of our Tri Country "Mini" tour will start on the Col de Port. Another gentl'ish climb out of Tarascon and into the Massat valley. This is a nice downwards false flat all the way to lunch in St Girons. Soon after leaving St Girons we will start climbing the Col de Portet d'Aspet which is famous for the memorial to Fabio Casartelli. We will descend very carefully before tackling the final challenge of the day the Col des Ares which conveniently drops down very close to home in Luscan.
That concludes the Tri Country Tour and a great achievement of 3 countries in 3 days.

Tarascon-Sur-Ariége to Luscan

122.7Km (2,530m of climbing)

Climb Highlights

Col de Port (1,250m)
Col de Portet d'Aspet (1,069m)
Col de Buret (599m)
Col des Ares (797m)

Day 7 - [Friday] Col de Menté Loop


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.

Col de Menté Loop

73 Km (1,680m of climbing)

Climb Highlights

Col de Buret (599m)
Col des Ares (797m),
Col de Menté (1,344m)
Day-7-'16-Menté-Loop-PROFILE

Day 8 - [Saturday] Airport Transfers


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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