Our 2018 Tour de France special will run from Saturday 21st to Saturday 28th July 2018. This is a friendly low key tour based from our centre in the heart of the French Pyrenees. From picking up from Toulouse airport, home cooked 3 course meals and very comfortable accommodation, we will look after you throughout.
This will be our 14th Tour de France in the Pyrenees, so we know what goes on and we will get to watch 4 of the stages, 3 in the mountains and a start. Lots of riding if you want to or treat it as a touristique event and just ride to the viewing points along the way.
Airport transfers from Toulouse back to our base in Luscan, in the heart of the Pyrenees.
We will help you build up your bikes or set up your rental before a picnic lunch on the terrace.
Then it is time for a nice spin around the country lanes. Nothing strenuous and of course we finish at a café, this time in the historic village of St Bertrand de Comminges
A quick briefing on the terrace before a fantastic home cooked evening meal with plenty of wine and chatter.
We will ride out to the Col du Portilon which is the final climb on Stage 16 into Luchon. You can recreate the attacks and tactics on this category 1 climb before descending into Bagneres de Luchon for some lunch. Then it is a nice trot down the valley back to base.
Plenty of time in the afternoon to relax on the terrace or dip those legs into the endless pool.
Or catch up on the days action on the TV
The Tour this year forgot about the Port de Balés in favour of the Tourmalet. Well we can't let you come to the Pyrenees without riding this famous climb. The start is only 10 km from the door and the summit is 30 Km. It is a spectacular ascent. We will also take a slow ride up to the Col de Peyresourde for some lunch at the cabin café.
We will drop down and back along the valley home for another lazy afternoon.
During the evening meal we will go through the plans for the first Tour de France stage tomorrow.... so exciting!!
This is a big ride for the pros today. We are lucky enough to be located not far from the Col de Menté which is the penultimate climb of the stage. We will need to head out early to avoid the strict road closures and the wrath of the Gendarme.
We will set ourselves up in a great viewing spot and enjoy the throng of cyclists passing, then the publicity caravan and then, of course, the riders. We have to wait for the Fin de Course truck to pass before following the riders down to the base and turning right for home - we have already ridden the Portillon.... remember!!
Todays stage is really short for the Tour de France but quite lumpy
Another early start to beat the Gendarmerie - we will make every effort to get to the Col d'Azet which is a spectacular climb from the lake in Loudenvielle. But the Peyresourde is just a good. But watch out, don't blink as the riders will fly by on this sprint of a stage.
It is a flat stage today so we will drive out tot he start in Trie Sur Baisse. We will take the bikes so you can get into the centre to witness the pros signing on and riding around signing autographs (or now, a selfie or two). It is always good fun as the starts seem chaotic and so busy. And then the gun goes off and the riders disappear.
You can dump all your goodies into the van and we will take a leisure ride back to base along the rolling lanes. It is always a challenge to see if we can get back to base before they arrive in Pau.
It seems a lot of early starts but even though the Tour riders do not go off until 11 or 12 some days the roads are pretty much closed from 9am. So we will drive to the base of the Tourmalet and off load the bikes for our ride up to the top (don't take any risks, get there is you can and drop back down to the viewing point). We will be at the viewing point and wait for the now tired pros to bumble past. The Tourmalet is always a fantastic day.
We will ride down to the little ski town of Payolle for some lunch before driving back to base.
Tonight we will go out to a local restaurant (chef's night off) and chat about the days stage. Bikes will be packed and you can now relax a little more.
We transfer back to Toulouse today in readiness for the morning flights. Or you can carry on your holiday in France by taking a flight to Paris to see finish on the Champs-Elysees . We can help you with this onward journey... just ask. Or you can stay on at our place for more cycling, walking or just to relax.
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