This 7 day very relaxed and informal Tour de France holiday package takes in 3 of the Pyrenean stages of the 2017 Tour de France as well as riding some of the classics, including the Col du Tourmalet, Port de Balés, Col de Menté and the Portet d’Aspet.
This is a fully inclusive tour including all transfers, accommodation, breakfasts, evening meals, vehicle and guide support. You will fly into Toulouse airport on the Wednesday where our Pyrenees Multisport vehicles will transport you back to our Pyrenean Base in Luscan at the foothills of some of the most famous climbs of the Tour de France. You will spend 7 nights in the Pyrenees split between Luscan & Argelés Gazost, where you will be part of the excitement on 2 of the Tour de France mountain stages and 1 stage start in Blagnac.
We say “relaxed and informal” as we want you to feel like our own cycling buddies as we ride through the mountains and watch the riders go by. It is so much fun to jump and dance about when fighting for the goodies from the publicity caravan. Our base is homely and comfortable and we will take care of all your needs, including on the road with our support vehicles and guides. We are longtime cyclists and know exactly what you need….and some.
On Saturday we head back to Toulouse and the airport for home or you can carry on with your holiday by going into he Alps or up to Paris to watch the finish.
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 sort our 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.
It is Stage 12 of the Tour de France today and the riders will be starting from the town of Pau, they will wind them selves around the mountains to us where we will meet them on the highest climb of the day, the Port de Balés.
Soon after breakfast we will take a gentle ride to the base of the climb which is only 10km from the door. Take your time and get your photo at the summit before heading back down to the support vehicle and settle in for the Publicity Caravan to pass and then soon after the Pro Riders, but don't watch the tour through your camera, take in the whole experience and just blind 'click'. It is just too exciting to describe!!
Then it is a quick descent home to watch the highlights and try and see if you made it on the TV..... no running and blocking the riders though just to get on TV!!
A slightly earlier start this morning as we transfer over into the next valley and the Ariége. We will cycle down to Seix and then the start of the first climb on todays Stage 13. Col de Latrappe is not to bad and the café on the top will be our base for watching the riders go through.
Once the "Fin de Course" car has passed we will retrace our steps and get a quick snack in the village of Seix before climbing back to the vehicles on top of the Col de la Core.
There are options to ride back for those who wish to.
A rest day from the bike today. We head off to Blagnac (where the airport is) and the start of Stage 14. You will be able to get close up to your heroes and watch the sign in. There will be plenty of opportunity to watch the riders preparing for the race and even get to chat with them.
Once the race has started we will head into Toulouse where you can wander about at your leisure. We will pick up late afternoon for the transfer back to base.
On Stage 12 this year the Pro Riders rode the Col des Ares and the Col de Menté before we saw them on the Port de Balés. It is now our turn and we will head out to the Category 3 climb, the Col des Ares, hop over the Col du Buret and onto the Menté.
This is our favourite climb with the many switchbacks at the top twisting and turning and providing a fantastic view of where you have just come from. Then lunch at the top at a very convenient café before descending down to St Beat and the valley road home.
You can always add in the Col de Portet d'Aspet as an option just before the Col de Menté - short but sharp and remember to turn around at the top.
The first of our two point to point stages today. We ride out passing the Cathedral of St Bertand de Comminges which you visited earlier in the week. Then we head into the region of the Baronnies, a beautiful area of rolling terrain with the most notable climb of the day coming just before coffee, the Col des Palomieres. Then there are a couple of short but steep climbs that take us over into the next valley. We head up the valley on the totally pan flat cycle path that used to be the railway line from Lourdes (no heavenly intervention on this ride, I am afraid).
Argelés is quite a big town and well worth a walk and a dew drinks in the local bars. There is even a lift up to street level which will help those weary legs.
First on the agenda today is the giant of them all, the Col du Tourmalet. You do have a nice 15Km warm up before the climb starts, don’t push it too hard. At the top there is the famous café and of course the Giant itself. Descending down is just the reward you need before heading up to the Col d'Aspin, a comfortable climb and not too long.
We will have lunch at the X-Country Ski station at Payolle, which is half way up the Col d'Aspin. You will have time to reflect on the day and also whether you would like to tackle the Col de Peyresourde on the way home...... it is an option.
The descent of the Col d'Aspin has to be up in the top 5 descents of all time, so enjoy every moment of it. At the base is the decision point...... left over rolling country roads.......right is the Col de Peyresourde.
We transfer back to Toulouse today in readiness for the morning flights. Or you can stay in Toulouse or you can carry on your holiday in France by either taking a train or flight to the Alps or Paris to see more stages of the Tour. 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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