TOUR DE FRANCE 2022

You need this – After 2 years of lockdown….. a fantastic week in the Pyrenees to watch 3 stages of the TdF

Tour De France Holiday Package

Our 2022 Tour de France special will run from the 16th to the 23rd July 2022.  This is a friendly low key tour based from our centre in the heart of the French Pyrenees and with two nights in a hotel to get us closer to the Tour action.  From picking up from Toulouse airport, home cooked, home grown 3 course meals and very comfortable accommodation, we will look after you throughout.

This will be our 18th Tour de France in the Pyrenees, so we know what goes on and we will get to watch three mountain stages, the Mer de Péguére, the Peyragudes and the Hautacam. You will also have the chance to ride the Giant of the Pyrenees, the Col du Tourmalet .  Lots of riding if you want to or treat it as a relaxing holiday and just ride to the viewing points along the way.  This is a holiday for you and we will be there all the way.

ITINERARY

Arrival Day 1 – Saturday 16th July

The Pyrenean stages are the final week of the 2022 Tour de France.  We will pick you up from Toulouse (Blagnac) airport around midday and transfer you back to base in the centre of the Pyrenees.  Our purposely renovated cycling lodge will be your home for the week here you can build up your bikes using our workshop or have your rental bike fitted by our qualified mechanic.  We will then take a warm up ride to St Bertrand de Comminges for a coffee and get to know everyone.

 

 

Day 2 – Sunday 17th July

After a relaxing breakfast on the terrace we will head out for your first taste of the mountains.  There are two options on todays ride, the Col des Ares Loop (48Km) or the slightly longer Col de Menté Loop (77Km).  Both will be nice introductions to climbing and also descending.  There is never any pressure to keep within a group as there are always meet up points (mainly on the tops of the climbs and at the bottom).

After stopping for lunch it is back to base where you can relax by the pool or watch the final run in of Stage 15 Rodez to Carcassone on the large TV in the very comfortable lounge.

We will have our evening briefing for the next day on the terrace before a fantastic home cooked evening meal with plenty of wine and chatter.

Day 3 – Transfer to Seix

It is a rest day for the Tour de France.  After breakfast we will head out on the bikes to our overnight stay in the small town of Seix.  This ride will include the infamous Col de Portet d’Aspet and the Col de la Core.  The support vehicle will be with you throughout the ride so you can choose how much you would like to ride.  Todays route is stunning and the final recent into the town of Seix is very welcome.  

 

Day 4 – Mur de Péguére (Stage 16 Carcassone > Foix)

Another leisurely breakfast as the Tour will not start until around 11:30.  We head down the valley to the town of Massat where the paraphonalia of the Tour will be everywhere as the the race passes through later today.  We will start the Col de Port which is a nice gentle climb and then take a left up to the Mur de Peguere which is as described, a vertical nightmare.  If we are allowed by the friendly Gendarmerie, we will ride part way up to set up to watch the Pro’s grimace on the final climb of the stage into Foix.

After the stage passes thru we will descend back down to the vehicles and the drive back to Luscan stopping for a meal in a local restaurant.

Day 5 – Peyragudes (Stage 17 St Gaudens > Peyragudes)

We will ride to this mountain top finish today.  The support vehicle will be going as far as the Col de Peyresourde which is the main climb of the day before we head down the other side for about 3 km and taking a left to the start of the Peyragudes climb.  This slightly steeper section is on a few kilometres long and heads past the famous James Bond airstrip…. one of the steepest in the world.

After the stage finish it is the return journey, descending the Peyresourde and the ride back down the valley to base and another home cooked meal on the terrace.  you can watch the highlights in the lounge and try and spot yourself on the media coverage….. 

Day 6 – Hautacam (Stage 18 Lourdes > Hautacam)

We head off early this morning in both vehicles and bikes packs in the trailers.  It is a 60 min transfer to Argelès-Gazost which will be our over night stay.  After a short spin into the town to see what they have done for the passage of the pro riders, we will follow the route to the mountain top finish the Hautacam.  This is an epic climb and will be the 6th time the Tour has finished on the summit.  

We will head back down to Argelès-Gazost  after the tour has finished and grab a coffee or maybe a beer before spinning back to the hotel for a meal in the restaurant.  We will brief you on the next days ride…..the Giant of them all and missing from this years tour, the Col du Tourmalet.

Day 7 – Transfer to Luchon…… via the Col du Tourmalet

We will head off nice and early, straight up the valley towards Luz St Sauveur which is the base of the most famous climb in the Tour de France which has passed over it’s summit 59 times.  The support vehicles will be leap frogging the group all day so you will have access to snacks, coffee / tea, water and coke all day.  the summit will not look the same as the building of a new experience centre is taking place but your feeling of achievement will make up it and the photo in front of the sign to seal the deal is a must.  We will descend to St Marie de Campan and then take the road to the Col d’Aspin and lunch at the small village of Payolle.

You can then decide to ride back to base over the Col d’Aspin or take a ride.   We will have our final meal on the terrace and can chat and laugh about the previous week.  What a trip!!

Day 8 – Transfer to Airport

It is an early transfer this morning and after a coffee and a croissant we will get you to the airport for 9am.  

You should be feeling relaxed but a slight tinge of tiredness, ready for your next challenge….. maybe stay on for the Tour of the Basque Country :o)

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TOUR SUMMARY

  • Price: €1250 (based on twin share)
    Tour Dates
    – 16th to 23rd July 2022
  • Start Location – Toulouse (see travel details)
  • End Location – Toulouse (see travel details)
  • Total Tour Distance:
    – Full – ? Km (? Miles)
  • Total Climbing Distance:
    – Full – ? m (? ft)
  • 6 days of riding
  • Accommodation – Pyrenees Multisport & 3* Hotels

Tour Difficulty – 2 Cogs (further details)

FULL PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Accommodation at Pyrenees Multisport 3 nights
  • Hotels for 3 nights
  • All Breakfasts & Evening Meals (3 courses with wine)
  • Experienced ride guide
  • Vehicle support throughout (Hot & Cold drinks, Snacks)
  • Road Book & daily GPS Route files
  • Watch 3 Tour de France stages
  • Qualified Mechanic support throughout.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Holiday insurance
  • Flights
  • Lunches (taken at the café stops)
 

BIKE RENTAL

  • Rose Carbon Team GF4
  • Shimano 105 Compact Crankset

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