Classic Cols

The Classic Cols of the Tour de France.

There is no such easy thing as an easy ride up a mountain remember all the climbs in the Pyrenees go upwards for considerable long distances. It is not always a pleasant adventure at the time, but it is always a most glorious undertaking in the aftermath.

Getting over a Col in the Pyrenees gives you no licence to say you have conquered that Col for good and for all, another box ticked, no we are sorry all we can say is that on this day the mountain did not defeat you.

No one can ride the mountain for you.

All we can do at Pyrenees Cycling, is offer you is encouragement and advice. Approach your quest in the high Cols with a certain humility and don’t punish yourself any more than the gradients and kilometres will punish you.

This holiday inlcudes:-

  • Half board including breakfast, afternoon tea and fantastic home-cooked 3 course meals every night(Except Wed our night off).
  • Return transfers from/to Pau airport(1hr 15min Transfer) or Lourdes airport(40 min Transfer) or train station(30 min Transfer)
  • Cereal bars and energy drink to keep you fuelled-up.
  • Secure storage for your bikes we know how much you love them!
  •  Vehicle and driver back up for major break downs…

The tour does not include:- 

  • Food on the road.
  • Wine, beer or any hotel extras e.g. washing of kit that may added to room, need to be paid for on check out from Hotel.

-You will be staying for 7 nights and riding for 5/6 days at Les Sorbiers our fine Napoleonic hotel in the heart of the Pyrenees.

Brief itinerary some days may change depending on weather conditions, but generally we ride in all conditions except snow!!!!

 

Day 1 Sunday -
Easy day to start gentle roll down to the valley bottom ride will take us round to Argeles Gazost along Voie Vert – The Green Way, an old railway line with Tarmac surface and an excellent place away from any traffic, to grips with our 1st the ski station of Hautacam then a return ride to Bareges part way up the Tourmalet.

Day 2 Monday -
Warm up for those this is one long climb and start from the Town of Luz St Sauveur we head up the valley past the Pic du Bergons as we ride close to the edge of the Gave du Gavarnie towards the village of Gedre this is the easy part once into Gavarnie village we swing a right and head up the Port du Boucharo and the Spanish border a total of 32kms. Our return sees us ride past the Pont Napoleon for all those with an extra Col in their legs Luz Ardiden is just waiting to be ridden.

Day 3 Tuesday-
The Tour – This is the Tourmalet from Bagneres de Bigorre side after descending the valley again takes us past the bottom of Hautacam onto a small unknown climb of the Croix Blanche first takes through the picturesque valley of Castelloubon to Juncalas where we start the climb of the Croix Blanche sometimes used in the Tour de France well used by cyclists not by cars. We descend to Trebons where we start climbing all the way to the top of the Tourmalet see you at the top.

Day 4 Wednesday -
Is our day off it can be yours too, but we can guide you to other Cols in the area or you can have a relaxing day in the village at the thermal spa the highest in France for a massage or a Bain Hydroxeur ask us you will not be disappointed!!!

Day 5 Thursday -
Another big day see us tackle the Col d’Aubisque through the valley d’Ossau on to Eaux Bonnes and after Gourette the hard side of the Col makes today’s ride a long one and the support vehicle will be in attendance for all those who would prefer not to ride back up the gorge.

Day 6 Friday -
Our last day take us where ever you want to go a short ride round Luz then back up the Tourmalet to summit the side we have not yet done, or up and over to the Col du Aspin, another possibility is Cauterets and up Valley de Jeret and up the steep climb to Pont d’Espagne or alternatively to the Station du Lys. The possibilities are endless for your last day and if you wanted to do 2 weeks then we have more than enough climbs to see you do a different one each day. We look forward to riding the Classic Cols of the Pyrenees with you.

*Please check our prices page for Tour dates.

Classic Cols €585.00 - £545.00

Single Suppl €85.00  £75.00