Week In The Pyrenees

Week In The Pyrenees

Ride the Classic Climbs of the Pyrenees and see the Tour de France

TRIP DETAILS:

Duration: 7 days (6 nights)
Dates: Sunday, 15 July to Saturday, 21 July 2012
Start: Toulouse Finish: Lourdes or Toulouse Blagnac Airport
Accommodation: 3 star Toulouse hotel & Quality Family Run 2 star hotel
Group Size: Maximum 22 people (4 Staff)
Cost: AUD$2950.00 – Single Supplement AUD$490.00 (very limited)
Deposit: AUD $1000.00
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room.

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Inclusions

Optional Extras:

Bike Rental $360.00 (Cannondale Synapse carbon fibre)
Paris Triomphe Package (Final day)
Grand Palais Seating (Final day)
Pre or post tour accommodation to extend your stay
Travel Insurance and Car Rental.
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Highlights:

  • See 3 stages live
  • Small group trip
  • Riding focused, cyclists only
  • Great Riding including Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aubisque and many more
  • 1 night Toulouse, 5 nights Argeles Gazost

Who is this trip for?

Our Pyrenees Week for Cyclists Only starts in Toulouse with a night at our nice 3 star hotel near to the airport. From here we will be off to see the stage start in Samatan followed by 5 nights in Argeles Gazost where we will base ourselves to follow the Tour through the Pyrenees and rode our bikes on famous climbs. The trip is designed for those who are keen to ride their bikes combined with some race viewing.  We will ride some of the famous climbs of the Pyrenees including Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aubisque, Col de Menté, Col des Ares, Luz Ardiden, Hautacam and Port de Bales.

The trip is geared to suit anyone with an interest in Cycling who wants to see the biggest of the Grand Tours, the Tour de France. This (and riding our bikes) is our main focus for the trip although this trip will incorporate some tourist days as well. We cater for cyclists of all abilities by providing riding options each day. To enjoy our trips you don’t need to be an athlete, but do need to be someone who cycles regularly and in good health. Each day we’ll have options for rides to suit people of who feel like a challenge, or an easy day enjoying the scenery. We ride on quiet scenic roads and where possible we ride on the race course ahead of the race. As with all of our tours you’ll be guided by our expert team of ride leaders, drivers and guides.

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Itinerary

Sunday, 15 July 2012: Bonjour

Our tour starts today with our staff meeting you as you arrive in Toulouse, with a transfer to our 4 star hotel just near the airport. Toulouse is easily reached by train from Paris, or by flights from many European airports. If you need any suggestions please feel free to email us.

As the old capital of Languedoc and France’s fourth-largest city, Toulouse (known as la ville en rose, or the city in pink) is the major city of the southwest, and the gateway to the Pyrenees mountain range. It is an ancient city with a stormy history. Complimenting this distinguished history, Toulouse is also a city of the future and the high-tech centre of the aerospace industry in France. It is home to Airbus and Aérospatiale — and the National Centre for Space Research has been headquartered here for more than 3 decades. The extraordinarily high population of students, some 110,000 out of a population of more than 800,000, also contributes to the pulse of the city.

Once we’ve got you settled into the hotel we will assemble bikes and take a short local ride to make sure you and your bike are all in good working order after your long journey.

Tonight we will have a welcome dinner where you will meet your fellow travellers and where our staff will answer all your questions on your upcoming adventure.

Overnight: Toulouse (Midi Pyrenees)
Meals: Dinner

Monday, 16 July 2012: See the Start in Samatan

This morning we will leave the hotel and drive to the start in Samatan. Stage starts are great and a must see. The caravane departing, the riders signing on and the festive atmosphere will carry you away! Don’t forget to get that autograph of that photo.

We expect a later start due to the short distance of the stage so this will allow plenty of time to see the riders and take a good look around the race start.

After the race we will have a short ride of around 50 kilometres to turn the legs over before another big day tomorrow. We will be riding in the Gers region (pronounced jess) of the Midi Pyrenees, which on a good day offers staggering views of the Pyrenees to the south as you ride along the quiet rural roads. It is a very lightly populated area, with some of the cleanest air in Europe!

We will meet the bus in Aurignac for our transfer to Argeles-Gazost, our base for the next 5 nights. An attractive small town in the department of Hautes -Pyrénées, it is often visited by the Tour de France due to it’s location in the valley between two of the most famous climbs, Col du Tourmalet and Col d’Aubisque. In the winter it relies on the ski trade and in the summer is a popular centre for walkers attracted to the many “randonées” in the Cauterets and Gavarnie valleys and Parc National des Pyrénées.

Home for our trip is a small family run 2 star hotel of just 18 rooms, it is located close to the town centre. For relaxation off the bike the hotel has pleasant gardens and a swimming pool, while the hotel’s restaurant will keep us fuelled for our on bike activities.

Overnight: Argeles Gazost (Pyrenees)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Tuesday, 17 July 2012: Ride the Mighty Tourmalet

TourmaletThe professionals have a rest day today, and they’ll certainly need it after 8 straight days of racing in the Alpes and Pyrenees. It isn’t a rest day for us however and we will offer a couple of ride options today up the mighty Col du Tourmalet.

We chose this ride today as it allows you time to do it at your leisure. Our longer ride today will be a 100km loop which will take us to the small village of St Marie de Campan, from where we ascend the eastern slope of the Tourmalet, descending down the western side and back to our hotel in Argeles-Gazost. The shorter route will still travel to the Valley where we start our ascent up the western side of Tourmalet, using the same route the professionals will ride tomorrow from our village. This ascent on this route is longer and it’s a total return ride of 75kms. Easier options will be available of course for those not wanting such a tough day.

Overnight: Argeles Gazost (Pyrenees)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Wednesday, 18 July 2012: See the Race on the Famous Col d’Aubisque

Today we are in an excellent location again to see the race and take the opportunity to tackle another of the epic climbs in Tour history, Col d’Aubisque. The Col d’Aubisque is both beautiful and difficult and will give you a memorable day.

We have two options for riding today. The more difficult of the two will be to travel up the bikepath that connects Argeles to Lourdes and then towards Pau before tackling the climb up the middle (which is one of 3 options to climb the Aubisque) where we will intersect the road at the Col du Soulor. From here you can choose to stay to see the race pass here or turn right and head across to the Col d’Aubisque along the ridge that joins these two cols (Cirque du Litor). It is one of the most beautiful roads in France.

The second option will be a ride from Argeles Gazost and then onto the course following the Gorge du Luz to Luz St Saveur at the base of the Tourmalet and see the race there.

After the race has passed and we have cheered on the grupetto who will need all our encouragement to get to the finish, each group will return to Argeles to see the last hour of the race on TV.

Of course the other option is to do one of these rides and return to the hotel for a shower (or a swim) and watch the race on TV with a refreshing drink in hand.

Overnight: Argeles Gazost (Pyrenees)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Thursday, 19 July 2012: See the Race in the Beautiful Pyrenees, Port de Bales

Today we will head across a few valleys to see the race on one of the newcomers to Tour de France history. Today the Port de Bales will be climbed for only the third time in the Tour. This once little known climb remained virtually impassable until resurfaced during the summer of 2006. This was partly done at the instigation of the Tour de France who were looking for new challenges with which to confront the riders. The 2007 Tour de France crossed the col for the first time on stage 15 and in the 2010 Tour de France the col was crossed during stage 15 which began in Pamiers and ended in Bagnères-de-Luchon. Starting from Mauléon Barousse, the Port de Bales stands at 1755 m with an ascent of 18.9 kilometres and an average percentage of 6.3 %.

Our ride options today will be to ride 80 kilometres from the hotel to the base of the climb and then up the climb to see the race pass and then return to catch the bus home afterwards. Should you make it to the top your ride distance will be approximately 125 kilometres.

Or your second option will be to take the bus out to a point near the base of the climb. From here it seems quite possible to see the race twice by riding up the valley to the Col de Mente and onto the lower slopes, see the riders pass here and then return down the valley and across to Mauleon Barousse at the base of the Port de Bales to see them again there. Then after seeing the race pass, returning to meet the bus for the trip home.

Overnight: Argeles Gazost (Pyrenees)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Friday, 20 July 2012: Ride the Mystical Luz Ardiden

Today is our last riding day and we intend to make it a memorable one for you. From our hotel we will leave for the relatively short ride to the base of Luz Ardiden where we will climb to the top of this famous climb. We will ride to the base via the Gorges de Luz to Luz St-Sauveur. There we turn right for the skistation Luz Ardiden (1720 metres). The first 7 km of the 14.7 kilometre climb are pretty steep. About halfway up the climb, it gets a bit more modest with a km of about 5%. But the lasts kms are again quite hard.

Part two of our day (or part one if you choose to skip Luz Ardiden) will see us heading back towards the hotel and then past the hotel and onwards up to another of the Tours famous climbs, the skistation of Hautacam. The top of the Hautacam is 1520 meter however the road continues to the Col de Tramassel at 1635 meter.

The first few kilometres after Argeles are downhill but you soon you get a hard section of 10%+ before a small descent. Now, you’re close to the hardest part of the climb near Saint-Andre there is 3 kilometers of 9-10% on average. After this the climb continues to be consistent, never really going below 8% until the top.

After photos at the top we will return to the hotel for a well earned rest. Congratulations you have made it through the week in the Pyrenees.

This afternoon we will pack our bikes and tonight have a final dinner and celebrate the week with our new cycling friends.

Overnight: Argeles Gazost (Pyrenees)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Saturday, 21 July 2012: Au Revoir

Its farewell to your new friends as our tour comes to an end this morning. We will provide a scheduled transfer this morning to Lourdes rail station, as well as Toulouse Blagnac airport for those with flights out this afternoon.

It is the final day of our tour. Over the past week you’ve experienced the excitement of the Tour de France up close, challenged yourself over some famous climbs and hopefully had an unforgettable holiday with Bikestyle Tours. We hope we see you again one day.

Meals: Breakfast

If you wish to continue onto Paris we can help arrange your transfer and a package to help!

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Inclusions

Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:
-Services of our experienced tour guides, plus our coach driver
-Transfers on Sunday, 15 July from Toulouse Blagnac Airport to hotel
-Transfer on Saturday, 21 July to Lourdes Train Station or Toulouse Blagnac Airport
-5 night’s accommodation in a quality 2 star hotel and 1 night in a 3 star hotel
-Buffet breakfast daily
-3 course evening meal every night
-Mechanical assistance with your bike
-Sightseeing as listed
-Maps and Bikestyle guide to the Tour de France
-Bikestyle Tours cycling jersey, cap and musette bag

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Week In The Pyrenees ($1000pp) 

Week In The Pyrenees Bicycle Hire $360.00 

Grand Palais Champs Elysees Seating $390.00 

Triomphe Champs Elysees Hospitality $730.00 

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Tick the box to accept the Bikestyle Waiver and Reservation Conditions. If renting a bicycle you also agree to our Bicycle rental Conditions

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  • * We charge for our trips in Australian Dollars (AUD) and prices shown in other currencies are only approximate. We advise that you check the exchange rate before booking.

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