Cross Pyrenees Trip

Across the Pyrenees: Med to the Atlantic

Toulouse Airport Ride

47.61 km
Altitude range: 101 Meter (126 Meter to 227 Meter)
Total climb: 245 Meter Total descent: 245 Meter
Your 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.
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 our staff will answer all your questions on your upcoming adventure.

Overnight: Toulouse
Meals: Dinner

Day 1 Argeles to Prades

73.14 km
Altitude range: 622 Meter (2 Meter to 624 Meter)
Total climb: 1,143 Meter Total descent: 788 Meter
This morning we will drive the 2 ½ hours to Argeles sur Mer to begin our journey.
It’s a gentle start to the week with a 73k ride with no categorised climbs. The highest point is the church at Fontcouverte at 695m.
Overnight: Prades
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 2 Prades to Ax les Thermes

87.12 km
Altitude range: 1,668 Meter (332 Meter to 2,000 Meter)
Total climb: 3,292 Meter Total descent: 2,915 Meter
The ride begins in earnest today with two major climbs and a minor climb, the Col de Garavel. The nice thing is you’ll descend straight off the Pailheres to the hotel.
The two major climbs are:
The Col de Jau
Average: 5.9 %
Length: 13.6 km
Height start: 700 m
Height top: 1506 m
Gradient: 806 m

Col de Pailhères
Average: 8.2 %
Length: 10.6 km
Height start: 1130 m
Height top: 2001 m
Gradient: 871 m
Overnight: Ax les Thermes
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Ax les Thermes to Oust

75.56 km
Altitude range: 809 Meter (452 Meter to 1,261 Meter)
Total climb: 1,425 Meter Total descent: 1,656 Meter
It’s an easier day today after the rigours of yesterday. Just one climb and it’s a nice one too. The Col de Port is one of my favourites. You’ll stay at a regular stop for us, Oust. The hotel is famous for its good food.
The Col de Port
Average: 4.6 %
Length: 17 km
Height start: 473 m
Height top: 1250 m
Gradient: 777 m
Overnight: Oust
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Oust to Bagneres de Luchon

87.96 km
Altitude range: 916 Meter (488 Meter to 1,404 Meter)
Total climb: 2,472 Meter Total descent: 2,340 Meter
Today there are two climbs again but not so difficult. The first is the Col de la Core starting straight from the hotel. You then drop down to the base of your second climb, the Col de Portet d’Aspet, it’s not the most difficult climb, but known for its falls, not at least because of the fall causing the death of Fabio Casartelli. On the descent you will see the memorial at the point where he fell. The climb itself only has a difficult finish, after you pass Saint-Lary.

Col de la Core
Average: 6.4 %
Length: 13.8 km
Height start: 510 m
Height top: 1395 m
Gradient: 885 m

Col de Portet d’Aspet
Average: 3.1 %
Length: 18.14 km
Height start: 512 m
Height top: 1069 m
Gradient: 557 m

Overnight: Luchon
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Bagneres de Luchon to Bagneres de Bigorre

71.80 km
Altitude range: 1,017 Meter (549 Meter to 1,566 Meter)
Total climb: 2,084 Meter Total descent: 2,166 Meter
It’s the first of two big days today with the first of today’s climb starting soon after we leave the hotel.
The Peyresourde from Luchon is steady rather than a brute. However it is deceptively long so take it easy at the bottom. The descent takes you to Arreau where the second climb of the day starts, the Col d’Aspin. From this side it’s steeper but very beautiful. Once at the top it’s downhill nearly all the way to Bagneres de Bigorre.

Col de Peyresourde
Average: 6.1 %
Length: 15.27 km
Height start: 630 m
Height top: 1569 m
Gradient: 939 m

Col de l’Aspin
Average: 6.5 %
Length: 12 km
Height start: 710 m
Height top: 1489 m
Gradient: 779 m

Overnight: Bagneres de Bigorre
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Bagneres de Bigorre to Laruns

112.07 km
Altitude range: 1,703 Meter (434 Meter to 2,137 Meter)
Total climb: 4,682 Meter Total descent: 4,710 Meter
If you have a queen stage then today is it! Two of the mightiest climbs in the Pyrenees together with the longest distance of the trip as well.
We will leave Bagneres de Bigorre and retrace our steps to the base of the Tourmalet and begin the climb.
One of the “big three” in the tour, together with the Aubisque (to be climbed next) and the Galibier. The east-side (from Campan) is the most difficult side. The final 10 km constantly flirt with 10%! Once at the top there’s a good cafe and the big sculpture of the cyclist to be photographed under before descending down to Argeles Gazost for lunch. Once refreshed the afternoon can be spent climbing the double of the Col du Soulour and Col d’Aubisque. The first kilometers, till spa resort Eaux-bonnes, are fairly easy. It is only when you reach the Cascade de Valentin that things get really hard with a piece of 13%. From there till the top, it’s 8 km at 8% average. However the last part of the road between these two climbs is not very difficult and must be one of the nicest bits of road you will ever ride, especially on a nice day. Once at the top it’s downhill to the hotel!

Col du Tourmalet
Average: 7.4 %
Length: 17.2 km
Height start: 847 m
Height top: 2115 m
Gradient: 1268 m

Col de l’Aubisque
Average: 4.1 %
Length: 30.1 km
Height start: 463 m
Height top: 1710 m
Gradient: 1247 m

Overnight: Laruns
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 Laruns to Saint-Jean-Pied-de Port

99.43 km
Altitude range: 941 Meter (161 Meter to 1,102 Meter)
Total climb: 2,658 Meter Total descent: 3,010 Meter
The last difficult day of your journey. Today you start with a ride down the valley before tackling the Col de Marie Blanque. It’s a rough and bumpy road, quite steep till 5k to go before the col gets irregular with both hard and easy parts. You descend the Col de Marie Blanque and then with a bit of up and down you arrive in Tardets where you begin the final climb of the day and the last big one of your trip. The little known but picturesque climb of Ahusquy (Col Burdin Olatze) will take you over 1000m before descending down to Saint-Jean-Pied-de Port and your hotel.

Col de Marie Blanque
Average: 4.1 %
Length: 15 km
Height start: 420 m
Height top: 1035 m
Gradient: 615 m

Ahusquy (Col Burdin Olatze)
Average: 4.5 %
Length: 19.2 km
Height start: 210 m
Height top: 1072 m
Gradient: 862 m

Overnight: Saint-Jean-Pied-de Port
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 Saint Jean to Biarritz

69.56 km
Altitude range: 347 Meter (1 Meter to 348 Meter)
Total climb: 794 Meter Total descent: 944 Meter
There are no climbs to speak of today except a small one at the start then it’s mostly downhill for the rest of the morning to Biarritz and the end of your epic journey.

Overnight: Biarritz
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 Transfer to Toulouse

This morning we transfer you back to Toulouse for your flight or train.

Price per person twin share Includes:

  • 9 nights accomodation in a mixture of 2,3 and 4 star hotels (mostly 3 star)
  • All breakfasts
  • Dinners on 5 nights
  • Arrival transfer at Toulouse airport (or rail station)
  • Departure transfer on final day to Toulouse airport (or rail station)
  • Services of experience multi lingual driver/guide with mechanical skills.
  • Full Bikestyle tool kit and spares.
  • 9 seater equipped support van with roof racks for bikes.
  • Daily maps and route instructions
  • Garmin route maps

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